By: Carissa Lovvorn
Divine connections occur when God leads us to people that positively alter our lives. Each year television stations, evangelists, nonprofits, podcasters, publishing companies, and authors gather together at the National Religious Broadcasting Convention to raise ministry awareness. Over the summer, I had the privilege of attending this convention with the Christian Indie Publishing Association. There were thousands of people in attendance. As a shy girl from a small town, I was a little overwhelmed at the thought of introducing myself to so many people while explaining to them my ministry goals. However, I pushed through my insecurities and started to meet people.
One of the first booths that I visited was that of the nonprofit Operation Care International (OCI). This Dallas, TX, based ministry hosts multiple events in the Dallas area and organizes international outreach missions to help homeless and destitute children around the world. While I spoke with the (OCI) board chairman, I realized how much their mission aligned with the principles found in my third book, Stitches for Kindness. I was more than happy to give him a signed copy. He then asked if I could volunteer for their Christmas Gift event and Evangelistic Celebration on Saturday December 16. I politely had to decline. I was expecting our third child and due to have the baby that week. Nevertheless, I got his card and promised to keep in touch.
Sadly, at my next doctor’s appointment, I learned that I had lost the baby. I was devastated and spent the following months in a state of depression. One afternoon as I was cleaning the house, I came across the chairman’s business card. Something urged me to call and see if they still could use some help.
The week of December 16, my family and I will make the 10-hour drive to Dallas. During the ONEDAY Movement we will participate in ministering and washing the feet of thousands of impoverished children. Each child will receive a new pair of shoes along with various other presents. I will host hourly book readings, teach my song, “God’s Faithful Servant,” and give a book to those in attendance. Later that evening, my family and I will attend the internationally televised evangelistic event that will feature Nick Vujicic, Nicky Cruz, and Dr. Tony Evans.
The next few weeks will look much different than I had originally planned, but I am very thankful for the divine connection that God placed in my life. Although it will still be a sad time for my family, this opportunity provides us with a way to honor our heavenly child while serving others. Be open to divine connections in your own life. These blessings may come when you least expect them and when you need them the most. I leave you with the verse that I have rested upon since May. “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” Deuteronomy 31:8