We are raising money to serve the hurting and homeless of Louisville, KY.
After graduating from Great Lakes Christian College in May '12 and getting married in August '12, we knew that God had brought us together for a purpose. We have been called to Jefferson Street Baptist Center for the purpose of being a selfless witness to the coming fulness of the Kingdom of God. Please help us by being a part of this ministry through your prayers, support, and finances.
“Not yet....not yet.”
This is the phrase Mike continuously repeated as he spoke to me. Mike had applied for our drug and alcohol recovery program, called LifeChange, but the more I asked him about his need for this program, the more he dodged my questions. “There are some things I need to take care of in my life before I commit to a program like this,” he said with a smile on his face. I had heard this phrase from Mike before, as well as from many others. To any onlooker, they would have seen me return his smile with a smile of my own. However, inside, my gut wrenched with frustration as I just wanted to grab Mike by the shoulders, shake him, and implore, “Why do you think this will work now if it hasn’t worked for you in the past?” During a similar conversation I was told by another man about how out of control his life was, and then he proceeded to say “But I’m not ready to give up the drugs and alcohol yet. I’ll come into a program like this when I’m ready.”
While these kinds of conversations are heartbreaking, and far too common, I have hope that Christ will perform in them a good work. See, as our time here at Jeff Street draws to a close, I have been thinking about how God is working in my heart, and what he has been teaching me. As I reflect, and almost simultaneously have conversation like the one above, I think the biggest thing I’ll walk away with is a better understanding of my back-and-forth relationship with the Lord. A relationship that, at its core, is marked by rebellion, but salvaged by grace. I may not verbally speak it, but my life is full of “I-can-fix-it” undertones. Instead of getting frustrated with men that deal with these kinds of addictions, the Lord is working with me; showing me that I am subject to the same kinds of weaknesses and I fall into the same patterns. Praise God that he is gracious. There has been a verse that I’ve clung to over the past 10 months while serving at Jeff Street, one that levels the playing field and reminds us that we are just as weak, without Christ, as the people whom we are serving. Let Hebrews 5:2 encourage you just as it has me: “He is able to deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is subject to weakness.” Hebrews 5:2 (NRSV)
Our God truly is a gracious God. Not only have we been blessed enough to serve His children every day for the past ten months, but even more so, we have been allowed to serve together, as husband and wife, while surrounded by faithful community, both near and far. Stories like the one told above are a common occurrence for us here. Without the support of our friends and family, we could get lost in the frustration and the near-sightedness of seeing pain and failure everyday. As we have struggled through the challenge of ministering to the homeless in the spirit of Hebrews 5:2, you have been there to encourage us through it all. In our days of weariness and frustration, the Lord has used you in incredible ways to pick us up and get us back on our feet. Thank you for inspiring us to continue on this journey these past months.
We are humbled to announce that our internship has nearly come to a close. We have tentatively set our last day to be August 30th. While that date could still change (we could see up to a month fluctuation in that date), we feel strongly that it is time for us to move forward now to our next ministry.
We cannot thank you enough for all you have done during our time here in Louisville. We have been financially blessed, visited multiple times, encouraged by beautiful cards and words, and faithfully prayed for every day. This year has been full of life lessons that we will not quickly forget, one of which has been made painfully clear to us time and time again: We cannot stand alone. The community of Christ is an incredible thing, bringing together all types of people from all walks of life. If we take away only one thing from this whole experience, it is that community is a precious and vital thing, to be treasured and nurtured.
Thank you for who you are and for all you have done in our lives; you are dearly appreciated.
Grace and Peace,
Spencer and Anna Husch