Frustration and Endearment

As an online missionary for Global Media Outreach, I have been discipling Maria, for two years.  She’s 21 and lives in Southeast Asia.  Maria is a great source of frustration to me–but also a source of endearment.

Maria emails often–too often!  She’s up and she’s down. She is a follower of Jesus and then she’s an atheist.  She’s bisexual and then she’s straight.  She’s suicidal and then she wants to live.  She hates people and then she loves them.  She’s addicted to drugs and alcohol and then… well no, I believe she’s still addicted.

Five days ago she had sworn to follow her weed-smoking friends in atheism. She told me she was finished with me and with God—forever!  I waited three days and then wrote a short note encouraging her with God’s Word, with His love and with my belief in her.

She responded, “I will do what you say.  Thank you.  You always give light to my mind and to my darkest thoughts and darkest thinking.  You give me hope to live life full even if I want to give up on my life and God.  Please guide me always. I need you, to help me know more about God and to be closer again to Him.  Thank you Kathleen!”

My eyes brimmed with tears.  I will continue to work with this frustrating, yet precious and needy friend. I will continue to pray for her and encourage her with God’s Word.  Please take a moment and pray for Maria.  Pray also for me, that I will give wise and godly counsel and help her get established in a local community of Christians.

[This life is temporary. This life is short.  When this life is over, our bodies will die and become empty shells, but our souls will continue to live forever.  Where will the “real you” live?  Will you live for all eternity separated from God?  Or will you spend eternity in the presence of God in heaven?   Learn more so you can make your most important decision:   http://www.godlife.com/gospel/  and  http://www.godlife.com/en/about-christianity

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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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4 Responses to Frustration and Endearment

  1. Liana says:

    Praying dear friend. May her swaying heart become firmly fixed in one direction. That of God. May peace settle upon her and you. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. Stand still.

  2. Joe says:

    I lifted a prayer for both you and Maria. Thank you for allowing the light of Christ to shine through you and become the lighthouse Maria so desperately needs in her dark and stormy travels. Your story is of hope and inspiration. May we all acquire a heart that never gives up on people and always trust God to do the work that only He can do. Blessings my dear sister.

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