“You planned something bad for me, but God produced something good from it…”
Last weekend we looked at the story of Joseph from Genesis chapter 37-50. And we celebrated that our God works in and through the suffering and troubles of our lives.
I shared with you that I know this promise from personal experience. Allison and I have lived through suffering and deep pain. However, over the last three years, we have witnessed God’s resurrection—His power to bring something new to life out of the brokenness and loss of our daughter Mercy Elizabeth.
In 2011, I had no clue what God was going to do through our pain and suffering. I just wanted to survive. I had no clue that Mercy’s short life would have the impact that it's had, and that her story and our story would have a profound impact on others.
On Saturday morning, September 27, 2014, Allison and I, with 100+ volunteers and 300 runners from all over the world, will be running to celebrate God’s Mercy.
Charlie Alsmiller, Faith UMC member, and co-workers in the Philippines running for Mercy
The 2nd Annual Mercy Run will not only raise awareness of infant loss, but also raise money to provide resources for families and siblings who are in the midst of suffering from the death of a baby brother or sister.
This all got started because three years ago, Allison and I were facing something no parent ever wants: the reality that our daughter was not going to live. In the pain and the suffering, we shared our story. We shared our struggles with where God was in the midst. We shared our story and look at what God has done.
What is your story?
How has Jesus changed your life and the world you live in?
I believe everyone has a story to tell, and I invite you to join us in October as we look at the power of telling our stories and how we can make a difference in our world. You will not want to miss this new series.