Single & Parenting

Single & Parenting is a support group where you can find tips and parenting wisdom that will help you find rest, hope and encouragement.

WINNIE:

I am a mother of three grown children. I have two sons and one daughter. I was married twice. After the breakup of my second marriage, I was very hurt. I remember just talking to God (not praying) saying, “God help me not to be angry about this because if I can be angry, I would burst because it is too painful. Please help me to use this pain to help someone, anyone.”

I remember it was a Tuesday when I said this, and I was invited to an Alpha course on Thursday. I was attending at The Salvation Army at the time. The first night in my small group there was a lady who was looking sad and it looked like she was crying the whole time. At the end of the class, I sensed down in my spirit to go and say hi to her and introduce myself. I had never introduced myself like that to anyone in my life. I didn’t even know how you do that but on the last page of the books for the Alpha course, was a space to take other people’s phone numbers. That made it easy for me, so I went up to her, introduced myself and we exchanged phone numbers. On the Saturday, she called me. We were on the phone for at least an hour. She poured her heart out about what she was going through.

I couldn’t believe there’s people who are going through hard things like what she shared with me. I just sat there and listened. At the end of that conversation, I couldn’t even think about my pain, I started praying for this lady. I don’t think God wanted to minimize my pain, but I believe this was an answer to taking my focus off of my painful situation and also realize I was not the only one hurting. I am still thankful to God for showing me that there are people hurting all around me. My healing began from there without even knowing that, that’s what was happening. A couple years later, I sensed God speaking to me about single parents. I thought, people might think I am looking for a man, so I made all kinds of excuses and decided to switch it to single moms. God is a loving God and through all of my leading single mom’s groups He was faithful and patient with me.

In 2017, I attended a ladies leaders’ retreat and met other lady leaders from the church. I mentioned that I do need support and one of the ladies said they knew someone she could introduce me to. A few weeks later, I was connected with Jodi Bryant.

She is the one I was introduced to. We made an arrangement to meet for lunch. We met on the day as planned and while we were waiting for our order, we started talking about what my plans were. She explained her ministry to me and mentioned that there are many options we can decide on. She pulled out this pamphlet (Single & Parenting) and she didn’t even say anything, and I just couldn’t control myself, I started crying and she didn’t understand what was going on and I said to her, “I have a confession to make. God had put this ministry in my heart for so long and I think it is time for me to drop the excuses and do what I am supposed to do.” So last Spring, I facilitated a Single and Parenting group. I learned a lot and am looking forward to growing in this ministry and seeing what else God has for me in the future. I also would like to thank Vanessa for introducing me to Jodi and Jodi for everything I am learning under your leadership.

Busola O.:

I met Jodi at Elim Church when she co-ordinated Sanctuary group. I joined her ministry by the leading of the Holy Spirit. It was on a Saturday or Sunday at Elim Church and the Holy Spirit said I should go volunteer with her ministry. She welcomed me with very open arms and a warm heart. I am very comfortable, and it’s been an awesome pleasure working alongside her in RR’s Single and Parenting Support and Celebrate Recovery Support Groups. Jodi has a heart for Jesus. She is dedicated, passionate and genuinely loves people and wants to see them live the life God has purposed for them.