When atoms collide they often release extra energy as a light wave.
I think the same thing must be true of colliding visions.
The collision of Heart Working Women and Gramma’s House created greater light and clearer vision for women’s ministry in Central Western Pennsylvania.
Joy was ready to seek non-profit incorporation for Heart Working Women when she arrived in Purchase Line last November, and I was eager to pass on the In His Hand by-laws for her use. The IHH by-laws, I thought, would be a helpful guide since they had already passed legal examination in the incorporation process. I had only one request: I asked her to keep Ken Sande’s Peacemaker Pledge in her final document. A light wave released and we saw the mighty hand of God. Joy rejoiced in my request because she is a Certified Instructor for Ken Sande’s Relational Wisdom ministry.
We realized that we shared a passion to see believers live in the provision of Christ’s high priestly prayer in John 17. The vision God gave me focused more on the outward expression of Christian unity. I imagined what would happen if the world could see that we are one as the Son and the Father are one. The vision God gave Joy focused more on the inward expression of Christian unity. She imagined what would happen if wounded and weary saints would seek to be one with the Father and Son. I see the body as a whole relating to the world; she sees the individual cells that make up the body relating to each other. I see our skin; she sees our internal organs. We both see our one Lord, one faith, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in us all.
And it is to that one God and Father in us all that we pray for a place and a name in our community.
The building that recently housed Tony’s Small Engine Repair (245 Franklin Street) in Clymer is for sale for $150,000.
It is spacious and open to easily accommodate any ministry we envision together. The front has plenty of room for the things that Heart Working Women might imagine doing together at Gramma’s House
like cooking, crafting , sewing,
and teaching, learning, growing.
There is room for a shared kitchen,
a Wi-Fi café,
a tea room,
with little nooks for bookshelves
and secluded conversation.
But there is so much more!
Above is a family-sized apartment,
and in the back there is a large garage with an added storage area
where hard-working men can gather
to imagine how the Lord wants to use them to bless the community as well. The possibilities are limited only by the scope of our constantly colliding imaginations.
The colliding visions of Heart Working Women and Gramma’s House give us clear direction for ministry now. We are reaching out to women especially, learning how deepening relationships bring us closer to the unity of the body of Christ. We do not need any particular building to continue the work He has laid before us. But if the Lord wants us to have a building as a tangible expression of that unity, we can trust Him to speak to His people to make it so.
We ask only that you listen for His call and imagine!
Imagine a place where congregations connect, and network, and serve together with a power we don’t have whenever we work apart.
Imagine a place where the visions of the believers in our community constantly collide to release ever more and more light into the surrounding darkness.
Imagine a place where young people discover the wonders of the lost art of homemaking and learn the blessings of shouldering God ordained responsibility.
Imagine a place where lonely, hurting people just drop in and find Jesus through His people waiting to show His love in great ways and small.
Imagine a place where our neighbors know they will find the church with her apron on, serving her Lord throughout the week in the routine activities of daily life.
If you think this idea is so crazy that you dismiss it, I understand. If you think this idea is crazy but you are still willing to pray for us, we thank God for every faithful intercessor. If you think this idea is crazy, but you still want to be updated, let us know here at Grammas’ Guide, at the Heart Working Women website, or find me and/or Joy on Facebook.
And if by His grace, you recognize God speaking in our visions, hopes, and dreams, join us in the glorious quest to restore hearts and homes, with or without a building dedicated to that purpose.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.