Rachel first understood the nature of God’s providence when she was on a mission trip in Florida a few years ago.
“The church van broke down along a highway and the engine needed water. God put us in the right place; we were right beside a stream,” she recalls. “It seemed God would always place something right there for us when we needed it.”
A Family Torn Apart
Learning to trust in God has made it possible for Rachel to thrive despite some heart-breaking challenges. When she was just 7, her grandmother had to take custody of Rachel and her siblings due to a family crisis. Rachel’s grandmother made sure the children went to church and knew the Bible.
“But last year my grandmother got sick and passed away,’ Rachel notes with a bit of sadness but a great deal of maturity. “My twin sister went to live with our uncle and aunt, my brother went with a pastor and his wife, and I came here to Bethel. There was no one who could take all of us.”
Living Out the Gospel
“At first when I came to Bethel, it was hard to adjust. I had to have patience and not be self-centered. I thought, what did I get into?” Rachel says with a smile. “Now I have new friends. This is a close family here. No matter what you are going through, no one is ever alone. The House Parents keep on us but they also talk and take time with us and love us.”
Rachel’s favorite time in the cottage this winter has been studying the Book of Romans, including the “Roman Road,” which maps out verses to use to lead someone to salvation. We also see her living out Romans 5:3-4 in sweet faith:
“… we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope.” (NKJV)
Rachel and a friend in Williams Cottage share their sweet version of Amazing Grace
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