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Today (tonight) we begin a drive from Texas to Alaska to open and care for a homeless teen center.
God is not in a hurry and He’s been patient with me as I finally accepted what He’s doing with our family. I will praise Him.
HE has made me brave.
For probably 35 years I was afraid and hid my talents because of childhood sexual abuse and being raped 4 times later in life.
Ministry is NOT a pretty thing because it involves real life and in real life we have been given free will and when we have free will, we make a lot of not so great choices and the choices we make every day affect others around us. I forgive the people who have hurt me and God is using that pain and turning it into something altogether beautiful and has given me a passion for people and to be able to see deeper than the surface.
Genesis 50:20 is my life verse. It says, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.”
Just because God made you, you matter.
Tonight we move out of a house we’ve lived in for eight years ~ and I am not afraid.
THIS is God working in me and not me by myself. There is a peace covering us that can ONLY come from Him.
We don’t know what this homeless place looks like yet (or what the name is yet) but we DO know that God is doing this and so far it’s like He’s shown us that no church or organization will have its name on this work. It’s God’s work and His Name is to be praised for all of it.
At first we were a little sad when church after church turned us down saying they want no part of this but very soon God showed me that it is okay and He will keep providing through people He calls to give to this ministry.
For this place we are praying God provides jobs for each person He leads to us so that people may earn money to make a living while God reveals each person’s talents He’s given. We will love on people and celebrate people who may not have felt much like celebrating lately. We will be Jesus’ Hands and Feet to hurting people. We will help to offer people a safe place to stay for a while, teach interview and job skills, and just live life with them, reminding them Jesus is very real and God moved mountains toward this move for our family from Texas to Alaska in 2015.
I didn’t choose this ministry. God revealed this to us over time. When you follow Him, He directs your steps. This stuff is real. And hard. And fun. And exciting. And exhausting. And He provides all the tools needed to do the job He’s prepared in advance for us to do.
First, I needed my confidence back because mine had been stolen along with my innocence when I was a little girl.
I did not know to even ASK Him to restore what had been stolen because I did not know it was missing. I just lived life without my confidence.
ONLY God can give the gift of confidence.
Then, He pushed me online.
Online is a strange place where people seem to think that they can hide behind a screen and mock and be unkind in more ways than imaginable. But it’s a lie. We have ONE life and we are to find this life in Jesus Christ. The things people do and say to others and about others matters. Always.
I can’t even begin to list the ways spiritual warfare happens when we follow Jesus. It’s exhausting and the Bible talks about Christians being persecuted. It’s been interesting to see that many other Christians have been the ones doing the persecuting. I would never have believed it if you’d have told me this would happen.
When you tell someone you’re feeling called by God to do a job, MANY begin to tell you how “You’re doing it wrong.”
But the truth God revealed to me is that if we were ALL doing the jobs He’s planned in advance for us to do, then there would be NO time to hate on each other. (Heaven is gonna be so wonderful.)
We didn’t know for a year and a half if He was moving us by airplane or ground and this past April He provided a truck (which made us know He would provide a camper to pull behind it.)
The very day after He provided this truck, my pinky toe went numb, my ear started to have trouble hearing and both eyes began to have more vision trouble.
God sent a prayer warrior to my house to pray with me. She said something that blew my mind and I had not thought of yet, “No, satan, will NOT stop this woman’s steps!”
It had not occurred to me that the spiritual warfare was beginning to take on a physical form. But we’ve read about this kind of thing that happened in The Bible and still does.
After she prayed over me I could see, hear, and walk easier again. Then God sent another friend to pray the very next day.
He is just so good.
We will keep walking in faith as God keeps opening doors.
He will keep providing all the tools we need to do the job He’s calling us to do and right now the main tool needed is money. We know He will provide through His people.
If you feel called to help with this ministry He’s doing with us, please check out this donation site. Contact email for donations is firstname.lastname@example.org
What little we offer to God matters. He can do MORE than enough with our little offering. We just have to bring it to Him and ask Him to bless it.
Not sure how much is enough to give?
Check out John 6:5-13 and see what He did with a few loaves of bread and fish.