When Only God is enough
Praise the Lord! From the lone member at the start of Jesus Club St James, God has steadily grown this club - adding one new member per term. Four members now regularly attend Jesus Club St James every fortnight!
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As a disability support worker, Phoebe Hathwaycares for adults with intellectual disabilities who face complex needs and struggles in their daily lives. Though she often felt frustrated that the help she gave was only a band-aid solution to a much bigger problem they faced - not knowing Jesus Christ and trusting Him as their Lord and Saviour.
"She knew [her clients'] needs were only superficial, in comparison to their real need of knowing Jesus Christ."
She started planning for a disability ministry at her church, beginning with an information night to present the ministry idea and recruit volunteers. Amazingly, four leaders signed up on the first night!
Then three months passed, further attempts at recruiting the remaining leaders failed, and one even pulled out from the ministry. And just as Phoebe was about to give up, she received an email from a couple who came to that information night many months ago. The email said, "We are In! We have Safe Ministry training and we have Working with Children Check. We are ready!"
And just like that, God came through triumphantly and provided the exact help they needed at the time.
Jesus Club Croydon Members and leaders at their Christmas party.
Because of this, where others might feel disheartened at starting a ministry with only one member, Phoebe was only encouraged. "God would provide," she said. And she wasn't wrong.
A term or two into the club's start, Jesus Club Croydon is already expecting its second member. "A 200% growth!" Phoebe said with a big smile on her face. "She is going to feel very well loved!"