I never realized when I opened my own business that it would be such a fertile ground for ministry. From making classes accessible through low tuition rates and scholarship opportunities to providing a healthy environment for kids, there is something special happening at this place God has given to me.
Opportunities also come up to talk about faith. Just this week I dealt with a set of cousins that are dear girls but both struggle with their own personal issues relating to family. They have been spending a bit too much time together and are starting to get on each other’s nerves. In her frustration, one cousin made some very embarrassment comments about the other in front of the group of kids. A lesson in reconciliation was in order. Though the conversation was directive in nature, I could see both girls soften as they apologized and offered forgiveness to one another. Even more than what was happening between them was the seeming relief of having a mediator. They both felt loved. After a few minutes of conversation, one of the girls said she wished I would come live with them.
The conversation was such a reminder that kids thrive within good boundaries. This same little girl lied to me earlier in the week telling me she had not brought a drink with the hope that I would give her soda. I corrected her and gave instruction for how she should have handled the situation. She apologized, and today when she wanted soda, she politely followed the instructions, “Miss Jenny, I brought water, but I would still like something else to drink. May I have some soda?”
I am entrusted with my business, with the families, and the students. The best part of this week was not the new enrollment numbers, the mostly-well-behaved kids, or the much needed rent money that came in. The best part of this week was getting to talk about Jesus with a couple of the students and getting to shower some love on kids. Praise God that He has entrusted me with my business.