I'm Changed!

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"I'm changed!… I'm changed!"

She exclaimed it over and over... then told us all what had happened.  The night before, she had been paid.  She took the money to the shop.  Bought vegetables and ugali, and went home to cook for her household.
Doesn't sound like such a big deal -until you know her story.

She joined our Addiction Assistance group back in February.  Since then, she has come to almost every meeting... drunk.  She came to our beadwork room, and even rolled paper beads.  But, she was most often the one who started fights, or stole others' work.

Then, about a week and a half ago, she came to us, broken.  This life is over for me.  I HAVE to stop drinking.  
Since then, she has been sober every day.  Gentle.  Helpful.  GOD is at work in her heart!!!
Yesterday, during our daily Bible study she recognized it herself... "I'm changed!"

This morning, as I reflect and praise GOD for His work in her life, I had to reflect on my own life as well... because this transformation is for ALL of us!  How am I growing?  Can I see growth in my life? 

God, please keep on changing me!!!

-CM


"Our perspective should be less about how we are going to fix the materially poor and more about how we can WALK TOGETHER, asking God to fix us both."
Brad Matlack

“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”  Romans 12:2

This  week I got to spend a couple hours with about 25 alcoholics (most of  them drunk) talking about life and Jesus. It was powerful and I believe  that is what church was meant to look like. If you’re sitting in class  trying to learn how to plant churches or counting on your members to  just show up and hear you on Sunday, you’re sitting with the wrong  people. I invite you to join us and be the body of Christ. Being  present, bringing relief, restoring hope, developing ways to do good.  #thecirclestory  brad@thecirclestory.com

This week I got to spend a couple hours with about 25 alcoholics (most of them drunk) talking about life and Jesus. It was powerful and I believe that is what church was meant to look like. If you’re sitting in class trying to learn how to plant churches or counting on your members to just show up and hear you on Sunday, you’re sitting with the wrong people. I invite you to join us and be the body of Christ. Being present, bringing relief, restoring hope, developing ways to do good. #thecirclestory brad@thecirclestory.com

Which comes first?

Which is most important? We are always looking for opportunities to position for discipleship. Galatians 6:9-10a  “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone…” We believe that they are interdependent; particularly when you are walking within a vulnerable community group.

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Press release: Posting this here to mark this event and the launch of this new site.

Renaming Announcement: "We are in the process of rebranding and renaming the jewelry/beadwork our women's group makes. In an effort to bring our work on the ground under one mission, we have decided to rename "Girls With Vision" to "Tazama Nia" (Kiswahili) "looking ahead with anticipation"; it still carries the same meaning. Our vision and the work all remain the same. We are pulling all of our community development efforts in Kenya under one umbrella, name and vision."

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