Every once in a while the Lord brings someone in and out of our lives. It may seem like a random encounter only for a moment in time, but it is never without purpose. Sometimes that purpose may be to reveal something to us about our own faith journey. Sometimes it may be to melt a hardened heart with compassion. Most certainly it is always for the purpose of advancing His Kingdom in some way. Below, you will find a blog post written by Felixhy Dominguez, who is such a person.
For the last six weeks Central UMC has hosted Felixhy, who has served as an intern from the Lydia Paterson Institute located just across the Mexican border in El Paso, Texas. Felixhy lives in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Someday, Felixhy hopes to have a career in church communications. She loves to be creative through photography and graphic design, and desires to show the heart of God through her work. We would like to share with you a few other things that we have learned about Felixhy.
- She is wise beyond her years.
- She is thirsty for knowledge.
- She is bold and fearless.
- Her soul is deep and her heart is wide.
And so what has the Lord taught us through this brief encounter with Felixhy? That the future looks good. There is a young generation that is being groomed by the Holy Spirit to rise up and take their place. They will be bold. They will be a blessing to those around them.
God Speed Felixhy. We wish you all God’s best as you begin college next month at Central Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri. You know what your purpose is. We can’t wait to see what the Lord does through you!
Director of Strategic Communications
What does life have in store for me? None of us can answer that question until we have experience behind us. Instead, we can look back at our home towns, and remember how life felt as we were growing up. Whether we left home for college, work, or are we were starting our lives somewhere new, most all of us have felt: joy, freedom, excitement, sadness, and nerves.
I was born in Mexico and I live in Juarez which is a border city to El Paso, Texas. Life for me involved crossing the border every day so that I could experience an education in the United States at the Lydia Patterson Institute, which is sponsored by the United Methodist Church. Now that I have graduated from high school, life as I know it is going to change completely. I am scheduled to begin attending college this fall at Central United Methodist University in Fayette, Missouri, which will be very different from my home. This period of my life involves a complete cultural change which holds a lot of uncertainty for me.
As I prepare to leave for college in the fall, I am excited for school, but I also have realized that my life as a kid is coming to an end. As I enter college, I need to become more responsible for my decisions. This won’t be easy. I will be seventeen hours away from my family, and living in a completely new environment. I’ve had a lot of uncertainty leading up to this time. Over the summer, I have been able to experience God’s love towards His children and this has helped me a great deal.
As human beings, it is natural for us to fear change. We fear the unknown. Transitioning from one phase of life into another stretches us out of our comfort zones. I’ve learned that it’s okay to have feelings of fear. Change is not only a natural process, but it is also something God has called us to do to meet His perfect plan. Imagine staying in your comfort zone every day of your life, waiting for God to use you. This is simply not going to happen. God puts us in different places so that we can experience new blessings and grow in our faith. God can use our testimonies to impact those around us.
Change is very important, and fearing change is natural. It’s good to remember that God has promised protection and peace over us, even though when we feel lonely or scared, He is already protecting us. After Moses’ death God chose Joshua to lead his people into the promise land. Joshua 1:9 says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” God protects us when we are doing what He has called us to do. There is no reason to be afraid. We need to remember that God will always walk by our side even when we fear the unknown.
Central’s Communications Intern