When I was first looking into Christianity, Chris Tomlin was the first Christian artist that really hit home for me. My roommate and good friend left a CD Hello Love out at our place and I played it bored one day. I then made a copy of it and played on loop for probably the next 2 months straight!
So here is the story of how I left The Mennonite Colony in Mexico
So I grew up in Chihuahua, Mexico. There’s so many Mennonite colonies in Mexico. and ours was called “Old Colony Mennonites” basically the oldest order since Menno Simons created the group back in the 1500’s. Anyways, growing up, we were always taught to read and write in high German in school (we speak low German) and the school was based off only reading the Bible. but we weren’t allowed to understand or know what was actually in the bible. At 15, embarrassing to say, but got pregnant. and Mennonite rules are, “cant have a baby out of wedlock” and this was with a guy I knew nothing about. so I was forced to get married at 16, and before you get married, you have to get “baptized into the colony” (again, in high German. so we had no clue what was being promised or said).
so I got baptized, married and life seemed whatever for awhile.
In 2011, when I was pregnant with my 3rd, my then husband went to work (up to a week at a time), and I went for a walk with my 2 kids. and we passed this Christian store, and I was able to read and understand some English. so I decided to see what was in it. my mind was blown, I didn’t know there were stories in there. I thought it was a rule book. and the owner sees me reading, and asks why I just don’t buy it. I had to explain I was a Mennonite wife, so no money, and wasn’t even supposed to know what was in there. So he bought it for me, sweet soul. I took it home and hid it in my mattress.
They did eventually find out I had the bible, but I had read enough to know what the Mennonites taught was wrong. Got in trouble and they took it away. That’s when I started planning my escape. took me till 2014 to actually escape. I had to convince my husband to go to Canada, because they have laws here, in Mexico they’d put me in “Mennonite rehab” for 3 months, it’s basically a torture place, I told him” were gonna have 4 kids, Canada is a better option”, it worked, we came here. Told him I wanna get a job to help support the kids, he said yes. but I told the owner at the time to keep half my paycheck so that when I leave, I had enough to help me at first. he did. then about 6 months after, I left. it was horrible, the colony men, the cops, my family, it was way too much. and me, I’m a quiet loving, forgiving person. it took so so much not to just go back. I lost everything. and was now living in an English world, barely speak English, kids didn’t speak English at all. wow. I still don’t know how I got through all that. God was there every step.
Now, 5 years later, I Got my GED, went to massage school, kids speak better English than me, doing great! And I just opened up my own little business in January. It was a tough 10 years, a long time to get where I am. But the journey, is amazing!
Hello to everyone out there going through hard times. I’m a thirty-one year old woman who would like to share some encouragement.
I do not have a fantastic story to share however. You know the kind of story I mean, the Job type of story where a person goes through a very difficult time and then God completely changes everything and then everything sounds great after that.
In a sense I’ve been waiting to have a story like that to share. Those stories are great of course and even the stories of God just brightening up a person’s day are also great.
But here I want to share something else. What I want to share is my experience of God’s never-failing help to persevere.
I’ve struggled a lot in life since I was a child, but of course who hasn’t. I gave my life to Christ when I was five and grew up in a Christian home, but still I’ve struggled. I don’t want to go into detail, but suffice to say the struggles I’ve had as a child have continued into adulthood. Over the years I’ve felt many many times that life is just too hard. Pain and suffering just never seem to end. Even today I’m still fighting those feelings. Everyone though probably struggles with them regularly to some degree.
However, no matter how many times I feel like that, and feel as if I don’t even have the strength to go on anymore, the Lord never ceases to pick me up again.
Never has He left me to survive on my own. I’ll be really upset one day, and then suddenly the next or a few days later I’m once again inexplicably full of peace and even hope for the future when I didn’t have any before.
Our Heavenly Father truly is “the God of all comfort” as Paul describes Him in 2 Corinthians 1:3-4. I know this of course first of all because of His Word, but after a number of years of living I also know it from experience.
So if you yourself are struggling right now know that the Lord is not far from you and wants to help you through it. If you are a believer just reach out and let your Savior comfort you. Sometimes I think were not willing to let Him help us through.
If you however have not yet repented of your sins, of all the wrong you’ve ever done, and chosen to believe that Jesus Christ the God man died for you on the cross for your sins and came to life again, then do so now. Your eternal salvation depends on it.
When you do you will also receive the Holy Spirit (God Himself) who will also comfort you in your suffering in life as He has for me.
I hope all who read this are encouraged.
Be comforted today.