Oct 22

Dana’s Story

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Over the last two decades of Children’s Ministry, I’ve watched God use hundreds of ordinary people to make an extraordinary difference in the lives of kids.  But these stories of grace never get old and never cease to amaze me.

I was recently talking with Dana Muller, one of our Saturday night Life Group Leaders at Harrodsburg Road, about how she ended up serving in Children’s Ministry.  The story she told me blew me away.  It’s a great reminder of what big things God can do when one person makes his or herself available to be used by Him.  Here’s Dana’s story:

I grew up in a family full of addictions and anger.  My grandparents owned the local bar, and I spent many afternoons there while my parents worked.  My dad was an over the road truck driver and when I was nine, my parents divorced.

I was hurt, angry, and confused because I was much too young to understand what was really going on around me.  I thought it was my mom’s fault and took out my anger on her.  Being a single parent, my mom worked really hard to provide for us.

To help her out, my mom hired a few babysitters before eventually finding Mindy.  Mindy was so loving and didn’t seem turned away by my outbursts.  She was there for us and cared about us.  She taught us about unconditional love.  She played games with us.  In my broken world, she was healing.  I can remember her taking us to Vacation Bible School during the summer, and I remember loving it. Because of her love for me, I was able to learn about God’s love for me.

Jeremiah 29:11 has become one of my favorite verses.  It says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Even when I didn’t know or understand what good could come from my current situation, God did.

Because of the way Mindy impacted my life, I have a passion to change the lives of children I come in contact with.  You never know the impact you can have on a child when you love them with the love of God.

Not only was my life changed, but my family was changed.  We have been healed.  My parents are remarried to each other and both have been baptized.  God certainly had different plans for me than I expected when I was nine, and I got to see them all because one person showed me His love when I was young.

Because Dana experienced the transformational power of God’s love, she has a passion to share that same gift with others.  And I’m guessing you do too.

Like Mindy, you probably have no idea the difference you’re making in the lives of kids week in and week out.   It’s always hard to see these things in the moment.  But trust me – God has BIG plans for the kids you serve, and He is using you to reach them with a love that never ends.

So, now that you’ve heard Dana’s story, I’d love to hear yours.   Who made a difference in your life for God’s kingdom so that you can now turn around and share it with others?  Why do you serve in the Big Picture Show?

You can  answer by either commenting on this post or e-mailing me at jbyerly@southlandchristian.org. Thanks for standing in the gap and loving God’s kids!


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