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Posted by Tina kadolph on December 26, 2012 at 1:30 PM

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Couldn’t wait to share the amazing “Greater” work God is doing!

 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28 NIV

 

As I reflect on this verse, it is hard at times to think this way.


When we see the whole picture, we can look back and say "Wow, God worked this bad thing out for my greater in the end." But when we are in it, we don’t usually see that.

 

When I was 4, I was raped by a man that my mom was seeing. It's a long story, but the result was that I grew up feeling as if I had no hope. I felt like I was worthless, insecure, defeated, and depressed. I couldn’t see how this could ever be turned into my good. I didn’t understand how or why God would allow this to happen to me, let alone how I would be able to say all things worked together for my good.

 

But now, as bad as that was, I can say I see how God took this horrible experience and used it for my good. I bet you are wondering now, aren’t you???? It’s a really cool huge “God Greater” story.

 

A few weeks ago, I shared that God called my husband and I into missions. We have a small mission organization, “Love Missions”. Missions has been our lives, our loves. Our youngest was married and, a month later, they went into full time missions. We as a family have been doing mission work for 12 years now. Through these years God has done some great healing of my heart and has even helped me to forgive. This has been a process over many years but God has started showing me how this bad thing was going to be used for good.


I have gone to other countries to speak and share my testimony. I could have never dreamed this could happen to me or that my testimony could help other women. I’m not a speaker and I’ve never had much confidence in myself, so I can say it is all God. I gave my testimony in one of these countries and gave an alter call. Hundreds of woman came forward because they had gone through similar horrors. I was overwhelmed that God could use my testimony to show other woman His love and mercy and that, through Him, there could be forgiveness and hope. Only our amazing, loving God could do this. It not only showed these beautiful hurting ladies, but it showed me how he was always with me even in my darkest days!



This brings us to today. This past July, we went on one of our mission trips that we have taken every year for the past 7 years. This year, we found out something that was beyond our comprehension. Some of the children we have been ministering to had been sold into human trafficking! SEX SLAVERY!. My heart was more than broken for these beautiful girls. It brought me back to when I was four and the pain. One of the girls had been sold at the age of 7 years old. She had to do hard labor as well as have continual sex with the man who purchased her from her own mother. I understood, to a point, some of her pain. This is why these girls opened up to me; I had shared my testimony. Again, it was all God! All part of his big and Greater plan.


Do you know that the average child sold into sex slavery is 4 years old?  Did you know that, at any given time, these children might have as many as 40 men in line to abuse them in ways beyond our comprehension? Did you know that their average age life expectancy is 2 years? They die from abuse, disease, or drug over dose that is forced on them. Did you know that only 1 in a 100 are ever rescued because there are not enough of us doing anything to help? There can never be too many ministries that are helping battle this horrible evil. It is too big! Humans are trafficked more than drugs because criminals can only sell drugs once but they can sell a human over and over again.


Knowing what I now know, it was very clear that I couldn’t just go back and do VBS and pretend that this wasn’t going on. We had to do something. I couldn’t go to church, sit and talk about doing greater for God, and then not do anything for these victims, knowing what had happened to them or was still happening to others. But what could I do? This is so big and so horrible! So I prayed and prayed and God brought the answer.


I knew we needed to start a safe house and rescue children. What I didn’t know was how or where the money would come from. How could we build a house? It would cost so much. I knew God had all the money in the world, but it was still too big for me to grasp. So I needed more praying for God’s direction. I knew this was from Him and he would show me the way.


He told me to start small and not look at the big yet. I had just a few fish and a couple loves of bread to offer and was I willing to take that step of faith and offer what I had and let him do the rest.


The reason the study “Greater” came at the perfect time in my life is that it is all about what is happening in my life right now.


Finally, one morning as I was praying, it came to me (I know it was God). “Why wait to build? You can rent a house.” What? Rent? OH MY GOSH!!! Why didn’t I think of that? (Ha ha) Of course we can rent!!!"


I was so excited. To rent a house was doable. It wouldn’t take nearly as long to raise money to rent a house as it would to build. So again I prayed. Okay God. I will rent, but we will still have to raise money. Lord, show me. It was at this point that He reminded me of my friend and assistant in “Love Missions.” She had made jewelry and raised $1000.00 for her personal mission trip just a couple of months prior.


So that was the plan. We would start raising money to rent a house. I was willing to do whatever I needed to do to rescue Children and give them a safe place to live. We would make jewelry and sell it to support a safe house.


We immediately began making jewelry out of glass tiles (the ones my friend made) and necklaces made from dominos. Dominos are the perfect symbol for this project because of the domino effect. We are praying that, as we begin this project, many others will join in with us and will fall in line to make a change in the world, thus creating a domino effect. Together we will be saving lives, physically as well as eternally.


We planned a party to introduce God’s plan and to bring awareness to this evil of Human Trafficking. We would sell our jewelry to raise money for our first house. The fundraising ministry would be called Dove Designs. The dove was from the dove with Noah who brought back new life after the flood. We would be bringing new life.


But, as usual, God was way ahead of us. Before we had our first introduction party, we got the news that God had gaven us two houses. What?? Yes, we had two rental homes donated for our use for the next 2 years. Two homes!!! Not one! Two!!! Did you read what I said? God gave us two!! I was so shocked and amazed. We hadn’t even had a chance to ask for help and God was showing us we were on the right path. God was doing more than I could have asked or even dreamed or even hoped for. He was doing the greater! The big greater! The HUGE GREATER! Just what we had been learning in our study “Greater” by Steven Furtick.

So now, back to what I asked about how God would use what happened to me and make it into good? Can you see how he works? The experience I had gave me a heart for hurting woman and children. And now If I can be a part of telling them about Jesus and showing them he can heal their hearts like he did mine. If I can be a part of saving one life from what I have been through it will have been worth it.

 

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28 NIV

 

I love Him and have been called to His purpose. It is huge, but God is doing amazing things in this ministry already. I’m taking the baby steps and he is filling the gap, as Steven Furtrick says.


There is so much more and I know God is going to use me and he is going to bring others to help so that together, we can begin the domino effect. We can allow God to do Greater through us. Who will help? Who will he bring? Will it be you? I’m praying that through this study God will show you that you are to be a part of something Greater also!

 

Christmas is behind us with the New Year just around the corner. We think about our Savior who came to this earth as a baby and lived a life of love, healing, giving, and sacrifice. He then died on the cross for all of our sins in the ultimate act of love, healing, giving and sacrifice. This all leads me reflect. Are we living the life that He would want for us?


Through Christmas did we honor our Lord and Savior? Are we showing love, giving of ourselves and helping to heal the hurting in the world? Are we willing to really sacrifice even if it takes us way out of our comfort zone?


We must trust Him and step out in whatever he has called us to do. It will be different for each of us. But just be willing.

 

As the New Year approaches, let it be a new year of honoring our Savior.

 

Now the rest of the story…


I wrote this blog on Thursday Dec. 20th, but never got a chance to post it. On Friday, Dec. 21st, I was at the reveal party with my OBS sisters and I received a call informing me that our organization (Love Missions) has rescued our first child. She is 7 years old.


Again, God is moving faster than we planned. He does that a lot. (Lol) I had prayed God would allow me to be a part of saving one life and we have already saved one little, sweet child. I know it is just the beginning.


I began to write this on Thursday, pouring out my heart to my OBS sisters and Friday, even though I never posted it God answered my prayer.


I was able to share the news with my OBS sisters online at the very moment this all happened and already Lisa Kramp, and Melissa Taylor are asking how they can help. So many answers to prayer.


Our God is so much greater than we can even think or understand. Thank you to P31 ministries and OBS sisters and thank you, Steven Furtick, and the "Greater" book  for sharing this amazing journey with me and writing this book. I know God had this planned from the beginning. God is clearly doing greater. One child is safe!!! It is one of the greatest gifts I have ever been given. I believe that now those who were with me that night and those who will read this have been chosen by God to be a part of this special gift. Merry Christmas,


God’s blessings,

Love Tina

 

P.S. Since writing the update, we have found out we have not only saved one child, but two! Again, what more can I say about how great our God is? One 7 year old girl and one 8 year old boy. I’m truly speechless! So much more to share. But that will have to be later! 

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9 Comments

Reply Kristi Seat
6:14 PM on December 26, 2012 
I'm speechless Tina. Thank you so much for sharing your story. God has redeemed your situation and used it to create a divine burden for these dear children who are hurting all over the world. Praying that God will continue to bless you, your family and your ministry as you strive to change the world for Him. Blessings dear sister! ~Kristi (OBS Leadership Team)
Reply MarcieSpencer
6:15 PM on December 26, 2012 
Tina~Your Blog brought me to tears!And then Cheers! Your story is amazing!

Please tell me you know Pastor Christine Caine~she has a HEART for rescue like you! She spoke at Elevation Church last year! I am so Glad you shared.:)
Reply Mary B OBS
6:32 PM on December 26, 2012 
I am so thankful we were there to share with you Friday night! This is amazing! I will keep on praying and sharing your mission work with those I know. It is amazing what God is doing here with your faith and love for others! God bless those children you have saved and those you will be saving in the future!
Reply Donna
7:10 PM on December 26, 2012 
God is simply amazing!!!
Reply Debbie Williams
7:32 PM on December 26, 2012 
Oh Tina - I'm teary eyed. I don't think the world knows how bad this is or how young those babies are. So thankful God has placed you in this ministry and I am praying for you and another child's life to be saved quickly. Also, praying for the precious one that has been saved. Hugs to you special lady.
Reply Tina
11:02 PM on December 26, 2012 
Kristi Seat says...
I'm speechless Tina. Thank you so much for sharing your story. God has redeemed your situation and used it to create a divine burden for these dear children who are hurting all over the world. Praying that God will continue to bless you, your family and your ministry as you strive to change the world for Him. Blessings dear sister! ~Kristi (OBS Leadership Team)
Reply Catherine S
7:07 AM on December 27, 2012 
Tina,
This just blows my mind. We know in reality this is happening but it always just seems so far removed from most of our lives. I am so blessed that God could use such a horrible thing to bless you and so many others and bring them to Him. Keep up the great work and let us know how we can be of help.

Blessings,
Catherine
Reply Lynda Parker
2:01 PM on January 3, 2013 
Wow, I am simply amazed, and crying from your post! An absolutely beautiful and amazing ministry and to see how He is working when you allow Him to work in you! I really am filled with AWE! I also thought of Christine Caine. Wow! God Bless You and your ministry Tina!
Reply Kelley V
1:20 PM on January 5, 2013 
Wow, Tina! Thanks so much for sharing. The statistics are so frightening, I had NO idea! God bless you for what you are doing - you and your ministry are in my prayers!

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