Divorce Care Ministry
My name is Sharon Marie Menor and I am called to a divorce care ministry. I reside in the small town of Oconto Falls, Wisconsin in the USA. Doing ministry in this country is hard, especially if you have a not so pretty past. I came to know the Lord at the age of 13. I gave my life to Him at a Nicky Cruz crusade. My ministry dream was to become a teacher. I achieved that goal when I was called to teach Sunday school at the age of 16. But, after only six months in this ministry, the board of Deacons at my church decided that I wasn’t “old enough” to pursue my calling as a teacher. So they told me I couldn’t do it any longer. My feelings at the time were “how dare you to tell me I am not old enough to teach God’s word.” So I rebelled against my parents and the church and said I would never go back to a place that questioned my love and devotion for teaching the word of God. I didn’t want any part of the hypocrisy of “go forth and teach” and then to be told no you can’t teach you’re too young. I was hurt and angry that God and man could take away my ministry of teaching, but it really had nothing to do with God taking it away.
I spent many years on the spiritual fence. I knew right from wrong, I knew what God wanted me to do, but I didn’t listen. I kept thinking back to that time where I was happy and serving God only to have some men tell me I couldn’t. After several failed marriages and relationships, God led me back to the place where my life began and told me to try again. He told me it would all be different: “Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do what I have called you to do. I have a special place for you. You have a job to do for me.” Thirty-two years after the “church incident”, I found myself standing in the same church that I vowed never to go back to, praying, “God I’m here. Show me what you want me to do. You brought me back here for a reason.”
This class at Christian Leaders Institute has renewed my faith and taught me that I do have a purpose in God’s eyes. The words that I identify with the most are a Small Group Leader. God brought me through what I called the hell of four failed marriages to teach me that I can be healed in all aspects of my life and that I can connect with others through the lessons He taught me. Thus, when the opportunity came up to be a part of the divorce care ministry team, I finally realized what God’s plans were for me.
The chance to further my calling through the Christian Leaders Institute study program has made a tremendous impact on my life. If it were not for the scholarship program I would not be able to get the proper degree that I really want in my Christian life.