My job as Connections Director at Fellowship Bible Church has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people! Our Inspiring Hope Story this week features one of those special people that God has brought into my life, not only by serving together on Connection Teams at our church, but also by spending time together as friends. What I love about Sarah the most is her kind and gentle spirit. She truly is a delight to be around! She loves the Lord and is open to serving wherever He leads her. This open heart has already taken her on journeys beyond her imagination. I can’t wait to see what God has in store for Sarah next, but I plan on sticking close to her because I have a strong sense that He plans to use her gifts and talents in mighty ways and I can’t wait to see her story unfold. A heart seeking after God, his plans, and purposes is a story worth celebrating! It is my prayer that Sarah’s Story will inspire you to follow God’s plan for your life, too. Enjoy, dear ones and soak in the “Awesome-ness” of this amazing story!
Sarah’s Inspiring Hope Story...
2014 has seen me on a journey with God in directions that I could never have imagined! The beginning of the year found me in the midst of coming off a holiday season dealing with overwhelming loneliness, being a part of a traumatic event that shook me hard and along with a third component all combined together just about derailed me. I remember thinking “God please just leave me alone, I don’t understand all of this, is this really the path you have for me?, if so, I don’t want it, so please leave me alone or bring me home!” He did neither! He continually was there even if I didn’t want to be. He held on to me tight and brought people in my life who supported me and continually checked on me and prayed for me. He began to show me how to work through one thing at a time. He gave me tools to deal with the loneliness and closure to the traumatic event. The third component has been the hardest to deal with. It has plagued me up until recently. I finally got a new perspective on it and that has helped me to let go of emotions that had a stronghold on me.
The greatest thing He did for me was lead me to an airplane that took me to the Dominican Republic on April 24th! That trip changed my life!!! Our first morning in the DR with the kids from Kids With A Hope really touched my heart. Nancy McKenzie, Gail Tindell and I had spent the morning working with the kids. On a break, our interpreter, Johnathan, asked us if we would want to pray with some of the kids. Of course we did! He brought us 2 girls and asked them what they wanted us to pray for them. One girl said, “I have a goal, I want to be somebody!!” That hit my heart really hard!! Here is a girl living in a trash dump community who had no hope not too many years ago. Now, thanks to God and a vision He gave Bret Durbin, this girl has hope!. I was very impacted by that and my heart woke up to the thought that I could work with kids and bring them hope! Never having kids myself or nieces or nephews, I just wasn’t a kid person! Not any more!
I have spent the summer volunteering for Bookin It at Avondale East in the Hi Crest area. That experience has continued to fan the flames in my heart for kids. I plan to be a Lunch Buddy with a child at Ross Elementary for the school year! I have also been volunteering for Trash Mountain Project spending Saturday mornings at the Farmers Market selling poduce from the Aqua Ponics facility and talking about Trash Mountain.
A very dear person has helped me put together a Vision and Mission statement for my self. My Vision Statement is: I am a woman of God who desires to Impact a life of hopelessness, Ignite a light of hope and Inspire a life to honor God!
My Mission Statement is: Investing in lives and Instilling values that lead to becoming a legacy for Christ. I think I may be on my way!!
Ps 32:8 says “I will lead you down the pathway that is best for your life, I will advise you and watch over you.” Jeremiah 29:11 “I know the plans I have for you….” God is leading all of us and He will lead us down the paths He has for us inspite of ourselves! I feel that He is leading me into mission work, maybe local, maybe global or both! Back in January I would have never thought this. Life was dark and I wanted God to leave me alone. I am so glad He didn’t!!
Now, I have a sense of where He wants me to go and I am excited to take my pathway with Him!
God is beautiful, wonderful and glorious! I am overwhelmed by Him. I can run into His arms unashamed because of mercy! Check out the song Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave. He was very merciful with me when I was not open to Him. I am overwhelmed by that mercy and what He has given me.