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13: Interview with Caring Connections Ministry Director Cynthia Thelen

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May 6, 2020 4:00 pm

13: Interview with Caring Connections Ministry Director Cynthia Thelen

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I am Tyler, I'm here with Andy and we are doing another virtual episode of crossroads, connection, and it's good to see men it is. It's great to see you soon. I think you said that accurately another virtual conversation, getting ready for crossroads connection absolutely yeah yeah man I can't wait we can do this in person. I'm thinking we can do it this way and I'm thankful that we as a church haven't stopped. Really, anything that we've been doing like our our big our mission and our vision for this year hasn't changed. Still year of transformation 2020, so want you to tell people how were still doing that. Yeah, it's a good time conversation because you know I I saw it like this all mean the other day where it had yelled the year 2020, and it was a slide, but about 1/4 the way down the slide is once was straight vertical drop that I think about that because I think boy how many people feel that way right now here we are in May and nobody nobody could've imagined that back you know in November December going into January going into a brand-new year 2020 that nobody would've thought that just like that mean that here we go. 2020s looking great as it was when it got other hand, really quick and I think that a lot of people right now probably feel that way and I think to some degree. People of settled in a little bit of really almost getting tired of hearing that the terminology a new normal, but that's kinda what it is were kind in this new norm of life.

But Tyler, that does not mean that the gospel stops it does not mean that discipleship stops and I think what I really value as a church and as a pastor is that we haven't stopped the pursuit of behaviors of a disciple.

So across his fellowship would say that there are certain behaviors of a disciple that we try to aim for in its connecting people growing people serving people and it's praying and it's giving right and all those things of how to do those things together can I cursor, pray give, we call those behaviors of a disciple.

One of those is growing, it's growing and we want to keep people growing in their faith. So we last year. Last fall, set out on 2020. Being a year transformation and what God made real clear to us was that this was a year for us as a church. The growth of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.

From January 1 all the way through December 31 and were still doing that. That hasn't changed just because there is whatever's happening in the world around us because let's face it, we can replace right now if it was in a pandemic of the coronavirus happening it be something else right. There's other things that will always want to occupy our mind. Space there's other things that are cause people to be afraid that because you will be anxious in the worry and there's all there are so many reasons why people could just stop and just not do anything including their own spiritual being their own growth so we been pursuing that we been pushing that real hard and what I love most about it.

Quite frankly, because I'm the one that's preaching every week I'm writing sermons every week and we are writing sermons and preaching out of what we would've read that week. So, for example, recently we were reading through second Kings chapter 20 through first Chronicles chapter 11 and in the midst of that I preached a passage from second Kings chapter 22 and 23 dealing with an eight-year-old king named Josiah, who by the time he was 26 years old was literally cleaning house of all the idols in in all of Israel.

He was going going on because, and here's why this is the time you want to tie this to they found the book of the law. So if you know that passage in second Kings 22 King just King Josiah now in the 18th year of his reign is 26. He says basically the secretary the house to the Lord's house to go find money so they can pay the workers and while they're looking for money. They find the book allow most theologians believe that this was the book of Deuteronomy at this with the teachings of Moses and they find it and the best we can tell is that it's been a couple hundred years since people have really read the book the law that should've been with the king. It should been by the ark of the covenant in every seven years.

They should've read it as a people and none of that was happening in the open the book and they read it and they are convicted and they start cleaning house of all the idols they get rid of all the idols out of the house of the Lord the cleanup the call everybody to make a covenant back with God, and you see basically an awakening and revival happen what all started by them reading the word of God and I'm convinced that that can still happen today. I'm convinced that happens the same way for us and so I am passionate about it. I love that our church is doing that. I love that we are finding time in our lives to read the Bible together because like I said if it's not one thing it's another thin-skinned keep us from doing ministry and by the way, we are all called to ministry all of us. Yeah, everybody listen to this program that is a Christian believer you are called to do ministry you are called to go in the world to preach the gospel your literally called to be the hands and feet of Jesus and ark in our culture and by the way, Tyler, what a better time to do that than right now when the world really needs the church so that remind me tell you all. Was it a year ago about a year ago or so. Yesterday ago you started to a project of creating a worship album out of Crossroads Fellowship and then you guys did a live recording of that and what you tousled up about that because I think one of the songs on the mistake in one of the songs on that and working in a player here in a few moments for everybody is called called to say at the end of the song is called called a yeah will tell us what is it about that song that makes you feel that that such a relevant song for us to listen to even today. Yeah yeah will the song was part of a project that we released about a year ago. It was a live recording of some of the songs that we had written in the kind of rebirth out of what God is doing here at crossroads and this song was written by one of our leaders Jordan, Jerry, she kinda came with the idea of the song and we formed it and finished up together but it's all about the verses talk about some of the ways that we are all called to live our life that were called to carry hope and love and good news into the hurting in the dark places of the world and we are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus and the course is just this is a course of surrendering saying God would you take every part of me, I give you all of me and I surrender to this life that I'm called to live yeah way that is a great segue and so right now everybody listen. I hope you enjoy this song called from the Crossroads Fellowship worship album rise.

So here you go. Hope you enjoy all the blessings you and you everybody and I do hope that that song inspired you. I would give you hope and quite honestly, I challenge you to today be the hands and feet of Jesus and going to hard places and I'm actually really excited about that Psalm because today we are interviewing Cynthia Thelen who is the director of caring connections ministry.

This is a phenomenal ministry that is doing hard ministry in order to see women succeed in life in various ways. So I'm excited about this so stick with us were have a word from our sponsor real quick and then come out of that right into our interview with Cynthia Thelen, the director of caring connections ministry. Perhaps you've asked yourself this question. Are you running the business or is the business running. You might your teams grow. If your teams are driving the business forward. Instead of you. You are sitting on a wealth of untapped opportunity.

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That's actually a story I can imagine. So it's wonderful when our passion and ministry connect like this and it sounds like you found a great fit with caring connections ministry. Also for those that don't know anything about ministry want to go and just tell us your is really what it's all about what's come the purpose of it in the mission and vision of it all in the Raleigh area are or help them build build yell stop don't work for direction and nearly everyone she knew she had. That's amazing.

So how does a woman find your ministry and streaming server 20 here also are partners with local girls on searching yeah so that's that's amazing. So what if you found to be most fulfilling just for you as Canada, the director of it what what keeps you moving Hank will get you up every day and excited about the ministry all overcome hurdles slowly congratulating me on your living trust seen the relationship be so fulfilling and wonderful to see a woman enter the program and then your program basically about your mentoring and you are girls that started yeah that's wonderful so is our story or testimony or to that you could share with us of of what you see and maybe a woman came in and just walk-throughs are certain stories which are just now on here are nurturing see encouraged heritage trust and stress children for her when a steel building, build someone she knew she could trust her and now she is working hard now.

Yeah, what an incredible story and I'm sure you got multiple ones like that but it sounds like a lot of your love the ministry relies heavily on the mentors so talk about the mentors.

What how Howard will first. How are they trained and and and how maybe semi-listening. How could something extra become a mentor through an initial training we hear so all journey hurting you all whether education is struggled yeah you're right it will will have the same core needs and desires and relationship is at the very top of that, no doubt have you experienced the shed and maybe you have or haven't I was just curious if you experience anybody who's gone through the program and then has come back to be a mentor selling partner going back to school started getting well, that's wonderful. So talk to about the future of caring connections minister were you hoping for in the next season of the ministry. You all are going really well and doing a lot of your don't know where all you just learn absolutely like to.

And so, what's the best way for people to get a hold is a website.com email excellent and so I'm assuming that your ministry is very much donation bases well donation base.

How can somebody give to the ministers well same way. Good website contact you reach out to you.

You nations from individual churches excellent so you'll be there 10 years. This summer is job work out that way sometimes.

Like I was going for transition. 10 years later you're still in transition right you have an approximate number of how many women the last 10 years of use, income through the program you are all here.

What a fantastic news, thank you so much for doing that. They keep doing you look at the website here and I love your statement every woman matters to us in Jesus Christ.

It's our prayer that all of caring connections. Women will feel loved and excited to serve journey toward self-sufficiency and in the living a life of purpose. I love that statement and thank you for what you're doing and so with her, which got a few seconds less one more time tell people how to get a hold of you and the best way gets to the website. Again the email and the phone number you will more time in history.com absolutely will thank you for your passionate obsolete comes through your passion about this and thank you for doing the ministry really appreciate your time to be here on our program. Thank you so much.

Absolutely key for joining and listening to our program today and thank you to Crossroads Fellowship and the Truth Network for making this show possible. You can find out more information about Crossroads Fellowship Crossroads not like if this show has impacted you. We'd love to hear from you.

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