I trust and pray that you are doing well doing this season of quarantine, illness, the economic roller coaster, and all the chaos brought about by these things. At the beginning of 2020, no one knew what was in store for us. Fortunately, we serve a God who is not at all surprised by these events. These times are an invitation to press in further with Him and trust Him more.

I wanted to keep you apprised of what is happening at Where Grace Abounds. We didn’t shut things down in the wake of being asked to stay home. Most of our services have been moved to an online format, primarily via Zoom meetings. For years, the staff and I have discussed offering more services online, and we have resisted. In part because we are a staff of low-tech people, sometimes resistant to change. Also, we have questioned how effective online support can be, especially if it comes at the expense of a face-to-face connection. I’m so pleased that we have made the leap to embrace more technology.

Over the past few weeks of offering our Thursday Night Group via Zoom’s video conferencing, we have been having more people than is typical participating. It has been a real joy to see familiar faces, some who have moved to other parts of the country, now able to join us. We’ve had a few glitches along the way, but it has been fun to learn some new tools and tech and to be able to continue to serve those dealing with such deeply personal issues who need help. And as an added bonus, we have an actual “mute” button to push if someone is taking too much time sharing… LOL.

We are in the beginnings of conversation about what continuing to offer online services might look like in the future, including webinars and support groups. Would you please be praying with us for wisdom about how to proceed? We certainly want to follow God’s leading and not venture down a path He is not asking us to go down. And when you are talking about the internet, there are so many paths! We want to be on the right one.

Ministry at Where Grace Abounds continues. Some speaking and events have been canceled due to the pandemic, but we are picking up those threads in the coming weeks and months, whether we can honor those commitments in person or virtually. Please know that we are here for you and your needs, whether you need to check in over the phone or you would like to visit our Thursday Night Group. We would love to see you there!

Many of you are long time financial supporters of WGA. Thank you for all you have done. We are praying for each of you, that God will continue to provide for your needs. As you are able, would you remember WGA and the men and women we are called to serve? We, along with those in our care, are grateful for any amount you can give, especially during these uncertain times.

 

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 Associate Pastor.

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