I'm not a religious scholar, I'm not the child of a Pastor, and I didn't particularly enjoy the idea of religion for most of my life. In fact, I turned my back on God and set off to live a life independent of Jesus' ways of life. That all changed when my world fell silent and I was filled with God's persistent and patient pursuit to love me.
Here's a bit of my story:
For me, following Jesus meant dropping a big net. In 2014 I resigned from a lucrative career, left my home, donated my belongings, and exited relationships which included a proposal for marriage. Successful according to the world, my purpose and identity became rooted in my outward appearances: the degree on my wall, volunteer work, the home I owned and where it was located, the executive title on my business cards, the six-figure income that fed the number in my bank account, the kind of car I drove, and perhaps darkest of all being my relationship status. I had it all, yet lived a very chaotic, depressed, hopeless life.
In 2015, I joined a gym and began training my body for the unknown path ahead. I also opened a Bible for the first time in decades and trained my mind by rediscovering Jesus. I would have nightly talks with God in the sauna because confusion consumed me as I didn’t know who I was without everything I had surrendered. I didn’t know who I was during the day without an inbox full of emails to respond to. I didn’t know who I was at night, sleeping on my sisters couch with no space to call my own. When asked what I did for a living, I no longer knew what to respond. My identity--my worth and value--had been tied to things, and now those things were all gone. Hopelessness was a thief of the newly found joy and peace I had been finding in the Word.
Then, on a random and less-than-confident trip to Iceland, I found Life. On the side of a desolate mountain, after a day of hiking through snowy ground and icy storms I approached a cliff that overlooked the ocean and mountain range (cover picture is where I was standing). The soundtrack to my lost and hopeless stance was the ocean slamming against the wall beneath me and the seagulls flying over in the sky above me. As I gazed around, I remembered God’s Goodness and God’s pleasure in all he created (Genesis 1:31). Then, the world around me fell silent. I could no longer hear the ocean or the seagulls. I panicked for a moment, before being overcome by peace. I lifted my eyes, looked up at the sky and said, “You have my attention, if you have something to say to me, say it”. I heard, “I have Good Intentions for your life”. As I listened, I felt Love pour into my whole being that brought with it an unexplainable Peace. I asked, “If there is still anything in my life that is not of You, please take it from me. And tell me what You want me to do”. I heard, “Testify and Minister”. I replied, “I want to glorify You with my life—with my thoughts, my words and my actions”. I walked down from that mountain like a prisoner freed from a life sentence. My heart was changed. The desires of my heart and my mind were new...I found LIFE!
Milestones of Laura's Mission:
Enroll in Seminary:
COMPLETE (2[phone redacted])
Apply to be a Candidate for Ordained Ministry:
Publish Book about Testimony:
How you may help:
Prayer. It is our most valuable resource. Please keep me in prayer as I endeavor on this unknown path. If there is anything you would like me to lift in prayer for you, please let me know.
Spread the story. Keep my story about Jesus in mind, and share it. Share the Good News with those you think may benefit from hearing.
Monetary means. Contribute what you can. All donations will go towards small seminary fees and publishing a book about my testimony. My entire ministry is about making Jesus' Love known to others that are lost and broken in need of True Love.
What I have to offer the human condition is a heart after God; a testimony to the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ which brings life to each of us by the grace of God through the Holy Spirit (1 Peter 3:18). I honor the command to share my faith not just in words, but in action and truth. God does not call the equipped; God equips the called. Please stay tuned for updates on my ministry mission!
I cannot do this alone. I need your help. My heart burns with desire to love God and serve my neighbor with a love that transcends race, gender, sexuality, disability, creed, socioeconomics or nation of origin. United by Christ alone.
Thank you, in advance, for your support. An effort impossible without help from others, so I thank you from the depths of my heart for the time you’ve just given to read a bit of my story and for being a part of my mission.
The peace of Jesus Christ, the peace that surpasses all understanding, be with you.
With love and gratitude,
- Ray Torres
- Adair Ruff
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