Ashli Moon is one of several staff members at the Urban Hope Training Center. Here’s a story of how God is using her to reach people in the neighborhood for Christ.
Fran (89 years old and the grandmother of my prior boss) and I continue to spend time together almost every Friday. I pick her up, we go to our prayer meeting here at Urban Hope, we stop at her favorite diner, and perhaps the bank, Rite Aid, or Acme.
Today she declared to our group, “I’ve always believed in Jesus, but it’s different now…I don’t have words, but I know it’s really different.”
She often says, “Ashli, I don’t know why we didn’t talk earlier. I knew you for 10 years, but…” and “why couldn’t have I believed like I do now, before? why’d I wait till I was 88 years old?”
Could somebody you know be waiting to really know Jesus?
Last week she said, “Ashli, I’m so glad I know you and your friends at church, You’re my savior.” I quickly said, “No, I can’t be your Savior, only Jesus can.” she smiled and said, “I know. So then I’ll call you my Savior’s helper.” I smiled and said, “I guess that works.”
God doesn’t need our help, but He likes to invite us into His work. He finds pleasure in using us for His glory, our good, and the good of others. Can you be the “Savior’s helper” to someone?
Today Fran said, “I would have never thought that I’d talk to my family about the things I’m learning, because I was afraid they would say, ‘who does she think that she is?’ but my grand-daughter asked me to pray for her. and my niece… I am talking to them about what I’m learning. I never thought this would happen.”
She also said, “You would never know how much is in the Bible that we never thought was there, we can never know it all.”
Fran mentioned a friend’s death and said, “That gang is gone, and my other gang with my sister is gone too.” and with sudden excitement, “Ashli, I have a new gang! your gang is my gang.” I playfully said, “Fran, we’re not a gang.” She replied, “Yes we are Ashli, we’re a gang.”
FYI, I’m not promoting “gang” relations. That’s the 89-year-old woman doing that. 🙂
Thanks for being a vital part of our gang, and for being “a helper of our Savior,” through your prayers, encouragement, and support.