Thoughts from Lora
Testamony to God"
"When I was three or four years old, my mom asked me, do you want to ask God into your heart? I said, yes, so she said let's pray (I didn't really know how to pray), she said reapeat after me, so I did, I thought it was neat that I knew a prayer, so all that week I said the prayer, every day. From then on I had Jesus in my heart."
the Christian college she chose, MVNC
"My decision in choosing MVNC was a decision sought through many hours of prayer. From the time I arrived in Mount Vernon, Ohio to the time I left two days later, I felt at peace and at home. The atmosphere of the campus and the warmth of the MVNC staff truly impressed me. I didn't feel as though I was just another applicant, but I felt as though I was someone they cared about..My future goals include being an elementary education teacher and going into some area of music ministry. I feel MVNC will help shape my future as I prepare to accomplish God's will for my life. I feel getting a Christian education is crucial in keeping yourself grounded in the Word, which is why I chose MVNC."
becoming a teacher
"From early childhood I have dreamt of teaching young children the basics of education. At the age of 12 I began teaching a 3-year old how to say her alphabet and a 6-year old the fundamentals of reading and writing. This proved to be very helpful, especially for the 3-year old when she was interviewed for Head Start. I found great joy in seeing how helpful I was to young children. I think the feeling of success from this experience set my determination to become an elementary school teacher. In grades 6 through 8, while I was attending a Christian middle school, I was a teacher's aide in my spare time. I did various things, such as laminating, setting up bulletin board displays, correcting papers, helping other children with reading setbacks, and many other activities that allowed me to see what it was like to be a teacher. I was very honored when, in 8th grade, I was asked to be the substitute teacher for the kindergarten class. This experience increased my desire to become an elementary school teacher. The college I have chosen to help me reach my goal is Mount Vernon Nazarene College in Mount Vernon, Ohio..."
From her e-mail
February 14, 1999
February 25, 1999
February 27, 1999
God's workings in her life
"Hey you, I just got back from a revival service. It was so awesome. It was nothing "SUPERNATURAL" that happened...just God opened my eyes and I'm so thankful. There's this Bible study [in the dorm] that was going on tonight and I guess God just totally moved, and they normally get done at curfew (midnight) but they were still going at 1:30 when I got there and I just got back two minutes ago...some people are still there...it's almost 3:30...well, I'm just so happy. I realize how much God has provided for me...On weekends sometimes I'm so miserable because I'm not hanging out w/anyone and I'm just alone, but I LOVE IT. I love to be by myself because I never feel alone. I always feel like God's w/me constantly. I've gotten really discouraged and every time before the day is over God either brings a friend to cross my path and encourage me or else He shows me something that I can't help but want to cry tears of joy out of thankfulness and then my discouragement seems so small that it's nothing...All through highschool I've had pastors [referring to Pastor Doug and Pastor Bruce] tell me how 'God is w/me always, I feel Him w/me when I'm shopping or driving down the road' I was like, that's great and all but SERIOUSLY is he REALLY w/you ALL the time. I just thought they were just telling one of those "pastor stories" that everyone says to encourage us as Christians to strive for that. But the other day I was driving in my car and I felt completely as if God was w/me. My car just felt full of his presence and my heart was overjoyed, I thought I was going to burst. I started laughing cause I realized that what I had mocked for so long was happening to me... I had an awesome time tonight. Just being w/other Christians on this campus, I loved it. I can't wait for this weekend to come when I can just sing my heart out. 2 of the 4 concerts I'll have my solo in...Don't worry about next year too much mom, God's already taken care of it. Whether it's what we want or what He wants. :o)