Prayer Ministry Call
Hello, my name is Arva Thompson, but my friends call me Lacey. I have a prison or prayer ministry call and live in the state of South Carolina in the United States. Becoming a student at Christian Leaders Institute has been such a blessing for me. The opportunity to pursue ministry training and eventually move on to have a degree in a field of ministry means the world to me.
Came to the Lord Young
I came to know the Lord when I was 13 years old. I remember it well like it was yesterday. At such a young age, I had what seemed like the weight of the world on my shoulders. A year prior, my grandmother had passed away. Looking back, I am not even sure if she had a relationship with the Lord. So many people were dying, and it saddened me deeply. However, I had no idea that one day, I could make a difference in the lives of the lost by ministering to them about my Lord, my Jesus, my Redeemer.
These classes are indeed training me to make an impact, and I could not be more excited. I am part of a revival much like that night that I was saved. I was in the church listening to the Word coming from the preacher’s mouth. The Holy Spirit filled that room, and everyone around me was worshiping and calling on the name of the Lord. I cried out and surrendered all of my problems, depression, and anger to this Jesus that could save anyone from their burdens. Immediately, I was baptized.
Wandering and Renewal In Christ
Sadly, I was not discipled and was left to figure it out in an unsaved home and wicked world ready to devour me. For many years, I continued to live a life of sin. The sin of the flesh was my biggest downfall. So, at the age of 18, I found myself a single mother, and at 19, a mother of 2!
I worked as a dancer to support my family. One night, shame filled me. At that moment, at 26, I decided that I would do my best to walk with the Lord. He would save me and could change my life IF I called out to Him. Many years went by with little change in my life. To get away from my environment, I went into the military, got married, and eventually had a child with my husband of 21 years. Every day is a struggle to do what is right, but I will not go back to where I was.
Ministry Training Journey at CLI
I will use the training that I am receiving at Christian Leaders Institute to work in a prison ministry and perhaps a prayer ministry in my church. God brought me to this site. For years I searched the terms “free training” and “free schools” then just recently CLI showed up in my search. I am so grateful for this ministry that will change millions of lives for the Kingdom of God. However, I know running this ministry comes at a cost, and I plan to help with that cost as the Lord leads me.
So many people are called, and when we are chosen, we need to have proper training. Therefore, that is where the Christian Leaders Institute can make a difference in our lives. I advise those coming after me to hunger for the Word and live for the Word. When God calls you into his ministry, prepare yourself through the training that you will receive at CLI. After taking these classes, my life will never be the same, and I am looking forward to where God will move me next as I patiently wait on His return.
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