In October 1991 I moved to Irving, Texas. I had taken a job with the Dallas Times Herald in the advertising department. Two short months later, I found myself out of a job after the newspaper was bought by the Dallas Morning News. More than 900 people lost their jobs.
I was devastated and disillusioned as to why God would have me take the job just to be unemployed two months later. At the time I was still trying to find a church, had no friends and the only people I knew where at the job I had just lost.
Plymouth Park BC, Irving Apartment Complex Metroplex Chapel, Hurst
I had begun to attend Plymouth Park BC but really didn’t know many people. Eventually I would join the church and enjoyed it greatly. During the early months of 1992, I did the only thing I knew to do… spend quality time reading my Bible and praying.
During the last days of May 1992, I went to a concert at Metroplex Chapel in Hurst. Several friends from PPBC, along with my niece and her husband and another couple from Wichita Falls (Danny and Dawn K), attended as well. It was my first time to see the Imperials in concert and it was an incredible experience.
At the end of the concert, they invited people who wanted to be prayed for to come to the altar. I was one of the first people there. While at the altar, I experienced the Holy Spirit in a powerful way. I was praying and in my spirit, I heard the Father say, “I want you to go.” My response, “Where?” And the Father answered, “I want you to go to the former Soviet Union.”.
After the concert, all of us went to a restaurant and I informed all of them immediately the experience I had. I didn’t understand it all at the time, but I knew God was doing something in my life!
It took a while, but through a cousin, I learned of an opportunity in eastern Ukraine. After much praying and spending three weeks in Seattle, WA in the fall of 1993, God confirmed I was to go to Ukraine.
I made the move in February 1994 when I arrived in Lugansk, Ukraine. I spent three wonderful years there and watched God do so much in my life during that time.
The last 14 years I have spent in Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Republic of Georgia. I am so thankful the Lord called me 25 years ago. It has been an incredible journey!