Send Judy on Brazil Mission Trip!

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see

My mom passed away in June of 2014.  I grieved heavily during her illness for a year before her passing and at my loss for a full year after.  My family could not understand my loss.  My relationships with my spouse, child and my family frayed badly.  I felt totally alone and looked for some kind of relief, any relief.  My pain reliever of choice was alcohol.  

In the winter of 2015 someone told me about Kensington Church, but I did not hear them (or God).  A few months later, on a Sunday, near my lowest point, I decided (or God decided for me) to attend a service at Kensington.  I was filled with an emotion I can’t describe.  I continued to attend weekly service thereafter, but still I craved more.

I prayed for God to give me someone in my life, who was just like my mom.  I now realize all the people I have met through church was God’s way of giving me Christian people in my life.  No one person could replace my mom; it has taken an army of believers to guide me to him.  HE was the only ONE who could heal my pain.

I no longer pick up a bottle for pain relief, I pick up my Bible and give my pain up to Jesus.  I no longer see coincidences.  I see God guiding me.  The more I deepen my relationship with God, the more I am at peace with myself and this world I live in.  I have given up controlling everything in my life and turn to him for counsel.  My grief has diminished, my family relationships are being repaired.  I am joyful.

Psalm 23:4

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me, your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

God used the most devastating event of my life, the death of my mom, so that I could find him.  My hope is that my story will inspire someone, somewhere to seek him.

Isaiah 48:17

I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your benefit, who leads you in the way you should go

I have heard stories of people that have gone on a mission trip and felt a little tug over the past 2 years, but did not feel spirtually strong enough.  Since my Baptism, I feel spirtually charged and ready to serve others in this crazy world we live in.

Brazil-Amazon October 20-30, 2018

This team will partner with our Brazilian Global Partner, CTPI  and travel by boat to visit 4 or 5 villages on the Amazon River shores. Doctors and dentists will provide medical care for the population. Team members will also walk through the village and share the gospel and provide an evangelistic program for kids.

CTPI is a network of pastors and churches committed to Reformed theology and are engaged in fulfilling the Great Commission of Christ by planting new churches in cities across Brazil.
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Judy Thomas 
Oxford, MI
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