Ann Carter has been a member of The Church of the Resurrection for eight years. She serves in the Bless the School ministry, at the Hope Center, and in the Christmas Joy in Service ministry.
I grew up with little direction, so anything I accomplished I had to do without help—or so I thought. I always had a deep commitment to Christ. During my seventh and eighth grade years, I would walk a mile to our little Catholic church (ironically named Resurrection) to sing at our Friday night Novena services, where there might be a dozen people, the priest, the organist and me. None of the rest of the choir ever came—I don’t know why it was so important to me to be there. I was on my own financially in college, had little contact with family, married after college, and worked and had kids. Through it all I knew Christ was there to talk to, but I never read the Bible, and just prayed sporadically.
Fifteen years ago we moved here and attended a Catholic church, but I felt something was missing. One Christmas, my husband suggested we attend Resurrection to hear Adam Hamilton speak. Adam’s views on our faith were different than any I ever heard. I was hooked. I began to volunteer and found out what a “church home” really meant. The congregation really welcomed everyone and taught a different way of life than I had ever known. As my faith deepened, I found a growing peace, became more accepting of myself and others, and had more love for my Savior. I also read the Bible and tried to apply it to my life.
The real awakening came one day when I was working on a project where I needed to get 150 people to go to West Bottoms to put together flood buckets. I was always willing to serve close to home, but was not interested in venturing to the inner city—even for an afternoon. As I stood at my kitchen counter wondering how to make this happen, I handed the project to God and said, “If you want this done, you will have to make it happen. I have no idea how to get 150 people to assemble flood buckets in West Bottoms.” At literally that moment, I received a call from a Resurrection staff member who said she needed a project for 50 people on the same afternoon we were to assemble this project. I could almost hear God laugh as he saw the amazement on my face. That was only the beginning of the deepening of my faith. I now know if it’s God’s will, he will get it done, and bless everyone who is along for the ride with him. And he continues to amaze me.
I know a peace now that I have never felt—the peace that comes from knowing no matter what, God is on my side.
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