Friday, September 15, 2006

Support group - a report

Today was the big day. We had our first meeting of the support group. It was a tiny group; there were only four of us: me, my co-facilitator and two others. But, though there were few, we had a good meeting. Lots of good sharing. I was very happy with how it went.

A few weeks ago I felt nervous about facilitating. But today I felt prepared, and actually eager to begin. I felt comfortable in the role. I can sense that this is work God truly wants me to do.

I know that the group will grow only gradually. It takes courage to join something new like this, especially if you're not well. And even if there's only a handful of us, it will be worthwhile. I think that all of us who were there got something out of the meeting.

Our pastor sat in on the first half of the meeting. It's so good to have a sensitive person like him supporting this project. In fact, he's excited about it. If only all churches had leadership like this. He has inspired me and encouraged me. I'm so grateful for all the support I've found in this church.

Soon I will be getting back to work on my book. I know that one thing I will have to write about is this program. I want to describe how we run it and the benefits it provides, not only to people in our church but to the community. Perhaps readers will be inspired to start such a group in their own church.

Today I'm thankful for all the friends who are supporting me and my work. I know there are people praying for me and I can sense it helping. Today I very much felt God's presence.


Dream Writer said...

Marjar - I am so happy for you. That is so wonderful. I understand when you say that God wants you to do this. I feel this way about Domestic Violence. I really believe it is my mission in life. I have to do this.

I was a facilitator (Creative Writing classes) at one time. It is a fun thing to do and kinda scary. To be organized and prepared for these workshops can become overwhelming.

It sounds like you are doing a great job!!

marja said...

Thank you, dream writer. It does feel good when you do something that just feels so right, doesn't it?

jane said...

You're so right about it taking a lot to join a group like this. That's something I haven't even given very much thought to, just cuz I know I'm not there yet.
I think it's wonderful that your Pastor is involved. For so long it seems as if people thought the mentally ill were posessed or something like that. His presence gives much needed validation to people who need to be validated. Please tell him thanks for me, if you remember.
Thank you for visiting my blog. I enjoyed reading this post. :)