God delights in results, but I firmly believe that He also loves the details and the process. When Deb Moskevitz shared the story of how God led her into disability ministry, I was encouraged and reminded that God wants us to enjoy the journey as much as the destination.
Several years ago, Deb reached a turning point when her youngest daughter neared high school graduation. “I had homeschooled and was currently substitute teaching, so I was praying for direction in many different aspects . . . work, play, missions . . . I really was not sure what my future looked like.”
As April turned into May, Deb and her husband visited their oldest daughter’s church. Flipping through the bulletin, Deb discovered a flyer for a Joni and Friends Family Retreat in early June. Across the flyer were the words “Urgent Need.” At that moment, Deb and her husband looked at each other, instinctively knowing that God was calling her to serve at camp.
But when Deb got home and checked her calendar, she realized that she had committed to substitute that same week for a teacher having surgery. While she sensed God drawing her attention with the “Urgent Need,” maybe He was directing her to help with the August Family Retreat. She flipped the calendar to August and discovered another roadblock—they were taking their daughter to college that week. All Deb could do was tuck the flyer in her Bible and pray that God would provide for that Family Retreat.
This is when we see God in the journey. A week later, Deb woke up in the middle of the night, pressed to pray for the camp and her involvement. She thought, “If God wants me to go next year, I am going to be praying a lot!” That same day, she called the school where she substitutes and discovered that the teacher’s surgery had been rescheduled—Deb suddenly had that week free! Between her midnight prayer and this unexpected schedule change, Deb and her husband agreed that she was meant to go.
When Deb called the number on the flyer, she spoke with Linda Smith, who called her an “answer to prayer.” As soon as Deb hung up the phone, excited to post the date on her June calendar, she realized it was her daughter’s graduation week! The celebrations included a parent-graduate banquet and the graduation ceremony itself—things she could not miss. “Thoroughly embarrassed, I sheepishly called Linda back and said, ‘This is your answer to prayer that isn’t anymore.’” Linda replied, “Come late, leave early!” And that is exactly what Deb did. During that week of ministry, it became clear that she was where God wanted her.
At the end of Family Retreat, the volunteers gathered together for a time of reflection. Deb shared the story of how God brought her to camp. When she finished, Linda revealed the rest of the story—the flyer that had started the whole thing was in the church bulletin by accident. Linda had asked the church secretary to insert the flyer in the bulletin the previous week. However, the secretary felt prompted to add the flyer to the following week’s bulletin as well—the week that Deb visited the church and discovered the flyer. “I saw this as a pretty good sign that God wanted me involved in the ministry,” Deb shared.
Since then, Deb’s involvement has grown from Family Retreats to other activities for families with disabilities, such as hay rides, concerts, and parties. So many lives touched and so much glory for God—all from an “accidental” flyer. Deb concluded, “When you pray for God’s leading, He will lead. Be ready for a good ride!”
Danielle Ledoux is a former intern with Joni and Friends’ Cause 4 Life program who enjoys writing about God’s work in people’s lives. She is a graduate of Pensacola Christian College and is currently getting her Master of Fine Arts in Dramatics.