I never cease to be amazed by God’s abundant provision for Restoration.
There is a saying in church planting that happens to also ring true in all of ministry. I’ve shared this quote many times before and will continue to use it for the rest of my ministry: “The fruit is in the harvest.” I cannot take credit for this saying but over the years I have certainly found this to be true in the ministries at Restoration. God simply brings the right people, with the right gifts, at the right time to do His work through the church.
However, when it comes to believing this quote and that God is at work, the greatest challenge is to be diligent in prayer, waiting on God’s timing and looking for those answers to prayer. Then at the right time, God will provide the right person, opportunity or situation. Jesus reminds us of this in Luke 12:22-34 when he says, “do not be anxious about your life.” We can be confident that God knows our needs even before we ask.
I was reminded of this again as we asked for God’s provision for a very specific need for our church this summer.
At the beginning of the summer, I had a conversation with our children’s director Jenny Athey about the upcoming year of children’s ministry at Restoration. Jenny, who is a very gifted director, teacher, and mother shared with me that she would be stepping down as children’s director at the end of the summer due to a very busy family schedule. She shared with me that this was not an easy decision but felt the Lord leading her to make this choice for the sake of their family. (It’s important to note that the Atheys are not leaving Restoration and are valued members of our community.)
Our staff and vestry began praying and looking for Restoration’s next children’s director. After praying, waiting, and observing to see where the Lord was working, knowing very well that “the fruit is in the harvest,” the Lord brought the right candidate across our path at the perfect moment. I am happy to announce that Robin Floch will be the new children’s director for Restoration.
Robin spent her youth in Dallas before pursuing a degree in Christian Education (BA) and Christian Formation and Ministry (MA) from Wheaton College in Illinois. Robin quickly realized her “hobby was becoming a calling” over the course of her recent role as the director of a children’s ministry at a mid-size Anglican Church in Raleigh, NC. She brings Restoration her passion for guiding children through the Bible and the Church Year and a commitment to intergenerational worship. I look forward to the way Robin will partner with parents and children’s ministry volunteers to nurture the spiritual lives of the children of Restoration. If you would like to read more about her, she has a website called worshipwithchildren.com where she offers curriculum and shares more of her philosophy on children’s ministry.
We rejoice in God’s provision in bringing Robin to Restoration and I hope you will take the time to welcome her into our family as well as giving Jenny Athey a hug to say “thank you” for her job well done. I love watching God work at Restoration and am reminded how He cares about the details in our life and ministry.
Remember, “the fruit is in the harvest!”