Dear Nurturing Friend,
As this 31st year of the Nurturing Network’s journey comes to a peaceful close, I am reminded of the many friends and volunteers who have helped us to bind the wounds and heal the broken lives of over 25,000 women and children. Countless gifts of time and treasure from TNN’s 52,000 volunteer resource members have formed a legacy of love that is at the very heart of the Nurturing Network.
We focused our efforts this past year on strengthening and supporting the international network of local service providers that TNN has been instrumental in motivating and forming over the past three decades. A tiny mustard seed planted many years ago has now blossomed into a powerful consortium of individuals and programs readily available to meet the needs of all women and children.
The success of this collaboration is making it possible for me to embrace a new chapter in my life and TNN’s hope-filled witness. Beginning on January 1, 2017, TNN will begin the process of concluding its operation as a 501(c)3. This strategic development will empower me to devote my time, energy and years of experience to many new and vital initiatives.
Of all the memories that I will carry with me in the months and years ahead, the inspiring witness of TNN’s courageous clients and grace-filled members will remain at the top of my list. I will forever celebrate all that generous friends like you have done to bring my dream of the Nurturing Network to fulfillment. Each of you have become a part of my extended family.
Mary Cunningham Agee
The Nurturing Network’s Abundant Harvest
Every person who shares
To give love
Yes, this is the abundance
Forever and for always …
As an expression of my appreciation, I would like to share a favorite prayer that captures my thoughts
The Romero Prayer
It helps, now and then, to step back
and take the long view.
The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts,
it is beyond our vision.
We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of
the magnificent enterprise that is God's work.
Nothing we do is complete,
which is another way of saying
that the kingdom always lies beyond us.
No statement says all that could be said.
No prayer fully expresses our faith.
No confession brings perfection.
No pastoral visit brings wholeness.
No program accomplishes the church's mission.
No set of goals and objectives includes everything.
This is what we are about:
We plant seeds that one day will grow.
We water seeds already planted,
knowing that they hold future promise.
We lay foundations that will need further development.
We provide yeast that produces effects
beyond our capabilities.
We cannot do everything
and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that -
This enables us to do something,
and to do it very well.
It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning,
a step along the way,
an opportunity for God's grace to enter and do the rest.
We may never see the end results,
but that is the difference
between the master builder and the worker.
We are workers, not master builders,
ministers, not messiahs.
We are prophets of a future not our own.