First of all, I would like to thank Major Willdonna and our team of ladies that planned and prepped for our second annual Women's Day Retreat which was held on Saturday, March 18. Thank you also to the Youth Praise Team, Michael Tongson, workshop leaders, and our ladies who wh Our guest, Lt. Betty Vesikula, was just the right person to share in the day. Not only was she willing to share her personal story of faith, but she gave us a good reminder from God's Word that He is the author of our stories.
She closed with the story of Hosea and Gomer, his unfaithful wife. God told Hosea to marry her. It was an example of God's relationship with Israel. They would be unfaithful people, but God was still patient and reached out in love to them. This symbolized God's relationship with Israel. It didn't matter how she would leave him, Hosea still welcomed her and loved her. God does this with us. How blessed are we that we have such a loving, patient, and forgiving God?
There is nothing in our past or present that can stop Him from making something beautiful in the future. I have enclosed Lt. Betty's story for you. I do hope that this inspires you. And I pray that you will have the courage to share your story. Remember the lessons you learned from situations you have gone through - or currently going through now - might help someone else. Your story is not your own - it is also for others.
Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.
Psalm 107:2-3, NIV
Major AnnMarguerite Jones