God can do far more than all we ask or think
"But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God" (John 1:12)
From Pastor Matt: Anya Boyer, a member of our congregation, shares a testimony of how Jesus intervened during a time of suffering.
Anya: I was orphaned and adopted at 3 months by my grandmother Ludmila. Although already in her sixties, she was a recent follower of Jesus. In her own words, she went to a "very loud and terribly done Christian outreach concert," but when she heard about Jesus, she instantly believed. Faith was a timely gift for her.
During my growing up years, she was in very poor health, on top of being financially destitute, a widow, and working long hours as an in-demand scientist. She lived a difficult life, but she embraced the sudden storm of raising two small grandchildren with the deepest courage and love I have yet to see. Jesus shined bright into my heart through her.
As the USSR intelligence transplant, our living location was somewhat random, we had no family nearby, except for our newfound loving community. The church was my closest, dearest family, and my deepest consolation. I feel so privileged to have had a front row to her faith. As her daughter, her daily testimony shaped me and changed me. The love, trust, and belonging to the church is the best inheritance I could have gotten to usher me into adulthood.
When she became bedridden, and my heart needed a monster anchor of its own,- my very imperfect church, and Jesus became an abundance of grace. As a 13-year old defenseless girl, I knew the grave danger I would face the moment she died. I prayed without ceasing during the years of her decline, many people did. From that valley, I learned that Jesus can really change and truly transform us,- our minds, and our hearts and our very lives when we cry out to Him in our suffering. And that nothing really beats the deep joy of growing more and more into His image in us.