How Everyday People Live Out Their Christian Faith

Illustrating how men and women display their love for Jesus in their day-to-day lives.
Little things that may have an eternal impact. Might these stories motivate you to use your talents?
  • Hospital Overcoming Obstacles Unique Ministries

    HOPE HEALS

    Katherine and Jay Wolf had, what many would consider, a perfect life. They had a wonderful marriage, he was in law school, she was a model and they had just welcomed their son six months earlier. But everything changed on April 21, 2008. While preparing food for some people at their church, Katherine felt her hands, arms, and legs go numb and fell to the floor, as their infant son napped in his crib. Jay just happened to come home for lunch that day, and found his wife on the floor. She was rushed to the hospital and surgeons determined she had suffered a massive stroke in her brain stem, caused by a twisted cluster of arteries that had been there since birth. She underwent a 16-hour surgery where doctors removed 60% of her cerebellum, the area of the brain that controls motor functions. The surgeon described the mass of blood vessels in Katherine’s brain as “the largest he had ever seen, in the worst possible location, and with the worst possible amount of bleeding.” Her surgeons feared this would leave her paralyzed or possibly in a vegetative state. She was kept on life support for 40 days. When she woke from her coma, her right side was paralyzed, and she couldn’t swallow, speak or walk. “When I woke, I had IVs, a tracheotomy, a feeding tube and I had paralysis on my right side, including my mouth and tongue,” said Katherine. “I couldn’t articulate how I was feeling, so I’d use my left hand and type out letters on my letterboard… Read More

  • Labor Loving Your Neighbor Verbalizing the Gospel

    A VERY DIFFERENT MISSION FIELD

    My mission field is rather unique: it's my auto repair shop that I opened 17 years ago. Since it was God that blessed me with this business, I made a commitment that I wanted Him to be honored there. I needed it to be a place of worship and blessings. Many would say that working on cars and worshiping Jesus don't really go hand-in-hand, but Jesus was a carpenter and I wanted His presence there throughout the day. My goal was to have all my customers and suppliers also feel the anointing spirit of the Lord. I had trouble finding a station that consistently played praise and worship music, but after searching, the Lord led me to an Internet radio station called AllWorship. It totally transforms the atmosphere of our shop. Playing Christian music changes the mood; it just gives everyone that enters my building a feeling of peace. People are surprised to hear Christian music playing freely in an auto repair shop. So many times, I've seen people come in totally stressed because their car has broken down. But the presence of the Lord through this music calms and reassures them. If the Lord urges me, I take time to talk and pray with anyone that may need a touch from Him, no matter how busy I am. I can feel a nudge from God on whether something is troubling that person besides their car. That prodding leads to a personal discussion which sometimes yields some very amazing results. I've seen many lives changed, like the parts guy who… Read More

  • Labor Loss Of Loved One Unique Ministries

    DONATING MY CLEANING SERVICES

    “Cleanliness is next to Godliness” they say and for me, it’s true. I believe that the Lord calls us to be servants unto one another, using our abilities for Him. Although I own a cleaning company, I volunteer my services to help those who are in need. I live in a very small community so word gets around quickly when someone is sick, injured, or there’s a death in the family. Some bring food and others send flowers. I head over and bring my mop, broom, and cleaning supplies. I’ve cleaned free of charge for many elderly people who were just not able to clean for themselves. I’ve also cleaned for many when there’s been a death in the family and visitors are due to stop by. One of the hardest things I have done was to clean the home of someone who has just passed, but I do it as unto the Lord. I also clean the church I go to every week and never charge for it. A friend was on vacation when she learned her adult son was in the hospital so she hurried back home. By the time she got back in town, I had her house clean so she had one less thing to worry about. I have a medical background so I have taken care of a number of friends and family members with cancer and other major illnesses. I always make sure their house is spotless and never charge them a penny. I have made it known that my charity cleaning extends to… Read More

  • Labor Unique Ministries Verbalizing the Gospel

    EXTREME ADVENTURES WITH GOD

    “Why live on the edge when you can jump off?” is my motto. I’ve always been up for a challenge. I love the Lord and enjoy using my athletic abilities as an opportunity to share His love. I grew up in  church and planned to be in the ministry in a physically active area working with young people. I wanted to be a youth pastor or start a youth camp. After college I received a Master of Religious Education. Then I met and married my Godly husband. We adopted an amazing son so I became a stay-at-home mom, teaching Karate from my garage. As my son was growing up, I competed in three Primal Quest extreme adventure races--the world’s most grueling 10-day, non-stop athletic expedition--and other athletic events that pushed me to my limits and allowed me to reach out to people who might not have otherwise been receptive to the Gospel. I shared my testimony at churches and for organizations and also wrote a book. I figured that was how God had chosen to use me. But that wasn’t all He had in mind. Much to my surprise, when I turned 50, God laid out the rest of His plan. My son was in high school by then and I was led to go back to school to get my doctorate in Psychology. Although I had a heart to help people, it is still hard to believe I am in a job where I have to sit still. I love being active. The Bible says God has our hairs… Read More

  • Adoption/Foster Care Children

    ISAIAH 117 HOUSE

    I am in a wheelchair living with a disability called spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, which is a rare genetic disorder that results in body framing abnormalities and dwarfism. I have had it since birth. Over my lifetime, I have slowly lost my mobility. But God gave me a heart for children who are hurting. About five years ago, my four great nieces and nephews entered the foster care system as a result of parental substance abuse. I was not able to physically take care of the small ones but Riley, a nine-year-old, is one I could try to help. So he and I started our adoption journey through kinship care where a child is place with a family member or a relational close friend. I wanted to do whatever I could to try to get him in my home. The Department of Social Services recommended I first become a foster parent. I also tried to advocate for the other children. My adoption of Riley was finalized two years ago! My friends, the Guenthers, adopted Riley’s sister. The two youngest children were placed with other people. Through my experience with foster care, I felt God calling for me to step into helping this very broken system but I didn’t know how. One day I came across the Returning The Favor show. The show was spotlighting non-profits. I saw the video about an Isaiah 117 House, which helps children transition to foster care by providing physical and emotional support in a safe and loving home for children awaiting placement. Typically, children sit in a Department of Social Services office awaiting… Read More

  • Church Activities Food Loving Your Neighbor

    THE LOVE IN ACTION FOOD BANK

    My wife and I have run a local food bank for over 20 years. We are both 80 years old and I’m on oxygen, but the Lord hasn’t told us to stop, so we just keep going. The Love In Action food bank is not just about the food; it’s really about showing and spreading the love of Jesus. It’s become a pretty big operation that is all a labor of love since no one takes a dime. Our food bank helps people going through a difficult stretch in their lives—someone that lost a job or came down with an illness. It takes anywhere from 40-50 volunteers to run this food bank. We distribute food one Saturday every month to about 75 families. We give them each about $500 in food. But the main reason we do this is to make sure those families are exposed to the Gospel. We give them a daily devotion magazine and a special Gospel message every month that my wife types up. We are made up of volunteers from four different local churches. These churches supply the financial help needed to purchase some of the food. The people receiving our food have to be “qualified” by one of these churches. If the church knows they’ve experienced a temporary financial setback, they receive a card that makes them eligible to receive our groceries for several months. They simply drive up with that card, and a couple of our volunteers load bags of food into their car. We have 10 freezers, 3 coolers and a number… Read More

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