Awesome Opportunity and Almost FREE Rent!!

Now I know this post is a little out of the ordinary, but let me tell you it REALLY WORKED for My Prince and me!!! In 2003, my kids were one and three. My husband was a youth pastor for a small church when he really "felt called" to go to seminary (through some hard stuff) and get his Masters of Theology. He had been taking online classes through a seminary, but he really thought that we needed to move in closer to a seminary to just buckle down and get through it.

No, I did not agree initially, but God can work miracles, you know. It was approximately one month until classes started when we decided to move and we had just bought our first house the previous year and both of our families lived very near (and I am a momma's girl). Ugh! Ok, Lord what are we going to do?

Prince JM started talking to people he knew who went to the seminary that he chose and someone mentioned a thing called CARES. The guy that Prince JM talked with said that CARES Teams were like event coordinators who built relationships with the residents as well as planned events to get the community together. You can imagine that we had a lot of opportunity to love on the residents as well as our neighbors. We did have to pay a $250 CARES fee, but that was it! They supplied a two bedroom, two bath apartment in return for our service there. So we applied and got accepted and it was one of the best experiences we have ever had. We served as a "CARES Team" for almost three years and now Prince JM is a pastor at a small church in Arkansas. We still have pancake breakfasts in honor of our time there flipping pancakes.

Let me tell you, if you are interested in serving the Lord in an apartment (i.e. moving) and you have a few hospitality/administrative skills then this is the thing for you. It is awesome. Email me or check out their website if you have questions.

I do have to say that I work for them as an admin/applications gal, but I felt like this was a little secret that needed to be shared. It is in nine major cities and you might just move to one of them one day so you need to know about this. Also, I do not get a "bonus" for this, but I just love CARES! Had to share! Hope this is a blessing to you or someone you know.

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tootie said...

What a neat story - thanks for sharing!

Real Life Sarah said...

What a great opportunity! I love seeing how God provides!

happygeek said...

Soo neat! I have friends talking about going to the "other" seminary in the area, I'll have to let them know about this!

John Mark said...

Your site is very cool looking now. I am going to tell all my friends about you. :-P

Peggie said...

I have heard of CARES but never knew anyone that had been with them. That is an awesome thing, thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I LOVE the new look! The clappy princess is great! The whole thing is, actually - It's just adorable!