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But whatever were gains to me I now consider lossfor the sake of Christ.What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. – Philippians 3:3-11
God is bringing miracles to the University of Connecticut women’s basketball team in Storrs, Connecticut.
This story begins in June 2016, when Azurá Stevens (pictured at right) decided to transfer from Duke University to the University of Connecticut after her sophomore year to further her collegiate basketball career and to renew her relationship with God. She became a disciple of Jesus in high school and was a faithful member of the Triangle Church of Christ in Raleigh, North Carolina for years. However, at the time Azurá was struggling in her righteousness and needed to relocate. At Duke she was an All-ACC First Team NCAA basketball player.
My name is Lauren Carr and I’m a disciple in the Chicago Church of Christ, West Suburb Ministry. I want to share how God has used tragedy to bring about hope and healing.
As I write these words, I’m still feeling a little shaky. The police just left our house not too long ago. Wait…what? Well, let me back up a little and tell you the whole story.
It has been just a little more than three hours since my husband, Darren, and I arrived home from Denver after a truly heart-inspiring time at the All Generations Family Conference this weekend. But in the three short hours we’ve been home, I have seen more clearly than ever the need for each disciple to give our prayers, our hearts, and our energy to impacting the next generation for God.
The Bible paints an incredible picture for us of the joys that await us in heaven, but even as disciples, we often age with a growing apprehension about what our passing will be like. Not so with Dorothy Cain Ross-Willstein, who had a very Biblical understanding of what awaited her at her passing.
Recently, I had the unique opportunity to walk a few blocks through downtown Dallas with Roger Lamb. We had met several times over the years but never really had the chance to get to know each other. As we walked he asked me about my family, to which I replied, "That's a long story." Normally when you hear someone make that statement what follows isn't always pleasant, but in our case this could not be further from the truth. Ours is a story of incredible faith, persecution, perseverance and transformation that spans over a period of 30 years and counting.
"Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” – Ephesians 4:31-32
October 18, 2016 represented two years of waiting. Two years spent in and out of hospitals, months of physical and occupational therapy, six procedures to date (one spinal, one vascular and four abdominal surgeries) and a seventh, another back surgery, scheduled for November after my honeymoon.