We met up with the team for prayer before the store was opened last Friday. It was a team of a dozen or so of staff and volunteers with real life prayer requests and needs, joining together to serve the needs of their community.
GraceWorks Ministry in Franklin, Tennessee is dedicated to sharing the hope and grace of God by helping our neighbors in need. This dream comes alive for them in the form of a thrift store, food pantry, crisis support, and spiritual encouragement for people in their community.
We learned about the history from their director, Carol. The dream was launched when several churches in the area realized the need for an effective way to serve those in need in their county. The churches reached past the denominational lines and joined together to birth GraceWorks in 1995.
They have a staff of 15-20 and around 200 volunteers who serve on any given week. It is a massive undertaking. Their network grew even stronger as they responded to the needs of the flood victims last year.
They experienced the power of the body of Christ. We could feel it too as we served along beside them. The unity. The love that compels them to help their neighbors.
We asked Carol what the most difficult part of her job is and she said, “When we have to say ‘no’ to someone. We simply can’t meet every need.”
Does their dream stir something in your heart? Is God asking you to serve the people in need in your community?
You probably aren’t alone. Complete the form on the Kingdom Dreams page to let us know about your dream – maybe there is another dreamer who shares a similar passion?