(It is good to y’all. My name is Lorena.)
I don’t remember if I ever wrote an article in all the years I’ve been at Immanuel Mission. I am now going on my 23rd year. It seems like I’ve been here forever, but again it also seems like it was just yesterday that I moved to the Mission. In all these years, I’ve been doing many different things; I’ve taught 2nd grade, substituted, taught Navajo Culture, and led both group Bible studies and one-on-one studies. Right now, I’m reaching out to our community by doing visitation. During Christmas time I visit with the shut-ins and give them a gift and the Gospel. In the summer, I organize the V.B.S. for the youth groups who visit.
I also have been very involved with funeral preparations, grieving with the family, reaching out wherever I can. Recently I lost someone who was dear to me, my nephew. That kind of made this ministry tough, but I fully trust the Lord to continue to reach those that are grieving. The Lord is teaching me the taste of how it is grieve the lost. I am praying that I will be more effective in ways I have never been in the years before. My life has been rough and at times I feel like I’m over with grieving for my nephew. But out of nowhere, life hits and leaves me barely holding on. Many times, I find myself praying for strength, and the answer seems so far away. I know the Lord is by my side and then I see the Lord working in the midst of this hard time of my life. I wouldn’t have chosen to have a loved one taken, but God is using my nephew’s death to work in my families’ lives. My brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews are showing a lot of interest in the things of the Lord. Some have started coming to church regularly. I and others have been praying for my family for years.
FOR MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, NOR ARE YOUR WAYS MY WAYS; SAYS THE LORD.
This scripture brought me through some of the difficult times when I didn’t understand why things are happening. God has a plan!
Over all the Lord is providing in every way and in everything that I ever need. I praise Him for all He is doing in my life.
Without Him, I am NOTHING.
Love and Prayer,