BY CHAQUANA TOWNSEND
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, (21) to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
I never thought in a million years that after three years of full-time ministry I would say goodbye to a place I love so dearly. My time at Common Ground Montgomery has been an absolute blessing because I have seen the hand of the Lord in both the good, the bad, and the ugly. I have given my all and poured out my life as a drink offering because these children and parents are so worth it. Their lives matter because they were created by the God of the universe despite what anyone else in the world may say. They have taught me how to love hard and relentlessly. They have taught me how to say "no" when I have nothing left to give. They have loved me so well despite my failures and sin, and I am so thankful for them! I will never see the world the same again because of my time here at CGM.
However, the Lord has spoken and I will take heed to His calling. As the lower school director at CGM I have the opportunity to visit multiple schools, observe classrooms, and talk to teachers. I get the opportunity to read with students and help with homework and projects, all of which has shaped my view of education. I have such a deep respect for teachers because many educators genuinely care about the livelihood of their students. As I observed, watched, and gleaned from different teachers, my desire is to be on the other side. I absolutely love working with children! It's the thing that makes me come alive! Children have captured my heart, and I know the Lord has called me to continue to teach them in some capacity, which is why I have enrolled in graduate school. I will become a full-time student for a few more years so that I can be better equipped to be the best teacher that I believe God wants me to be.
To my CGM family and the community of Washington Park:
Thank you! Thank you for showing me how to depend on God in ways I never knew how. Thank you for giving me hope in the midst of darkness. Thank you for teaching me to run hard even when I want to throw in the towel. Thank you for pushing me into the arms of a heavenly Father who knows what I need before I ask. Thank you so much for helping me to believe that God does indeed hear the cries of His people. Thank you for everything you have done for me because I am truly convinced that my time at Common Ground was just a small glimpse of the amazing things God has in store for me.
Although my leave is bitter sweet, I must obey the Lord above all else and follow his lead. For those of you who are transitioning to a new season, trust the God of the universe who never lies. His ways are perfect, and He is good. I am so excited to see what God does in the years to come because I know He will do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we ask or think.