We had Connection t-shirts made a few months back and gave them out at some of our summer events. Our friend, Shanda, has worked with the ministry for over 2 years now and not only did she pick out one shirt, but she needed three. It’s a common thing in our house to make fun of her for being the only person who got three shirts.
Not only did she get three shirts, she also requested hers to have “STAFF” written across the back. She was only half-kidding when she asked.
A few months back, The Lord began speaking to Shanda and working in her heart. He would eventually lead her to put her house on the market and in His perfect timing, it was sold in ONE week. When God moves quickly, you must be quick to listen and respond.
We began praying with Shanda about what her next step was. In her heart she felt she had two different options, move close to a family member or move to Countryside.
Through many tears and prayers and hours worth of conversations, God made it clear to her that she was to move into Countryside and work with The Connection. The majority of her time is spent here anyways, why not live here?
A few days before she moved in, we joined The Smiths in praying a blessing over Shanda’s new place. It was a powerful time of calling on the name of The Lord to work in her life in a place that she loves dearly.
Shanda is an exceptional woman. She has one of the most mission-focused hearts I have ever seen. She has given countless hours to loving on our neighborhood since I first met her. She is fluent in Spanish and has a passion for serving our Hispanic neighbors. She will most definitely be used by God here in taking our Hispanic relationships to a new level by reaching them in their heart language. She has great ideas for ministry opportunities that we look forward to developing with her.
Will you pray for Shanda and her boys with us?
- Pray for her Spanish With a Mission class at The Connection.
- Pray for her safety in our neighborhood.
- Pray for her three boys, Evan, Brandon, and Christian, that will be serving with her also.
- Pray for her adjustment and balance as she sets out on this new journey.
We look forward to what God has in store for us as a mission team this year at The Connection!