Lara Potts founded Redeeming Grace Ministries in 2018. She has served in ministries for the past 25 years and the Lord has given her a passion for women that are often overlooked and forgotten. She desires for them to know how loved and worthy they are!
Laura Cook, Realtor, eXp Realty
Kari Glemaker, Ministry Coordinator, Grace Auburn
Rodney King, Vice President, Dixie Electric, Heating and Air
Clay Lane, Lee County Market President, Midsouth Bank
Brett Peterson, Senior Field Consultant, Chick-Fil-A
Dave Potts, Web Content Manager, RotoGrinders
Chris Ross, LPC, Ross Counseling Center LLC
Dr. Valarie Thomas, Professor, Auburn University
For several years I taught and mentored women in a rehabilitation program. At first I couldn’t relate to the situations that the women had experienced. Situations like losing a job, relationships with family, a marriage, custody of children, and their homes. After one very difficult day where lots of heartbreaking stories were shared, I prayed on the way home. I wondered what I had to offer the women since I could not relate to the same situations. The Lord spoke to my heart and said, “I didn’t call you to relate, I called you to love.” That was turning point because I knew I could love! For some of the women this was the first time that they had been loved without expecting anything in return. I continued to show up and love the women unconditionally!
I began to notice that when the women would complete the rehab program and move out to rebuild their lives, that most would quickly relapse. Getting sober is difficult, and rehabs are designed to help people obtain sobriety. Learning to live sober and maintain sobriety takes a whole other set of skills.
Watching women, who have fought to regain their lives and become my friends, relapse was devastatingly crushing. Words don’t do justice when describing this. After one particularly hard time, my husband, Dave, told me it was time to do something different. It took me a little longer to agree. I mean who does something crazy like start a ministry and extensive program like this?
But this is a passion that the Lord has given me and I couldn’t be anywhere else doing anything but this. The past two years have been full of adventure, learning, disappointment, great joy, fear, peace and utter amazement at what the Lord is doing. We are looking forward to finishing the renovations on the home we are renting, for $1 per year. Yes, $1 rental each year! That’s a whole other story I would love to share with you! We are praying for the women that will be joining us in 2021. We are praying for them a lot. Would you join us?