Have you ever taken a really close look at a tapestry? From a distance, you see a picture, some sort of design. But up close, you discover that the design is made up of many threads woven over and under each other. Each is only visible for a small space, but makes up part of the final image.
I used to think my life was a tapestry, that different events and relationships came together to create the image that was me. But lately, I’ve come to see that I’m just one single thread in a much greater picture.
This became clear as I began to reflect on my story with Village Missions. I knew that Tim and I came to be a part of the Village Missions family, in part, because my parents (Tom & Kathie Peyton) became Village Missionaries a few years back. As we saw how Village Missions treated my parents, we knew we wanted to be a part of something like that.
But my parents are Village Missionaries because the thread of their lives has been interwoven with another thread for almost as many years as I’ve been alive.
You see, when I was very young, my dad pastored a small church in Idaho. A young couple, David & Pam Whitehead, attended their church and were mentored. Although my parents left that Idaho church after only a couple of years, they stayed in touch with the Whiteheads. And the Whiteheads soon found themselves in ministry, serving an organization called Village Missions.
Years later, my parents were searching for the next step in ministry. One day, a letter came in the mail—from David Whitehead. He encouraged my parents to check into Village Missions. In remembering what prompted him to write this letter, he says, “Obviously, the Lord prompted me since I did not have regular contact with your folks. All I remember is that I wanted to place before them the thought of checking into VM. They served the Lord faithfully for so many years.”
Today, my parents are entering their ninth year of service with Village Missions at Mingo Bible Church in northwest Kansas. They have no doubt that God used David Whitehead to direct them towards Village Missions. Dad says, “The Village Missions motto to 'preach the Word and love the people' is easy and delightful to practice,” as he describes their congregation, the jail ministry they work in, and other outreaches.
So you see, these threads are woven together into the greater story of Village Missions, and ultimately, the story of the Gospel.
God creates connections and relationships that often develop into something far different than expected. But each little thread, each person, plays a role in accomplishing His purposes.
God creates connections and relationships that often develop into something far di erent than expected. But each little thread, each person, plays a role in accomplishing His purposes.
Gwen Griffiths loves serving alongside her husband Tim, who is the Director of Stewardship. Their three children often get “parenteered” into helping with ministry projects, and the entire family loves exploring North America as they visit Village Missions churches and work at events.