As you may know, in July, we decided to end Diakonos Independent Ministries of Maryland after four years of hard choices and not gaining the traction we were praying for. We don’t count this as a failure or loss but instead a stepping stone—a small part of God’s greater plan. To say I was feeling a little lost would be an understatement. Two days after we decided to finalize the shutdown, I prayed,
“Lord, It is obvious that you are taking things in new directions. I trust this is all part of your plan, but I feel discouraged.
Father, you know I’m not one to ask you to show me anything because I trust your direction, but tonight, I just need some encouragement.”
I concluded my nightly prayers and went about my pre-bedtime social media rounds. Not giving it another thought. While scrolling through Facebook®, I discovered something I had never seen in my feed. It was an ad for a new church plant. I was intrigued, and I learned it was in my town and that their first public event was the following evening.
But this is not what captivated me the most. What caught my attention was the bold words in the ad, “YOU BELONG HERE.” I sat mesmerized by this for several minutes. I said, “There is no way I can ignore this. Could this be the encouragement I was asking for?” Taking the short road of the story, I reached out to Pastor Michael Eufemia, the Senior Pastor, and explained my journey. He invited me to join them with open arms, and we would meet again later the following week.
So, where am I going with all this? It has now been just over three months. Though I am not serving in a pastoral capacity at this stage of the plant’s growth (which I’m totally cool with), I am now serving as the prayer team leader of Charm City Church in Abingdon, Maryland. Wow, what a ride it has been. I am working with a much younger group, and they have energized me. They have made me look at many things from different perspectives I had not previously considered. But they are true to God’s word and preach the scripture. Now, working with Pastor Michael, Pastor Andrew, and the rest of the team, we are growing every week. This is only part of the story.