The God Who Sees Us

A question I get asked a lot is how will we measure success for RGM.

At first this was very daunting. I feel the weight of being accountable to the donors, churches and foundations that financially support our work. One of our core values is to “Be Excellent Stewards of our Finances.”
After much thought and discussion this is our answer:

“Success in our work looks like chaos sometimes. We have women addressing painful wounds, separation from family members, and overwhelming obstacles to living an independent life. So we celebrate day to day intrinsic successes as well as measurable ones.

The biggest way we measure success is that the women develop a relationship with God, stay and participate in our program, and experience freedom from substance abuse. Day to day successes include doing hard emotional work by showing up and participating in classes and counseling sessions, getting to work on time, addressing their debt- financially and relationally. Big successes are completing the classes and training, getting a job, opening a bank account, paying off debt, and navigating legal situations.

To measure success for our residents in a more tangible way, we track numbers of studies completed, training certificates earned, counseling sessions, and service projects. We celebrate their sober time. We have a self assessment that the residents complete at different intervals to measure their growth in multiple areas.”

It has been a joy to witness the women’s relationship and trust with God deepen.

Recently we were invited to the beach for a weekend. Our host misplaced the house key for a while. An hour-long search ensued. Finally, I prayed and asked Jesus to help us find the key and have a good laugh about it when we did. Immediately- not a few minutes, or after searching more,- IMMEDIATELY, our newest resident looked up and saw the key hanging on a hook near the door.
Some might call this a coincidence. However, I have had too many “coincidences” in my life to not recognize the fingerprints of God in this situation. This is one of many “coincidences” for this resident over the last few weeks.

I know that it is God showing her that He sees her and cares about her every need.

Thank you for providing the space for God to work in these women’s lives. Our next resident is scheduled to come in September. Please be in prayer for her as she prepares to transition to RGM.
The Lord has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted, and to proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed!
Isaiah 61: 1

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