This month I wanted you all to hear from Patty Mitchell. Patty’s story is one that has an abundance of trenches as the past couple of years her family has felt deep loss. Though Patty has experienced deep pain, she has pursued Christ in the midst of it and her heart for God is evident in every area of her life!
“On July 1, 2018 I unexpectedly lost my dad, which was the third major death within four years having already lost my middle sister to Ewing’s Sarcoma and my mother to Colon Cancer. My immediate family went from five to two, leaving just me and my youngest sister to continue on with just one another. While I have been a Christian my whole life I was not going to church regularly. I was hurting and I needed fellowship and emotional healing. My grandparents attend Asbury and thought we could go to GriefShare together. I started coming to Asbury for GriefShare, and my grandma soon also let me know there was a young adult class called "Chainbreakers". During the Fall semester of 2018 I went through GriefShare learning so much about healing through grief and how God cares for and comforts us during hard times. After GriefShare I have had the fellowship of Chainbreakers and Asbury to continue to grow in my understanding and faith in Christ. Jesus has become a daily importance in my life and not just something I go to when it's convenient or times are hard.
I have seen God work in many ways in my life. God has mercifully guided me to my best friend and the group of supporting people in my life. My Chainbreakers Home Group has been a great source of community, prayer, and positivity that I need in my life. The women in our group help me grow in my faith and give me confidence in moving forward in my walk with Christ. As I have healed and grown from the experiences I have had at Asbury, I have really felt led recently to start helping with the 18.22 Group at Asbury and to help build up young adults in that age range. I will even be going with 18.22 on their mission trip in December to Big Heart Orphanage and I am excited to see how God uses me in their lives and how this will help further me in my own spiritual growth!
I continue to listen to God and deepen my relationship with Christ. Although my story does not start in a happy place, God has helped me through my grief and healing process and continues to better my life in the plan He has for me. “