My name is Anita Dries and I reside in the U.S.A. I am currently an optician, a mother of two wonderful adult children and grandmother to four beautiful grandchildren. I have been saved and have known the Lord since I was eight years old. Through a series of events in my life, I walked away from the Lord for a while. But in October 2015, I lost someone in my family and she was a huge Christian influence in my life. That loss impacted me and my relationship with God significantly. One night, I fell to my knees and cried out to the Lord for forgiveness. I found a church and I started putting more and more into God’s Word and prayer. May of 2016, God put a call on my heart and I was baptized by full submersion. It didn’t end there. My relationship with God grew closer, and He has shown me that it’s not just reading his Word that brings victory but applying it to my everyday life and in everything I do. I put all my trust in God and waited with expectancy for His guidance, and He put a call on my heart to ministry as a mercy minister.
Over the past couple of years, my family has lost many family members to death, including a grandchild that passed away at birth. But God is so faithful. He has never forsaken me and will never forsake me. In answer to my cries of, “Why God? Why??!!”, He so sweetly leads me to his Word for comfort and lets me know He is in control. In that, I know in my heart and my soul that He is there for me and I need only to be obedient, trust Him and live for Him.
I am always asking God how I can be a blessing to someone else and ministry as a mercy minister is my answer. I seek to minister to Hospice patients, shut-ins and those who are grieving. However, I will minister wherever and to whoever the Lord leads me.
As a single woman with a single income, Christian Leaders Institute is a huge blessing. Just in the “Getting Started Classes”, I have received more Biblical and doctrinal knowledge. I am able to dig deeper and continue to feed my hunger and thirst for God’s word. My Pastor was thrilled and very supportive to hear of my answer to God’s call to ministry. Thank you, CLI, and to all that make this educational journey possible. God bless you all!
Check out Christian Leaders Alliance on ecuministry ordination.