Not Only Kids Learn At VRP!


Ginger James Shares Her Learning Experiences

I was recently reading from a devotional that I enjoy each day and a few sentences resonate with the work I do at STEP.

“I wonder if any of us trust our Master enough to do challenging things we would never instinctively do or things that might make us fearful… Yet Jesus commands us to trust Him enough to do things that may be difficult but that will advance His Kingdom.”

What I have learned in my six months with this ministry has allowed me a firmer foundation of faith as I have ventured into areas – both geographically and emotionally, with people I have never encountered before in such a personal and interactive way. I am happier and more grounded in my faith and life because of this journey. Why? Because I have done this work in the name of STEP? NO. Because I have done this work in the name of the Lord. He has equipped me, educated me, encouraged me and excited me in the work and lives of those who many would call the “least of these”, but who I now call my community or actually, my family.

In the Victory Reading Program, I join students who come to us after a full day at school, both tired and hyped up (yes, both conditions can exist at the same time in those little bodies!) that allow us to assist them with their homework, share in a devotional, pray with them, serve a meal to them and then practice their reading skills together. Most importantly, we just love on them because that is the best way to do the Lord’s work.

In Jobs for Life, I get to come beside amazing, courageous men and women who have decided that their lives will not be defined by their circumstances, but by their purpose in life as defined by our Heavenly Father and Creator. They open their lives and hearts up to allow us and the Lord in and the transformation is too mighty for words and too meaningful to miss. I never left a class that I had not learned something valuable from the lesson taught, the conversations and concerns shared or the fellowship enjoyed. It was truly an uplifting, life changing experience for ME as much as for the students.

I have been blessed, personally and professionally, by the call to join this ministry, to do His work and to offer any time, skill or talent I may have to His mission within STEP. In the end, I have been transformed and I am excited to see what else He has in store in 2016 for me and for YOU!

As you look ahead to the New Year, won’t you consider saying “YES!” to join His work in Gilpin Court? I invite you to be a part of His story with us here at STEP.

Ginger James
Community Outreach Coordinator, STEP Richmond