My name is Dedra Jordan from the USA, and I am learning more about God at CLI. On December 14, 2017, my father passed away in my home. He was in Hospice care and ill for some time. I had some of my family there. As we all stood around my father before they took him away, I asked my cousin (a devout Christian) to say a prayer. We all joined hands and bowed our heads. My cousin began praying.
I felt LIKE I WAS SMACKED IN THE FACE. The Lord said to me, “It’s time for you to follow me.” And just like that, I wanted everything that had anything to do with Wicca out of my life. There was an urgency to get it away from me. I longed to be enveloped by the Lord’s grace and forgiveness and surrounded by Him.
Finding a Church Home
However, I felt at that time that I would be judged by those in the church. I felt judged by some in churches before. But my urgency to be in the congregation continued to grow. So, after a couple of months, both my husband and I decided that it was time to check out the church where my husband’s grandfather ministered. As soon as we walked in, I felt God’s enveloping love and acceptance that I longed for.
Since joining the church, I have never felt anything but that enveloping grace of our Lord and Savior. That feeling amplified this past May 28 when my mother passed away. As with my father, I cared for her as well. She too passed away in my home. I found that a church family is in more ways stronger than a biological one. Praise the Lord!
Service to God and Learning More about God at CLI
I started serving with the kids doing Bible crafts. However, the questions that they asked and how inquisitive they were made me wonder. I felt that there was more to my purpose. Was I to lead these kids toward Christ? I needed more knowledge and training. So I searched online. I found the Christian Leaders Institute for learning more about God, the Bible, and ministry. Thank you, CLI for this study opportunity!