Bringing out the love
I first starting coming to LEFSA’s women’s group in 2002 when a community member recommended me to the ministry. There I was introduced to Sr. Dorothy, who instantly made me feel really loved.
During the group everybody was talking about God, so I asked who God was and whether He was a person. Sr. Dorothy told me that God is love.
I started coming to the group on a regular basis, and soon I also joined the community during Leadership Study Days. At that time I had just moved into a new apartment after being homeless for three years.
I didn’t have any friends or support and felt disoriented, but through LEFSA I made good friends with other community members. I really blossomed during that time; LEFSA helped to bring out the love and all the other feelings I had in me.
Then Sr. Dorothy recommended me to the EOP (Educational Outreach Program), where during the 12 weeks of classes I achieved some of my goals.
I continued to learn more about spirituality and stayed connected to LEFSA through the Women’s Group. My relationship with God has been reaffirmed, and since 2006 I have been going to a formal church.
I also got to go on my first retreat, where I experienced God through nature. It really transformed me. I saw how God speaks through people, nature, music, and many other experiences.
I look forward to coming every month to LEFSA gatherings. I’ve met so many friends, and continue to experience love whenever I go there.