Reflections from Brenda Bauer, Executive Director 2008-2015

By: Joy Stutzman|March 8, 2016

BrendaAs I reflect on my time as Executive Director of Life’s Choices, two words come to mind, change and growth. The change and growth God instilled in me during my time of service.

Prior to assuming the position of Executive Director at Life’s Choices my work experience was in the business world.  Assuming the position of director was a major change for me and my first experience working in a nonprofit organization and most importantly a ministry.

As I transitioned into my new role, I soon realized that no matter what position we hold in a ministry, we are directly accountable to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, as the ministry is His.  We are merely servants entrusted to fulfill His Plan for such a time as this.

It wasn’t very long into my time of service, that I gained wisdom that only God could provide through some very teachable moments. As a result of staffing changes I found myself handling the day to day role of client services rep. It became very apparent that the situations in which our clients find themselves are complex and many times are a result of severe brokenness for such very precious young people. It was during this time that God developed the gift of mercy in my life.

It is to Him we need to look for direction; Psalm 119:133 NIV “Direct my footsteps according to your word….”. It is to Him we seek our provision; Philippians 4:19 NIV “And my God will meet all your needs….”.  This does not, however, exempt us from hard work. Colossians 3:23 tells us “Whatever you do work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men….” NIV

It was through God’s direction and provision that Life’s Choices and Second Chance Boutique were established in Hamburg. This could not have come to fruition in and of our own strength. Too many situations occurred that were not coincidental but rather supernatural.

God’s leading and connecting the dots like only He can do, provided Life’s Choices, Kutztown with the opportunity to offer STI testing 2 years ago.  Client growth has occurred. This is not just reflected in the number of tests being completed, but in the number of lives that have been impacted through this service. This has opened the door to life changing conversations that may not have otherwise happened. To God be the glory!

It is my prayer that as God has called this season of service to an end for me at Life’s Choices; Daniel 2:21 “He changes times and seasons.”; He will remain at the helm of His ministry as he directs and provides to fulfill His plan for such a time as this.

I look with anticipation as individuals, whether continuing or new to the ministry, serve at Life’s Choices. I pray that they will be blessed as I have been by seeing God’s hand at work in ways I never previously experienced.

I also look forward to see what God has for me as I enter this new season. He is faithful!

Brenda

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