Valentina Testimony

This is my fifth month as an intern and thank God that I have made it this far! Working with the kids is amazing; I watch them grow in the things of God. For my first time as an intern I felt really stretched out in the past two weeks, but I thank God because at the end I didn’t really feel like I was so tired. During these last two weeks I learned flexibility. In my heart I was stressed out with how I was going to handle the schedule that was given to me. I have been here for three years and have never missed a camp meeting or ministers conference. When I saw my schedule and it showed I was supposed to serve every morning, my heart dropped.  I started thinking on it and before I realized it, sadness began to creep into my heart.  The Lord directed me to Psalm 100. As I was reading it, the words “serve the lord with gladness” came to me as a light bulb that has been turned on. I just felt all the burden and stress lift off me and I was so happy serving.  The Lord was also dealing with me to keep my eyes on Jesus and to get me out of what I always like to do or the way I like things to be. I was to be flexible and go with the flow of the river, am so thankful that I allowed God to use me during the camp meeting and the week after that. It was amazing! Thank you Lord for every opportunity given me to serve at the River.


Sandra Testimony

What did I learn during Ministers and Leaders Conference 2012? On the funny side, 80’s Christian music could be relevant again, serving is worth it but we also need to relax, faithfulness pays off :-). Don’t let my smile fool you; there is a lot of pain and family turmoil inside of me.  I honestly don’t feel worthy of this high level of leadership, thank you God and The River at Tampa Bay church!!! Things are still out of sorts in my personal life, but all I know is that God loves me and the plan that He has for my life will come to pass according to HEBREWS 11:1.