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Assisting the Director

by Sara Wheeler, Assistant to the Director

“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.” – 1st Corinthians 13:13

As the Director’s assistant (aka The Secret Keeper), I see many things go on behind-the-scenes.

Aside from the menial tasks of answering phone calls and emails- my job is to keep Rod Thompson (The Director) on schedule. I have been in this role since March of this year and watching the way Rod handles situations really shows what it takes to be a leader. I get to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. He’s the Director of the Conference Center, the Senior Pastor of Cross Culture Ministries, and also heads up a plethora of other organizations. This is not just a job. This is a ministry that I get to be a part of.

With that said, ministry is people. People are people AND people have problems. So what I’m saying is: ministry comes with lots of problems. The biggest thing I’ve learned in this position has been that I need to have a heart for God’s people if I want to be in His ministry. However, acquiring a heart for people does not come naturally; hearts need to be changed by Jesus. When difficult situations arise, people need critical solutions. When heart-breaking conversations take place, people need encouragement through the Word. Sometimes that means losing sleep and bearing one another’s burdens. Ministry takes time; it’s a sacrifice that needs to be offered willingly.

I’ve never had a job like this before. Each day is a new adventure and although it can be stressful, I know that I am exactly where the Lord wants me to be. Since I’ve started, the Lord has shown me how to patient, quick to listen, and slow to speak. Being able to observe the way each department works has been a privilege and an honor. One day I hope to be on the mission field and I know that the skills I’m presently learning will be used for the rest of my life. Honestly, working for the busiest man alive has been the best job that I’ve ever had and I’m excited to see what else the Lord will teach me through this season.

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