Overcoming Obstacles

  • Labor Overcoming Obstacles Prison Ministry

    BEING OPEN TO HIS WILL

    You never know where God will lead you on life's journey, but if you're open to His will, it can be quite a ride. I was in the pharmaceutical industry while also serving in the Army reserves for 32 years. When I was retiring from the reserves, a friend invited me to be part of a four-day event at the Kairos prison ministry. I had never been to a prison or an event like that, and I was incredibly moved. So impacted that I got involved teaching a Bible study twice a week at a correctional facility, and a few… Read More

  • Overcoming Obstacles Recovery Unique Ministries

    RESCUING GIRLS FROM THE STREETS

    When I was 12, I was raped by three teenage boys. It shook me to my core. I felt scarred, was blamed for it, reacted with rebellious behavior and began running away from home, repeatedly. At 15, I was on the streets and miserable. A man I knew said he "loved" me, and offered me a home. He was nice; he knew I needed food and shelter. It turns out there were four other girls living there. He said we each had to bring in a certain amount of money daily to support our family. He was our husband, daddy or… Read More

  • Labor Mentoring Overcoming Obstacles

    GLORIFYING JESUS IN TRYING TIMES

    I've had some traumatic experiences in my life. But I know God allowed me to go through these to help me grow and use them for His Glory. As an educator, I now use these trials to encourage my students. God blessed me with a sister and we were each other's source of strength as young children. Our life was not conventional; some may even say it was hard; however, I believe some of those life lessons taught me how to be a survivor. As a young adult, my sister was killed in a car wreck. It was a devastating loss. Then… Read More

  • Labor Overcoming Obstacles Special Needs

    TURNING “DISABLED” TO “IS ABLE”

    I was shot when I was 17 years old, and paralyzed from the neck down. In a matter of seconds, I went from a healthy young man with his life in front of him to someone whose dreams were shattered.

    At first, I was angry---at my circumstances, at the man that shot me and even at God. Why would a loving God want me to live this way? How could He let this happen? Slowly, that  Read More

  • Mentoring Overcoming Obstacles Recovery

    HELPING OTHERS THRU THEIR TRIALS

    I am a recovering alcoholic. I've been sober now for 27 years and that's truly by the power and grace of God. Alcohol almost killed me. It destroyed my first marriage and I got in a horrible car accident when I was under the influence, breaking my hip. But fortunately I got into a 12-step program, and it was there that I established a true relationship with the Lord. My life has never been the same. Being part of a fellowship of other alcoholics is like taking your medicine if you're a diabetic---it's vital for your health. And I feel led to help… Read More

  • Overcoming Obstacles

    THE VULNERABLE DEN MOTHER

    My passion for people experiencing utter darkness isn't something I ever thought I'd be in the middle of. In fact, I avoided vulnerability and sharing anything about the past with others like "the plague". It wasn't until I became a believer in my 20's, and ventured out to China with Youth With A Mission that Jesus began to soften my heart. He put me in the most uncomfortable situation. I was the oldest girl in that cohort of travelers, and I became this sort of "den mother". Initially I hated being in this mentor roll---but then as I took this… Read More

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