Dear Christian Leader,
I am very thankful for what God is doing at Christian Leaders Institute. I am thankful to God for the outpouring of support that keeps Christian Leaders Institute free for people who need and want high quality ministry training.
I am thankful that God is calling people in every life situation. Melissa Dworchak is a single mom called into ministry in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Being a single mom is challenging in itself, but Melissa is up for the challenge. Her story causes me to praise the Lord. Some people wonder if God is at work in someone’s life even before they are a Christian. Melissa shared her story with me:
My name is Melissa and I live in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I have lived here basically all my life. I grew up with no religious background, but a strong desire to learn. It wasn’t until I was 31 years old that I decided it was time to commit to a full time life of living for Christ. I have had my fair share of rough times, many ups and downs from addiction to divorce to infidelity. It wasn’t until April 2012, when I almost lost my 1 year old son to a brain malformation that I decided to find a church. I gave my life over to Jesus Christ in the summer of 2013 and I have not turned back!
These stories never get old to me. I thank God that Melissa is seeking God now. Even though Melissa’s parents did not take her to church as a child, God was preparing her heart. Even her very struggles with addiction, divorce and infidelity were preparing for her calling as a single mom called into ministry. God often uses something shocking to push us off the fence. Melissa almost lost her son, but through that experience found the Son of God. She is not turning back. She is now called into ministry.
Single Mom Called into Ministry
In less than two years, Melisa has been making a difference in the lives of people searching for God! She attends a growing non-denominational church. She serves on various volunteer teams. She especially enjoys the baptism team, “I love being a part of the baptism team and helping those folks, that have just been saved, take that next step.” Melissa is reaching out to women who have gone through some of the trials she experienced:
I currently lead a group for women that have been through similar situations as myself. I hope to be the light they need to see and hope they can achieve great things with their “little lights” as well!
Ministry Training – Single Mom Called into Ministry
Melissa found out about Christian Leaders Institute. Here is a single mom with little time and resources. She is busy with four young children, and she cannot leave her job. With the limited free time, she can log in to our website and take classes. She is called to serve in women’s ministry. She is open to God’s plan, to be used by God in whatever way God leads her at her local church:
I started with Christian Leaders Institute so that I can be more prepared. I have been called into women’s ministry. Our church is continually expanding into multiple campuses, we have 4 right now, and I want to be able to be prepared when my pastor needs additional pastors.
Free Ministry Training – Single Mom Called into Ministry
Called Christian leaders are pouring into ministry training like rain. I see revival happening. I believe that the leaders coming to Christian Leaders Institute are a group of real ordinary people who have been saved for a great purpose. I believe that CLI must continue in the donation model where the entire ministry training education is free for single moms like Melissa called into ministry. Melissa commented,
Having CLI in my life has been uplifting. In a world where everything is expensive, it is so rewarding to have free education. As a single mom of four children under the age of 13, it can be very hard living paycheck to paycheck without even knowing when you will have your next meal. Knowing I can study in the comfort of my own home and receive quality and free education is such a blessing!
When I read what she wrote about the importance of free education, it touched me. I am so thankful to God! I look forward to seeing what God is going to do with this single mom called into ministry in Fredericksburg, Virginia. I look forward to seeing the impact on those children! Maybe one of them will be called into ministry like their mother.
Sometimes, people say, “Henry you are always promoting this free model to receive donations.” Yes, I am. I do it because I want to include others in the joy of helping a single mom called into ministry and letting nothing stop her from leading others to God. I have so much to be thankful for! My wife Pam and I are going to give a thanksgiving offering this year to CLI for the work of ministry training. Will you join us thanking God for what he is doing in the lives of single moms like Melissa.
I want to make my thanksgiving offering to further the impact of Christian Leaders Institute!