Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. I love having a day set aside to focus on the things we are grateful for. It isn’t about gifts or shopping. Perhaps it is too much about food. LOL. This year, perhaps more than most, it seems especially important to practice gratitude. Can we challenge ourselves to turn our disappointments into something to offer thanks for? Here are a few areas I am working on:

  • I’m disappointed that we haven’t been able to do as much in person ministry. But I am encouraged how God has used technology (Zoom meetings) in fruitful ways I didn’t expect. I am thankful that we have been “forced” to press into some new avenues to reach people we haven’t used before.
  • I am disappointed that we had to cancel our plans for traveling to see family for Thanksgiving. But I am grateful that I have friends and family nearby, and technology that allows us to connect in ways we haven’t been able to before.
  • I am really bummed out that we can’t have our traditional Movie Marathon Day this year (a 20 year tradition) because the theaters are closed. But I am grateful that the weather has been beautiful and I’ve been able to get outside every day.
  • I am super frustrated my daughter’s school is only able to meet virtually and how that affects our ability to work. But I am grateful that we have been able to be involved in what she is learning and spend more time together (even when we are tired of each other 😉 ).

As you prepare for your holiday, would you remember a few prayer requests for WGA and those in our midst?

  • That faith communities would rise up and become family for those who need one.
  • For those struggling with loneliness and despair, that God would meet them there and give them the awareness of His presence in the lives.
  • That those dealing with temptation towards addiction will find true connection, rather than the false.

 

How can we pray for you? What are you struggling with and what are thankful for?

 

Roger Jones

Roger Jones

Executive Director

In the spring of 1995, the conflict Roger felt between his faith and his sexuality, as well as an addiction to pornography, led him to WGA. His personal journey has provided him unique insights into sexuality and the pain of adversity, which he shares through his testimony, facilitation of small groups, writing and public speaking. Roger began working with WGA in October of 1996 as the Assistant office Manager. Since that time, he has worn many hats and served in several different positions, including Assistant Program Director and Operations Director. In April of 2007, Roger assumed the position of Executive Director. Roger attended West Texas A&M University, where he studied Music Business. Much of his training has been “on the job,” where he was mentored by the ministry’s Founder, Mary Heathman, and the Program Director, Scott Kingry. He holds a BA from West Texas A&M University. Roger, his wife Jill, and their daughter Julia and son William, attend Celebration Community Church where Jill serves as Senior Pastor.

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