To God Be The Glory!
My name is Lori Wise. I live in the United States just outside of Charleston, South Carolina, in the small town of Summerville since 2013. I am thankful for the online free Bible classes at the Christian Leaders Institute (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here).
I was born in the bay area of Northern California, where I lived with my family until we moved to Las Vegas in 1981. Vegas was still a small town then, and it was a wonderful place to grow up. In general, people that live there don’t go to the casinos. Life was simple. Friends were plentiful. And diversity was everywhere.
I was just six years old when I heard my calling. My parents didn’t allow us to get declared and baptized until we were thirteen. The Holy Spirit said otherwise. One Sunday morning, I slipped my hand from my mother’s hand as the Holy Spirit guided me to the front to declare my love of and dedication to Christ.
It’s been somewhat of a twisty road, and I strayed from it more than once. There was a lot of sexual and physical violence in my past, and my dream is to minister to survivors and victors. However, my spiritual journey through all of it brought me closer to God. My love for Jesus grew even more significant. He never left my side and wept with me during the challenging times. “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” (Romans 8:28).
In 2017, I became seriously ill and was in the hospital for 2-1/2 months. I lost the ability to walk, my kidneys shut down, I was in sepsis, and I had a massive saddle pulmonary embolism. According to the doctors, I wasn’t supposed to live. Some of my blood values were past the point of survivability. But God had other plans! It took a year, but I learned how to walk again. The grace of God was upon me, and I promised to work for the kingdom for whatever days I had left.
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I now live with my amazing husband and two fur kids. My walk has continued to strengthen. I’m in the Bible daily, I research, and I mentor. I’m involved in a women’s small group. Jesus is my world, my rock, and my salvation. Christian Leaders Institute (Learn more about online Bible classes, Click Here) makes it possible to study and learn even more about our Beautiful Savior. For that, I will be eternally grateful. Without their generosity, none of this would be possible. It’s through them that I’ll be able to follow my dream.