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Ron Ward

Discipleship Counselor

I was trained in biblical studies and completed seminary in 1986.  I have nearly 20 of experience in ministry, serving as missionary to Mexico, Jamaica and Colombia, South America.  It was Colombia where I met and married my beautiful wife before returning to the States.  In 1991 we moved to Colombia South America as missionaries and remained for five years. …Read More

I was trained in biblical studies and completed seminary in 1986.  I have nearly 20 of experience in ministry, serving as missionary to Mexico, Jamaica and Colombia, South America.  It was Colombia where I met and married my beautiful wife before returning to the States.  In 1991 we moved to Colombia South America as missionaries and remained for five years.  We have been married now for 28 years and are blessed to have seen our three lovely daughters grow in the grace and knowledge of God.   All three are missions minded and have a deep walk with our Lord Jesus Christ.

Personal Story.   I received the Lord as my Savior during my Senior year of High School.  I became obsessed with an ever growing need to be found acceptable to and pleasing to Him.  This quest led me through a series of what seemed obvious to me that any young Christian man should follow.  Certainly Bible College and Seminary were a good start, but even after that, I felt there must be something more I should do to prove my sacrificial devotion.  After nearly 20 years of striving for acceptance from God as a missionary, pastor and counselor, I was completely exhausted, spiritually and emotionally. I had struggled to do my best and to serve him with all my might, but my best just didn’t seem to be enough. I admit there were moments of victory, and satisfaction seeing God work in and through me, but mostly I felt I was falling short of the goal.  Exhausted, and feeling hopeless, I was introduced to Grace Ministries International.  During a GMI seminar a great truth was brought to my attention.  One of the key scriptures revealed to me was Galatians 2:20

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”   NIV

I learned that my service and hard work were not prerequisites for God’s love and acceptance.  According to Galatians 2:20, It was Christ exchanging my life for His that solidified and demonstrated His ultimate love and acceptance for me.   This simple truth set me free from the frustrations and disappointments of “striving” and I was suddenly free to serve from a place of resting in Him.

 

Today, I consider myself blessed to be on staff at Grace Ministries as a Discipleship Counselor. I count it great joy to lead others into a deeper understanding of the exchanged life.  My commitment and heart’s desire is to facilitate help and healing to those in crisis and to couples who are open to God’s solutions.

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