Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Caring About CareNet...

Well, let me just start by saying I have not been a good blogger...my fear of not knowing how to post pictures and well, let's face it, out right laziness has kept me from being a faithful member of the blog family. But alas, here I am, and I will try to do better!

A couple of weeks ago Adam and I sang at the CareNet banquet here. It was such a special night...they were celebrating 15 years of ministry, and asked me to sing because I first trained there in high school as a volunteer, back in 1998. We sang 3 songs: A Grateful People (Watermark, from their last album), Field of Souls (a Watson original, thanks Wayne) and Give It Away (old Michael W. Smith song, great lyrics!) My wonderful doctor, Dr. Moore, was honored for serving on the medical board since the center opened and for providing their ultrasound machine. It was so moving to hear about what God has done through the ministry over the years. It made me miss CareNet in Waco so much, with all my dear friends and the amazing clients! I enjoyed looking back on my time there and praising God for such an amazing and vital ministry.

They did a couple of really cool things during the evening. One thing I loved was the decor--they had a professional photographer (who donated their talents) take pictures of clients' children, and their black and white photos decorated all the tables. When I walked in and saw the dozens of tables covered in striking photographs, I was immediately moved! It was awesome! They also hung 10,000 lights across the stage, each light representing each client they have seen over the years. Among the white lights were red lights strewn throughout, which symbolized those who had accepted Christ while at CareNet. Wow, talk about effective! They turned the lights on right before we sang Field of Souls...it was a really neat moment. We found out that they had a record night financially, with more money given than ever before. With a huge increase in their services, they had a dire need for more support. Thank you, Lord, for always providing what we need!

I am so thankful for the ministry of CareNet, both to the clients they see and the effect it had on my life in Waco. God is so good!


Nicki W. said...

YAY!!! I was about to pull your card! You look amazing...we really miss you. Our banquet was last Tuesday and it was lovely. I am so happy to see you still using your talents in that wonderful ministry. I just wish you had sung my fave, "Water Color Ponies". Wishful thinking. Love you!

laura said...

Nicki, you are so encouraging! I really needed that tonight! I really miss you guys too, and I wish I could have been at your banquet! Thinking about you and praying for baby Dub--love you!