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You might know her as the baby whisperer or as the joyous face that receives your children during Tuesday morning Mama's Group. This is where I first met Connie. So it was no surprise to me when Connie expressed how much she loves children. This was one of the first things she told me during our interview of "Faces in The Well". I asked Connie the same three questions as I did Peggy. 1) How did you arrive at The Well? 2) What is one thing most people do not know about you? 3) What does a typical day look like for you?
As Connie courageously entrusted us with her story, I thought of the passage from 1 Kings 19:3-8:
Elijah was afraid and ran for his life…. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. The angel of the Lord came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
"About 7 years ago, I had a serious breakup with someone I loved very much.... I kinda went to a dark side. I felt like I was drowning. I felt like I may not get up from it or get over it. It continually got worse for me. And God came to me and said if I would get myself to Church...that it would be okay." And though Connie had no car, she was determined to obey the Lord. She took two buses to attend a mega-church that she heard of through word of mouth. Not finding the community she longed for, Connie remained faithful in her search. She decided to try out a church in her own local neighborhood and found the home she was looking for.
“Something people might not know about me is that I was homeless. I lived in my car for about 6 months in a storage yard. Things are very dismal when you're homeless, so I know what that feels like. It’s hard to look good when you live out of a car...it’s hard to get gas money to go to a job interview. And things just kinda fall out from there.
She, like Elijah, found her journey too much for her and God provided the bread she needed through Wellspring. Wellspring Church became her “Horeb” in a sense. God met her there through the love she experienced in church, the care she received from The Well and her own gifts she was able to give to others. In the past 5 years, she has remained faithful to God’s command and has barely missed a Sunday.
Now Connie’s day is full of caring for others. At home, she cares for her three cats. At work, she cares for two little ones as their nanny. During her free time, Connie gardens and walks with the Lord. Are you finding your journey to be too much? Is there a way for you, like Connie, to reach out to your Wellspring brothers and sisters, to “eat and drink” His bread and be strengthened?
Hope to see you in The Well!
Much love, prayers, and blessings to you all, Whitney Milton