Nancy (not her real name) had given up hope. Betrayed by her father… her uncle, her brothers… betrayed by her trusted pastor… marks on her wrists… gashes elsewhere on her arms made to ease the pain of her perceived guilt… full of shame.. tired of trying… tired of choosing life. She sat across from me, eyes downward. “You’re not going to believe me anyway,” she said.
Fast forward two and a half years later.
This time we met at her house over tea and Oreo cookies. “Yesterday I read about the woman who touched the hem of Jesus’ coat because she needed to be healed. I told God I was going to hang on tightly to HIm just like she did until He healed me too.”
What made the difference? Why the change? The process was a long, slow one that included a caring community that came alongside her in her woundedness — friends, an understanding husband, a pastor who really cared, a small group at the church who knew how to help and most of all, a growing connection with the Lord and His powerful Word.
What part did Lydia Discipleship Ministries play? LDM was involved in many levels — praying with her, caring, connecting her with Him through our study materials, offering training to help those around her to understand, offering her hope.
This year we are celebrating 20 years of serving desperate people like Nancy who come to us with the same kind of life story, 20 years of helping “helpers” to understand, to support. Praise the God who lets us participate and watch as He changes the “Nancys” of the world.
Ways you can be involved:
- Participate with us and see God bring transformation in lives like “Nancy’s” by contributing to LDM’s ministry fund for urgent staffing needs. This provides for training and resources to bring hope to the wounded and equipping helpers.
- Join our core crew, the Prayer Team, our faithful prayer warriors and receive updates on what’s going on in the ministry.
- Celebrate 20 years of His faithfulness as we serve the King of Kings through the unique ministry of LDM by helping to underwrite a video designed to help others understand what LDM is all about. The estimated cost for the video is $3,500.
- Support the reprinting of my story called “Laura.” The Lord is using this book to help people understand shattered people. Each $10 contribution provides for printing one copy.
Many thanks to our faithful supporters. Thank you for your heart for the deeply wounded.
Christ is Victor!
List of actual wounded people or those who helped.