What a treat Mercy staff enjoyed last Saturday!
Executive Director Nicola Bartel and Program Director Rachelle Ashbee planned a half day for staff members to get together as a team and to be served by them.
Staff members at Mercy Ministries, don’t often get the opportunity to be in the same room at the same time because of the different shifts in a 24 hour a day program and the different roles played to bring hope and healing to hurting young women. Every detail was planned to minister to Mercy Ministries workers and to provide an opportunity for intimacy and greater unity.
With instrumental worship music in the background, the morning started with a light breakfast, and a devotional by Nicola. She reminded staff members – starting in 1Corinthians 12: 4- 6 – of the way each person represents a unique piece of a puzzle that forms the whole picture, both in the body of Christ, and at Mercy Ministries.
For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us
Then in obedience to Jesus teachings, staff members, paired up and washed each others feet in a powerful demonstration of service to each other. “We ask the residents to serve each other all the time” explains Rachelle “So we should be serving each other as well.”
After an emotional time that included prayer, encouragement and intimate conversation. Staff members paired up with a different person, interviewed them and shared what they had learned with the rest of the team. Staff learned some surprising and some fun information about each other which, as Nicola put it “really helps with authenticity.”
The pamper day concluded with staff sharing ideas about self care over a sumptuous lunch created by Alan Koller and washed down with his delicious dairy-free chocolate mouse. Finally, each staff member was surprised with a gift bag , filled with goodies donated by supporters who care!
Thank you to all our supporters and well wishers who contribute to make service at Mercy such a joy!