Ministry Tag

Hey, there! My name is Lara and I am beyond thrilled to introduce myself as the REAP Team’s newest Retreat Leader!

I’m a big fan of laughing, Mary (Momma Mary, that is), green tea (preferably iced, always unsweet), and Chick-fil-A (I love it so much I gave it up for Lent one year). In my free time you can find me playing my cello, running with my sweet doggo, Grantley, or managing his Instagram account, @hello.grantley. I believe that St. Catherine of Siena got it right when she said “Be who you were made to be and you will set the world on fire.” The world needs more people who can be brave and bold and step out in faith…and that’s what I’m striving to do!

Those of us who have devoted our lives to helping God’s kids by serving in the fields of youth ministry and education can tend to feel overwhelmed most (if not all) of the time. Whether we are full-time, part-time, or volunteers, it’s demanding and tireless work.

And we spend so much time and energy dedicated to improving the lives of other people’s children that those of us with children of our own can sometimes wonder… what about my own kids? Am I giving them the attention that they need, or are they being unintentionally neglected because of the amount of time I spend in ministry?

As a teenager, my friend Mike was at a very low point in his life – seriously considering harming himself in the most permanent way. In that moment, seemingly out of the blue, a friend reached out to him and asked if he wanted to hang out and do something. Mike said yes to his friend, and – looking back – he believes that phone call saved his life.