Where are the Trailblazers’ lights shining in the midst of travel restrictions due to the coronavirus?
Here are up-dates from Leta Williams and Anthony Ratzel aka Mr & Mrs. Resolve and from Kadie Henry:
Kadie reports: “This year has been one of growth. I like to call this year the year of having an open hand with God. So often, I find myself wanting to know all of the details of what is to come next in life. God has reminded me time and time again that I have nothing to fear, and even brought new opportunities that may not have ever been available if it wasn’t for Covid-19. With plans for a short-term mission trip to Spain canceled, I was connected with Ketly Pierre in the Dominican Republic to lead a virtual discipleship group of young adult Haitian immigrants who are also new Christians. Throughout the months of October and November, we met on a regular basis to study the “Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22-23) together and share real-life testimonies with one another. I spoke in English, while Ketly translated to Haitian Creole and Spanish.
In a recent conversation I had with Ketly, she mentioned that the best discipleship classes are ones where everyone grows fruit. This statement is very true in our classes. A few weeks ago, the fruit of the spirit we focused on was peace. Our class was scheduled after daylight savings had occurred, and I had neglected to realize that the Dominican Republic doesn’t have daylight savings. I felt frazzled from an incident that had occurred at work, and now I was running late to class! Twenty minutes later when I was back home ready to begin class I told the students I needed to pray before I started to teach to release my distractions. I needed God’s peace to enter my heart. By the end of class, I felt completely calm and at peace. The students were able to physically see the power of the Holy Spirit working through me, and could relate to having the same feelings of stress and anxiousness as I had experienced in those moments. We all grew the fruit of peace from Ohio to the Dominican Republic and back.