I I'm continually made aware of and I am eternally grateful for God's faithfulness in my life. Nothing is possible without HIM. He does all things well and He is always working...sometimes behind the scenes and we wonder what's going on up there but he's ALWAYS working on our behalf.
Today as we worked at HHRM....My new assistant,-Marianna, Jenn & I mostly were in the office, Irma in the Community Closet & reception area, Sasha in the sorting room and other volunteers helping with organizing Baby Blessings, IT work and cleanup... I watched so much work get accomplished in such an efficient manner that it made me smile. What would have taken a couple of weeks is now completed in days and sometimes even in hours. What a blessing to be surrounded by people with incredible skills and gifts to do the work that must be done.
The team that we have so far is working very well together and everyone seems to enjoy working together and that is a true blessing. There's no "me" it's all "we" and that is beautiful. I love it.
I can remember when it was mostly just my mom, dad and I and a couple of volunteers...things got done but lots of times as a friend of mine put it to quote from an Ice Age movie it was "spit, grit and a whole lot of duct tape" which got the job done and was good for that season. The work was overwhelming and the hours were often exhausting just to be honest, though I'm not complaining. Then my dad passed away and mom and I worked together for 7 years enlisting more volunteer help, still working hard and dreaming of the day when we could do things a little bit differently...maybe even have some staff...
I feel that we as an organization are moving into a new season. A new beginning of sorts when all of those seeds sown for many years are beginning to peek through the soil to create a coming harvest...I think of the many seeds that were sewn by my parents, my grandmother and all those who have worked and volunteered through the years at HHRM. They are the seeds of God's word, the seeds of financial sacrifice, the seeds of work that no-one saw being done and also the work that many have been a part of. Many seeds sown with tears for many reasons... all of those seeds are growing and it is my desire that God will see these seeds through to fruition. They are His seeds and He is faithful to His work. He will be faithful to complete the work that He has begun here. We must only be faithful and trust in His faithfulness.
Tonight I will make dinner and will enjoy the evening at home. I don't have to do a ton of paperwork or work on the mailing list and do flyers because it's all done!! I haven't had a time like this in the 10 years that I have been working at HHRM. There was always more work to do late at night and early in the am; emails, mailings, thank you letters, contacts etc. and I never minded doing any of it. My husband is a trooper and never really complained though sometimes he would say, "Take a break..." and I would:) He always helps where he is able to and I am grateful for him and for his support and encouragement.
Thank you to everyone who has encouraged and helps our mission and outreaches in prayer and in many other ways. We are grateful and as we like to say, "The BEST is yet to come."
Kim (Gaines) Gambino serves as the President/Pastor of the Helping Hand Rescue Mission in Huntington Station.