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I lived with my husband Ronald for 15 years before I proposed to him. It took getting married and dedicating our lives to the Lord to have full trust in Him. If it weren't for my faith in Christ and relationship to Petra, I wouldn't have made it this far. I am dedicated to taking care of Ron full time, due to his health changing dramatically; I haven't had a job in a year. I monitor his meds, cook and clean, and put both Ron and my church family before myself. God strengthens my heart and soul, and so does my Petra family. If it weren't for my faith and trusting God, I don't know where I'd be. God gives me strength! ~J.W.
My family and I walked to the fireworks in Ephrata on July 4. While we were watching the fireworks, I noticed a woman. I felt the nudging of the Holy Spirit to pray for her. I love praying for people, but don't do it often with someone I don't know. After the fireworks, I decided to approach this woman. I simply asked if I could pray for her. She was very willing to receive prayer. As I was praying, you could see goose bumps appear up and down her arms. This was so cool. After praying, I talked with her a little and discovered she didn't know Jesus. So, I asked if she would like to accept him into her heart. She said "YES." So, right there in that 10-minute moment, she committed her life to Christ! What an awesome experience! Way to go, Jesus! ~E.M.
I want to share my story of being a recipient of an act of kindness on Saturday, May 19, during our Missions Festival weekend.
I awoke that morning to my children telling me we had a leak from our living room ceiling. After days of rain, this was disappointing. I am a single mom of eight (seven living children).
We had a bucket in the living room but I figured it would be better if I were to go up into the crawl space to place a bucket in the attic so the water would not come down into the living room. I was already in tears dealing with this but climbed up. I was trying to locate the exact drip source as the plywood was pretty wet over a big area under the roof, when next thing I knew, half my body fell through the living room ceiling. Praise God I caught myself from totally falling but three of my little ones saw it happen and freaked out.
Once I peeled myself out of there (sobbing), I didn't know what to do. I texted two gals who are prayer warriors, one being from church. She immediately contacted my regional deacon, Neil Martin. Within an hour, both gals and Neil showed up at my house. Neil tarped my roof and Melissa Mabry was there for physical support as I was a mess before that. (My friend, Holly, came as well).
Neil left but came back and fixed the huge hole in my ceiling by dry walling it! He also came back on May 24 and caulked my roof to keep it from leaking again.
The most amazing "God story" of this is that the same Saturday morning, Neil said he was cleaning his own attic and found an old tent he was going to pitch. He then decided to cut off the bottom part to keep and use as a tarp someday if needed. Less than an hour later, Melissa contacted him on my behalf for help and said I needed a tarp. ONLY GOD!!!
I'm so thankful for Petra's continued support of my family during this tough time! They are truly the hands and feet of Jesus! ~J.P.
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