With the changing times, outreach as it was done in the 20th century seems to be a think of the past. Where before churches ministered the Gospel as they always had and meet real needs today it is the felt but seldom voiced needs that most aren’t aware of or are trying to ameliorate through social networking that we must address.
Having spoken with Pastor about several possibilities as well as things I done before, it was only when I took a much needed time out to heal and do what seemed like ‘nothing’ that God touched my heart. Looking back I believe I needed to become sick enough to stop so my heart would be ready and willing to begin a new thing. And as I spoke with Pastor about my idea(s) I saw what I can only call a gleam of joyful commitment in his eyes.
So today I’m speaking at our ‘Senior Day Out’ luncheon about a new outreach concept which involves starting a Christian Storytellers’ Club and TV Show and I NEED your prayers. I say this because though loved and approved of by our congregation, in my own right, though I am Pastor Ron’s wife, this venue has been a difficult one for me to speak at. Yet I knew God wanted me to and when Pastor Leland agreed I was blessed.
However, on the eve of this event old doubts crept in. Now prayed up, affirmed, and supported I will do what I never wanted to do again for what we planned cannot begin unless 20 people sign up for this club and some offer to help because of the ‘…a cord of three strands…’ we read about in Scripture is needed, I know I need at least two to work alongside me, so please lift all of this unto the Lord in prayer.
Thank & God bless each of you!
ABOUT PAULA ROSE MICHELSON
Paula Rose Michelson’s journey from fear to faith in Messiah and awareness that the Lord turned her, “darkness into light” (2 Samuel 22:29) when she took, “every thought captive unto Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5), thus daily having her thoughts, “transformed by the renewing of (her) mind”, (Romans 12:2), she founded LAMB Ministries in 1988 and continues to help women recover from trauma and abuse through the effective use of Scripture and prayer.
A Messianic Jew, she wanted to write about life, love, choices, forgiveness, and researched what befell the Jews baptized into the Catholic faith to survive the Inquisition. When starting to write, Naomi shared her story. Though her story is unique, Naomi's issues of fear and hiding are universal and serve as a template that the Lord is using to fulfill the Great Commissions through literature as those who read The Naomi Chronicles discover their condition and believe in Jesus!
The first LAMB Ministries biblically based Self-help books for women suffering from trauma and abuse, her 12 page memoir written to encourage those who feel ‘less than’ all of these books, and those books yet to be released stem from Paula’s belief that God is in control. She and I are particularly excited about ‘The Elephant’ books, which will garner an audience with the release of ‘The Elephant’s Christmas’ and her ‘LAMB Ministries Recovery Series’ because they have been bequeathed to The Lutheran Church of the Cross.
Paula helped write a recovery interne program while interning in a dually diagnosed psychiatric unit as a Chemical Dependency Counselor, worked for The Rubicon Center as a house parent for six preteens girls who were removed from their homes due to abuse, and prior to meeting me received awards and accolades for her paintings which hung in and were sold by a Rodeo Drive Gallery. Now an author of Inspiration Christian Fiction and biblically based Self-help books, and other works to encourage readers to seek the Lord, several of her books have been on Amazon’s 100 Bestsellers in their respective categories.
With all Paula has going on as the mother of two married daughters, grandmother of seven grandchildren, who when not involved in ministry, writing, speaking, or teaching the effective use Scripture, researching her next book, meeting with friends, or chatting with her family can find time to begin a multilayered approach of outreach to the lost in Laguna Woods Village that she will share with you is a testament to what Jesus has laid on her heart!