Hope is making disciples in Canada, but it isn’t going exactly like she expected. Outmatched, overwhelmed, and underprepared, she is being hit with the reality of her own inadequacy and desperate need for God. Here’s her story, in her own words.
I’d like to share my discipleship story and ask you to pray for me. Last fall, I began to ask the Lord to bring people into my life that actually wanted to be discipled. I live in a “religious” part of our Canadian province, and many people just don’t want to be discipled. Life is just too busy for that!
So, around Christmas time, I felt a gentle nudge to befriend a lady who had tragically watched her husband drown while saving their only child and, as a result, suffered from post traumatic stress. We connected, and God has greatly blessed both of us in our friendship. But, it hasn’t been what I thought it would be. It’s slow going and certainly requires lots of grace and patience. She seems to be seeking God and searching, truly hungry for love, but is presently looking in earthly relationships to fill this void. She is also being pursued by a married “Christian” man.
Then, shortly after Christmas, a friend that I hadn’t been connected with for a long time was brought back into my life. She apologized to me for the way she had treated me and then proceeded to tell me her story, which she had been attempting to suppress for years. She had been sexually abused for many years, starting when she was four years old. Currently, her “Christian” husband is being unfaithful to her and telling her that she is the reason he is doing this. She believes this and is broken-hearted that she is the cause for “ruining” a godly man. SO much pain and damaged emotions wrapped up in this precious lady’s life. Amazingly, God has opened the way for her to accept a few truths from me. However, she does not believe that God is good right now, so trusting Him is an issue.
I truly believe that God has answered my prayer by giving me these two ladies as disciples, and I believe He is going to do great healing and bring them into His Light and Life. Will you please pray that I will abide in Him and have wisdom, love, patience, and grace in the process.
This is not what I expected discipleship to be like at all, but it is amazing to know that Christ is living through me.