The Power of God

5 May

Blog post by Atonya S., Team Moldova 2011 

My husband, Mike, and I currently sponsor a child who is an orphan and we have been given a desire by God to help orphans.  Recently we felt called to go on a mission trip, so we started  looking  for a trip when we came across World Orphans on the internet.  After doing some research we decided to start praying about the Moldova trip.  We had peace about going, so we applied and got accepted.  I am excited about this trip because we get to share God’s word and love via a summer camp.

The things that God will do in and through me, only He knows.  However, I have great expectations of the power and love of God.  I suspect that God will use me in the things that I have learned through His teachings throughout my life experiences such as music, teaching, and healing ministries. Through past experiences I know God’s hand is on this trip and everyone that is going for He says, “I’ll never leave you nor forsake you.”  When He calls you He prepares the way for you and His kingdom.  I believe I have a lot to learn about compassion toward others and I believe God will use this trip to help me grow in this area. I expect this trip will change my life in dramatic ways.

God has done some extraordinary things in my life. He has led me through many dark and difficult times.  He continues to be my light that guides me each and every day.  I would not be here today if it were not for my Lord and Savior. He caught me when I thought I couldn’t take any more and He restored me, making my once broken mind, heart, and spirit, whole again.  I praise the Lord for healing and saving me!  I feel the need to share this next part because I think it relates to the power that God has to change one’s life and what we are going to teach the orphans at the camp.

I come from a large family, ten children in all. I am number seven with six older brothers and three younger sisters.  I wasn’t raised with a Christian background but my parents taught us to have good morals.  In the blogs other people wrote about fond memories of their childhood and the things that they did together.  I have some good memories of my childhood but I also have some not-so-good memories.  The bad memories from my childhood involved unspeakable things that were done to me.  By the time I was eighteen, my depression had worsened to the point that I wasn’t eating or sleeping and had thoughts of suicide.  I was prepared to act on those thoughts but God stepped in, in a mighty way, and He caught me when I was crashing.  He saved me that rainy day even before I knew Him.

A few months later I was at college and I noticed my RA was happy all the time.  She was a biology/chemistry major and a freshman RA.  I couldn’t figure out why she was always happy, so I asked her one night in September.  She was like a kid in a candy store, her eyes got wide and she stared at me for just a moment like she wasn’t sure why I had asked her about God.  She shared her testimony with me and we talked for a little bit about Jesus and God.  It took me three weeks before I answered the knocking of the Lord on my heart.  Then I went back to her to ask her how to accept and receive Jesus as my Lord and Savior.  From that day on my life has never been that same.

In my life I have seen and experienced hell on earth, but God took what Satan intended as evil and has used it for good. He has healed me of all kinds of hurts and has allowed me to talk openly about them and what He has done in and through me.  I have seen God’s hand on my life throughout the ten years I’ve been walking with him and I expect that He will continually have his hand on my life for many years to come.

Atonya S., along with her husband Mike, will be serving on the Moldova Journey 117 Team leaving in June 2011.

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