Evangelism Spiritual Dream
I have an evangelism spiritual dream from the Lord. I am excited to be studying at Christian Leaders Institute to fulfill this calling on my life.
I was born in South Dakota and my family moved to Minnesota when I was six months old. As a child, my mother and grandmother both taught me about Jesus. My mom would take us to church on Sundays, but I never really knew what a real relationship with Christ was. My dad was not a believer and grew up in a broken home with a father who was an alcoholic and quite abusive. Growing up, my dad also had some abusive tendencies. I loved my father very much but struggled with feeling close to him. He always kept me at a distance. He had no interest in going to church or knowing who God was. To live in a home with one believer and one non-believer, made it confusing.
My parents ended up divorcing when I was 12, which left me even more confused. I found myself searching for meaning in this life. Searching for love and acceptance from friends and peers. Unfortunately, those things led me to make some very destructive and unhealthy choices as a teenager. These choices carried on well into my adult life.
In 2004, the movie “The Passion of the Christ” was released. I firmly believe the Holy Spirit was working in me to go and see this movie. So I did. During the movie, I was so convicted by my sins, that it brought me to my salvation with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I knew when I left the theater that night, I would never be the same person again. I was reborn of the Spirit giving myself completely to God.
Health Challenges and Spiritual Growth
In 2013, I was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in both my breasts. I went through a bi-lateral mastectomy, four months of chemotherapy and six weeks of radiation. My faith was being tested! The Lord was so incredibly faithful to me and my family during this trial. I don’t know what I would have done without Him. Today, I am currently cancer-free. I give God all the Praise and Glory for my Victory!
Since knowing God, He has turned my life upside down. Growing me in ways I never thought possible. In 2014, I was still very sick from all the chemo treatments, which took a toll on my body. My dad who lived in Arizona at the time became very sick and was put on hospice. Even though I was weak and ill, God allowed me to travel to Arizona to see my dad and I was able to lead him to the Lord during that visit. My dad passed away one week later. I know I’ll see my dad again one day. What a glorious reunion that will be, to share eternity together in the presence of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.
When I married my husband, we were equally yoked, but after my salvation, we were not. This no doubt has led to many challenges throughout our marriage, but God has been so faithful working in and through me. I know that God loves my husband and is teaching me to love him right where he is. My husband is on his own personal journey and in God’s perfect timing, he too will know Jesus as his Savior.
1 Corinthians 7:13-14 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise, your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy.
Evangelism Spiritual Dream
God never gave up on me, even during some of my darkest days. He has shown himself to me through His Word and in prayer. I know that He has a plan for my life.
To be given this opportunity to study ministry through Christian Leaders Institute is so precious to me. My hope is to honor the LORD with my studies and to be trained accordingly. God has given me a heart for people far from Him, I ask that you will join me in prayer to be used to reach others for His Kingdom.
1 Corinthians 2:9 “No one has ever seen, no one has ever heard, no one has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
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