In recent years I have experienced a new sense of the word “serving.”
My husband and I both serve in our community church in Brazil. We serve our community and our congregation wholeheartedly and with great passion. Recently, my elderly parents have needed constant care. I felt the Lord telling me to stop all ministerial activities and dedicate myself to the full-time care of my parents.
Initially, it was an easy decision. I love my parents and wanted to honor them and help them live comfortably. However, the transition proved more difficult. I had left a place of comfort, visibility, and human recognition. I chose to serve my parents, hoping to honor the servanthood of Jesus as I served my parents.
Today, I would not trade the time serving my parents for the platforms and microphones that came from pastoral work. I learned much in that season, clinging only to Jesus and serving through His strength, even though there was little recognition or visibility. I learned incredible things I would not have learned had I stayed where I was.
As I was serving my parents, God led me to Love God Greatly. He opened doors for me to translate women’s Bible studies into Portuguese. God not only gave me the opportunity to serve my parents but to also serve the community of women in Love God Greatly.
The journey of serving has been challenging but so rewarding. I am no longer the same person I was when I began this adventure of serving with Jesus. I am confident that He sees me, no matter the work He has me do. I am being perfected in His perfect love, no matter where I am.
Simone from Brazil
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