I am so excited at watching and being involved in CAP. We have been running as a Debt Centre and Money Course for four years in January and it has been a privilege to get to know clients and supporters through this amazing work.
As the Bible says there is a time for everything. Unbeknown to me, my time at CAP has rather surprisingly come to a change. I have been asked by Soul Survivor to be their Conference Manager and am going to be working in Watford three days a week. Soul Survivor and Watford have quite a bit of history for both John and me. As many of you are aware John was a youth worker before vicardom and we used to take young people each year to Soul Survivor. It was at one of these conferences that John felt the call to ordination and the Vicar adventure begun for us.
I have worked for Soul Survivor twice in the past, as their Church Secretary when John and I were first married and as PA to Mike Pilavachi when we moved to Ware.
We are delighted that our youth here at Christ Church go to the festival each and every year and are delighted that both our children are going next year – something that we have been praying for even before we had children. (Nothing like praying in advance!!)
Working alongside Sam has been amazing. She is a gift from God to me and working with her in doing God’s work we have laughed, loved, as well as cried together over many situations.
I have made so many good friends in our clients. One client rather proudly brought me her baby at three days old. I hugged her and then proceeded to tell her off as to why she wasn’t in bed. I have giggled with clients who have phoned and had to confess that their animals had eaten their paperwork. I have celebrated clients who have gone from not having anything in their cupboards to eat to bumping into them in Tesco and saying in a very cheeky way – is it in the budget?! I have met with past clients who have gone debt free and started a new job and wanted help with organising their budget.
Sam and I have recently been to ‘The Gathering’ in Harrogate and whilst we were there we were given a wooden disc with “just maybe” on one side and “always hope” on the other.
JUST MAYBE. In my work with CAP I have met people and just maybe their life can change. Just maybe they can go debt free. Just maybe they can get a job. Just maybe life can get better. In my work with CAP I have seen clients whose lives have changed. Clients who have gone debt free. Clients whose lives have got better and in some cases they have met with Jesus and have learnt that there is ALWAYS HOPE.
I’ve seen people get hold of hope in so many different ways. Answer their phones, getting out and about, begin a college course, get a job. In working for CAP I have truly and deeply learnt that there is ALWAYS HOPE.
Footnote – By Sam: I wish to take this opportunity to record my thanks to Heather for all her support in the last four years we have worked together. As she said, it has been an amazing journey and I am immensely grateful for her wisdom, her diligence, her kindness, her prayerfulness and her willingness to challenge and just get stuck in! We have learned a lot together and have been blessed by the opportunities that God has given us to be a part of the lives of others, both clients and supporters and I think we have seen glimpses of what God’s kingdom looks like.
Thank you, Heather, for being you and for keeping Jesus as the focus of all we have done. We pray that you will continue to experience God’s blessing in your new adventure with Soul Survivor.Tags: CAP, Magazine