Interview by Bri Lassiter
I am so happy to introduce this month’s Creative In Action, Cari Burns! I personally have been blessed by Cari’s ministry and as I read her story, I’m reminded of the truth that when you obey, you will always be blessed.
Caris story, (like all of ours,) is not done yet. And while I’m excited we get to read about the chapter she is in, I am even more excited that as she is prophesying with her life of the goodness and favor of the Lord and proving that when you step out in faith you will be blessed and multiplied greatly. Like many of us who have sown for a long time, she is about to step out into yet more of the abundance that God designed for her ministry.
And just like Cari, as we work with the Lord in the plans He has for our future, He takes us to an end that is better than anything we could imagine for ourselves as He dumps on us the blessings He reserved for us before He even put the dreams in our heart in the first place.
Wow, I really can’t recall a time in my teenage/adult life that did not involve being a caregiver to children. My neighbor trusted me with my first official babysitting job at the ripe age of fourteen and from that point forward, I was deemed the neighborhood babysitter.
Accepting that childcare was indeed my ministry, didn’t come until recently. l always said to myself, “This is just what I am good at.” The revelation hit me one day when I was doing laundry for the family that I currently serve.
I recall the voice of the Lord saying to me, “This is your ministry, run daughter.” Bridging The Gap Family Solutions was birthed while l was employed by a marketing company, sitting at my desk, wondering how l could get back to what my heart desired. On the back of an envelope I began to write and from writing came vision after vision!
The Lord is very clear that the things of the heart are what matters. Caring for the heart of the children and parents that I serve draws them closer to the Kingdom.
Through me, through Bridging The Gap, a family that was no longer attending a church is now attending on a weekly basis and wanting to know Him and have a relationship with Him.
“When I serve a family, I want them to think, “Wow that was the best experience that we’ve ever had!””
Anytime we, His children, can bring people into the house of the Lord so that they can
become connected with the Kingdom, that lights the fire, it ignites the passion.
My passion derives from wanting to see families in the church, in the Kingdom, being whole. When you have whole parents, they produce whole children and raising a family takes a village. And that’s what I want to be, a part of the village.
My dream for Bridging The Gap is to provide nannies to families and foster the tribe-like culture in the community. Not only do I see Bridging The Gap Family Solutions
providing nannies, but l intend on helping mothers bring life into the world through being a part of their birthing team.
I have dreams of planting childcare “hubs” in various neighborhoods that allow parents to send their children to a place that feels like home when the parents have to be away. I don’t want facilities, I want second homes.
I believe that dreaming big and casting big vision is so necessary in this line of work. It
keeps the mind sharp and the heart postured to receive direction from The Lord.
During the first year of this journey, I was challenged in the area of finances and not being properly compensated in the way that I knew I should have been. Even though there were times when my bank account suffered, I remained faithful to my clients, honored my commitments, and maintained a faithful mindset.
God has provided! He has sustained me and preserved my heart to serve.
The challenge propelled me forward in so many ways! I was able to really see the goodness of God and also see how much my husband supports me. He’s worked harder so that I can embark on the journey of being an entrepreneur.
When I serve a family, I want them to think, “Wow that was the best experience that
we’ve ever had!” I know that Bridging The Gap will be described as a business that provides flawless, heart-connected, and unmatchable service. I want to build a brand that people want to duplicate in regions that I may not be able to reach!
Caring for families is so important, it can start with one person that steps in and simply lends a hand! I want parents and children that I serve to feel genuinely loved, supported, and advocated for. I can look back on my childhood and how many people from our church were so eager and willing to help my parents and were a part of my village.
Whether it was hanging out with their children, going to see a movie, or just making sure my dad and I had hot meals when my mom would travel for work, our family roots in the church ran and still run so so deep.
There has never been anything that has happened that a member of our family church has not been there to be a helping hand.
It was always refreshing to know that someone was available to be a shelter if needed, and my mother always instilled in me how important it was to show up for people.
My husband, my friends, and my family have supported me deep and wide throughout this journey. The support given has been unmeasurable, and I couldn’t hope for anything more!
God has truly shown Himself in so many ways, my faith is stronger and my relationship with Him is deeper. I am just so very grateful!
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By Bri LassiterBy Bri Lassiter
I’m married to my dearest friend of 8 years and mom to an energetic 6-year-old. My greatest joys come from traveling with my little family, cooking for appreciative recipients, learning herbalism and natural medicine, and every experience I get to have in prayer ministry. I’m an avid tea and book lover and can’t get enough of either. I love Jesus and the daily adventure that comes from walking in friendship with him as he arranges and rearranges my story.