Being Grateful in Everything

New Year's Eve

New Year's Eve

Written by Yanelis Lopez, Ministry Director

I always like to write and share about what I experience in the Latino Church at Mission Adelante. I am deeply proud of this beautiful community that I see growing and strengthening over time. This New Year’s Eve we had a very fun time as a family celebrating the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018. We had a lot of dancing, karaoke, jokes, games, laughter, and delicious food.

The Latino church has been blessed in many ways this past year. We have seen lives healed, relationships restored, and people growing in their love for the Lord as never before. However, at the same time it has been a year of challenges and pain for some of us with many insecurities regarding the future, hard circumstances, broken families, and broken dreams. In the middle of the good and the chaos, it has been astounding to see the desire for celebration, even in the hearts of those who have gone through the hardest moments. Every person in our Latino community is full of gratitude and joy. Walking together truly fills me with hope and reminds me that in each cycle, the most important thing is to enjoy the work of our God in all the good that happens to us, but even more in what seems out of control.

My prayer is that in 2018 my eyes will be open to miracles in the midst of laughter and in the midst of pain. May each person in our community and each volunteer finish 2018 with the same words of the brothers and sisters of our Latino church this year-end: "I want to thank God for all the good and bad that happened in 2017.”

"... give thanks to God in every situation, for this is his will for you in Christ Jesus"
1 Thessalonians 5:18





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