It’s Friday and time for another Life Change Inbox! I have been sharing some of the wonderful emails my husband gets, where people share the work God is doing in their lives through Elevation Church. Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 3:2-4 that our lives are living letters written so that God might be glorified.
This week I was visiting with my husband in his office when he handed me a copy of Teresa’s letter. When I read Teresa’s letter, I was so moved. I immediately emailed her and told her I was praying for her and then asked if I could share her story today. She said I could. Here is Teresa’s story…
Dear Elevation Church,
Today I found your church when God lead me to the song “God Who Answers Prayer” and decided to check out your online sermons. I was drawn to the series about the waiting room because I felt God could use that topic to speak to me and listened to the message “Hubs & Spokes, Holding Patterns, & The Supernatural Date Line”.
Last Sunday I found out that my baby that I had been carrying for 19 weeks had died in the womb. My husband and I are missionaries in a city in Siberia (Russia) called Irkutsk. We work with youth here in a local charismatic church. To find out that we had lost our second baby, and especially so far along, devastated us. Last Wednesday I was induced and bore our precious little angel. This experience was not only heartbreaking, but emotionally traumatic as you might imagine here the medical standards are quite different. For example, the morning after giving birth 2 girls were put in my room, who had just that morning had abortions…one only 14 years old.
I just wanted to give some background as to why I was truly ministered to and touched by Pastor Steven Furtick’s message. I don’t know why God has kept us in this holding pattern, but I truly believe God’s ways are good. Thank you being faithful to the Word and therefore encouraging me, someone who is living very far across the dateline, (in the future, as Pastor Furtick put it)…And thank you for such an encouraging song for me during this time of healing. I think I listened to it 15 times this morning during my time with Jesus:)
Bless the Lord with all that’s within, O my soul!
I cry out with all that I am – make me whole.
Here I stand I place all my hope in you.
My Healer will see me through.
When Teresa replied to my email, she said “I hope that God can use our story in any way to expand His Kingdom. I know our story is only just beginning, but it has already been quite a journey. I see God’s supernatural hand in everything about my life and my husband’s life, too. So, I have to believe that God has supernatural children in store for us..but it is really hard to be where we’re at now. So thanks again for praying and thanks to those at Elevation for their prayers, too. May the Lord bless your ministry abundantly!”
Would you join me in praying for Mike and Teresa? I am praying that God would wildly bless their ministry and their family as He honors their commitment to serving Him in Russia. You can find out more about their ministry here.