Todd’s Turn

CCEF–Comforting Others

CCEF stands for the Christian Counseling & Education Foundation.  It is an organization in Pennsylvania that offers online training in counseling.  I (Todd) am almost finished with my 6th course and a Foundations of Biblical Counseling certificate.  During my years with the Torchbearers, I spent a lot of time listening to students who were hurting or struggling.  Some had walked through very difficult things and I was privileged to come alongside them and encourage them.  The courses I am taking now are giving me insight and understanding in how to meet people in their pain to gently guide them to continue to seek God and not get God and life mixed up.

Gracelyn recently fell into stinging nettles and came to us for comfort.  Since her sore was visible, it was easy to fix and mend and she was soon feeling better again.  God has allowed Debbie and I to walk through some deep pain the last few years.  Not only has our family faced numerous physical and financial challenges that are more visible, our more painful struggles have come from people.   Our prayer is that God will use our experiences to soften us and to make both of us more sensitive and empathetic to those who are also struggling.

2 Cor. 1: 3-4  Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

Baptism

Just last week, I got an invitation–hand-written addressed:  “Dear Tott”  It was a girl that has been coming to our youth cafe, but attends a different church in our area.  She wanted me to be present at her baptism.  I was honored to be invited and am excited to be a witness to her new step of faith that she is taking.  It is a blessing to be able to witness God at work in many young people’s lives.  I love that our church has a large youth center and that it is available for all youth to come in Kandern.  Recently we have been encouraging BFA kids to also attend (it requires a bit of courage especially if your German is weak!).  Yet, our youth center is called, “Connexion” and I pray that it will be a place of true “connecting” where different cultures and come together where barriers are broken and people truly can enjoy fellowship together.