In Michele’s words:
When I moved from upstate New York to Raleigh, NC, a co-worker invited me to Summit church in Raleigh. I knew of God but never heard the gospel message about being saved. Where I was from, everyone I knew believed when anyone dies, they all go to heaven. This was one of many false beliefs. I began attending Summit a few days a week as well as serving there on the worship team. The people I was with in bible study and the young professionals I knew were not saved. I thought I knew God but really did not. I was not in a relationship with Him as Lord and Savior of my life.
I had been attending and serving at church for months. On Resurrection Sunday, as I was singing on the platform at church, the word of God touched my heart and opened my eyes to the truth. I discerned the reality that I didn’t know Him. I really wanted to know Him, to love Him, to live for Him! That day, I surrendered my heart and life to Jesus as my Lord and savior and was baptized!
I was forever changed that day. Within an hour of my salvation, I was so excited that I called many family and friends. They were not pleased. They yelled at me and told me how angry and disappointed they were. There are still family and friends who don’t talk to me because of my faith in Jesus and choosing to live for Him. I pray for their salvation! I love them and want God’s will for their lives. I wouldn’t change my decision ever. It is the best decision I have ever made. The conflict and trials from that day on have just made me closer to Him and stronger in Him. One of my favorite scriptures that I have truly understood in greater measure throughout the years is James 1:2-4.
On Abortion and Why I Care About this Issue:
I care very deeply about the value of life that God has given every human being, even before birth, known by God before conception. Every human being is created in the image of God. Valuing life, God, His word, and being His child all lead me to care about the issue of abortion. Some family members have had an abortion. They and their families have been deeply damaged by the effects of the decision to murder their child.
From the day I gave my life to Jesus, I have faced adversity. Through every challenge, I have come to a deeper relationship with Him and of who I am in Him. By His grace, I will not be shaken. My journey with The Lord has deeply rooted and established me in Him. I know apart from Him, I can do nothing, but in Him, all things are possible. I know that what Satan means for harm, God is working for good. His grace is sufficient, and His power is made perfect in my weakness.
Preparation for Ministry with Love Life
Prayer and conversations with the Lord during 2020 led me to Love Life. I actually thank God for 2020! During that time, I was seeking direction from God. I also wanted my heart to break for what breaks God’s heart most. I was led to listen to John and Lisa Bevere’s podcast. They were interviewing the Benham brothers, and during the interview, they began to discuss their dad and being involved in pro-life ministry in NC. My research led me to the Love Life website. After reading through the website, I found that there was a Love Life presence in Fayetteville, NC, where I lived. I had never heard of it before.
From there, I signed up to pray with the local ministry. The Friday night before the prayer walk, as I was praying with my seven-year-old son, he asked me if he could go with me. I agreed and explained a little more about the ministry. He thanked me, then shared that he had a vision. The vision was of a baby in the mother’s womb saying, “Stop, please don’t hurt me, let me live,” and no one was hearing the baby.
With tears flowing down my face, I said, “That is why God is sending us to be a voice for the voiceless.” I knew God was confirming for us to go. We went that Saturday. The next Saturday, my husband and other son joined us as well. From that day, we have been serving as a family with Love Life.
My hope for Love Life:
*Saints at all abortion clinics until it’s abolished
*The Church united in Jesus as Lord, knowledge and standing on His word and mobilized worldwide.
*Families being trained up according to the word of God, leading generations into a Godly legacy
*Love Life presentations flooded throughout the nation at churches, businesses, tv, media, radio, and schools…increasing awareness and truth for His kingdom and glory on earth as it is in heaven.
Abortion and many issues are due to a lack of knowledge of God and His word.
Highlights of our ministry:
families saved, post-abortive moms being healed, churches uniting in prayer and worship
getting connected with churches, committed laborers for the mission field
1 abortion clinic is partially covered, the second needs coverage
6 churches committed to adopting a week for 2023
A catalyst for Fayetteville, sidewalk outreach and mentors, a vehicle for our family for pastor connections, church drop-ins, Love Life presentations potentially at church staff, businesses, schools, are ministries during the week
For His kingdom and glory on earth as it is in heaven.
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