Living Nativity

20111205-160541.jpgI am so proud of our team that portrayed the birth of Christ at our second annual Living Nativity! And I’m grateful that we were asked to be a part of the annual Mingle With Kris Kringle event in downtown Cedar Springs.

Pictures don’t really do it full justice, but it’s a start, so click here to see the pictures and a couple of videos too.

My Newest Assignment

I truly believe that God directs our steps. I like Jeremiah’s prayer:

I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own; it is not for man to direct his steps. (Jeremiah 10:23)

I also believe that God gives us talents and strengths, and then puts us in settings where we can use those strengths to glorify Him. Moving to Cedar Springs was truly a God-directed step for my family, and doing so has put us in so many settings where we can all use our talents.

My latest opportunity to use my God-given strengths is as the interim director of the En Gedi Youth Center. This is an outstanding program that provides a safe and constructive environment for students after school. In just a couple of weeks in this new assignment, I’ve already met so many new people and I’ve seen so much more potential. I cannot wait to see what will happen next!

The Cedar Springs Post has an article in this week’s edition about my new temporary assignment (read the full article here). I love this forward-looking quote from the En Gedi Board chair Sue Wolfe:

“Craig is a wonderful gift to En Gedi, our students, and community. He is already involved with many local organizations. The transition from Tom [the first director and current Board member] to Craig has gone well and the board is enthusiastically moving forward in securing a permanent Executive Director,” said Wolfe. “En Gedi is ready to take a leap of faith into the next phase of organization’s goal to open a youth center room in the high school and middle school. We see the need and believe we should now move forward in expanding programs, services, and special events to our community’s youth and families.”

I’m thrilled to be a part of this leap of faith that En Gedi is about to take!

UPDATE: My assignment as “interim” director of this ministry turned into a 10-year-long ministry position!

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