*** Originally Posted: by Melody Rossi on Tue, 01/11/2011 – 3:56pm
The award-winning Christian Examiner, the largest Christian Newspaper in the country, is featuring Cloud and Fire on the front page of its “Year in Review” issue this month. The article highlights some of our gang prevention and intervention work with inner city youth, including a very nice mention of our job readiness workshops. But more than that, the article captures the essence of our philosophy—we take one step at a time.
I absolutely believe that walking in faith means that most of the time, we just can’t see what is up ahead and we have to trust the Lord to lead us. I have always loved the story of Moses (thank you, Charleston Heston!), and every since I had a life-threatening illness, that story has defined my walk with God. There are very few times in life when the road is mapped out ahead of us. Most of the time, I think we have to just trust God. Here’s a quote from the Christian Examiner that says it nicely:
When I was sick and trying to reinvent my life, I discovered that we find God’s will by just following Him one day at a time. He doesn’t usually tell us the destination. Instead, He asks us to take one small step of faith after another. When we do that enough times, pretty soon, we find ourselves just where He intended us to go all the time. This ministry is founded on that principle—just follow where God is leading.
As we serve inner city youth, we are just following God’s leading one day at a time. And, that is what we ask the youth to do, too. Just do the right thing today—even if you can’t worry about tomorrow yet, just follow God and seize the opportunities He puts before you.
We have had our own “year in review” around Cloud and Fire, too. We want to crystallize what we do, and put into one simple statement the life-changing impact that this little ministry has on young people who are trying to put their lives back together. Here’s what we have landed on so far:
Helping urban youth take the best next step.
Tell us what you think!