Connecting Columbia Union Seventh-day Adventists
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Michelle Collier, has been with Good Neighbor House for the past five years. She was hired as the chief operating officer but took on more and more responsibility as the 28-year old operation acquired more programs to help serve the Miami Valley and beyond.
As we reflect on 2021, we are both saddened by the great losses the global pandemic has brought to many families and thankful that the Lord has led us through the challenges of ministry amid crises.
Many times throughout my life, I have followed these passages, and the Lord has led me in the right path.
It seems as if the jungle, the mountains and rural areas are favorite destinations to send new ministers. I was no exception. My first district was in the deep forest of Nicaragua, surrounded by rushing rivers and deep lagoons. Our congregations resided in small communities nestled around these lagoons. Ninety percent of travel between them was by river, so we used an outboard motorboat to carry out pastoral work.
I had three small children living in Texas. There was no food, no job, no money and no husband. I had one cup of rice and one cup of beans, and, like the widow in the Bible, I was going to make that meal and then try to figure it out from there. She had made up her mind to die; I wasn’t quite there yet, but I was very discouraged.
My late friend, Dave Robinson, was the Camp Mohaven director and pastor of the Delaware church in Ohio. He often had a time during his church service called the “God Showing Off Moment,” where he and members shared God’s recent blessings.
God has creative ways of bringing Scripture into our minds to encourage us. Joshua 1:9 became a favorite of mine during an anxious period in my life.
I have been a widow for many years. Although the burdens of day-to-day life are heavy, I have the assurance that God cares for me.
When I first read John 21:25, I wondered, “How can the entire earth not hold enough books to list Jesus’ works?” I volunteer as an assistant librarian at my church, and we have over 3,750 books.
Awhile back, my family went to the circus. I purchased tickets that put us right up front. As the show progressed, there was a knife-throwing clown act. Seeking volunteers from the audience, I was chosen to participate in this extravaganza.