I grew up in a Christian home and learned to love God early. I was saved at 4 years old and sanctified and baptized at 8. I did recommit my life as a teen when I was searching for a career. I wanted a family and children but God had other plans for me for a while. I ended up moving away from home for 11 years where I served in children’s ministry in several churches and God kept showing me He was all I needed. Once I learned that and accepted whatever God had in His plans for me I met my husband and his daughter and now we have been married for 9 years and have two more beautiful daughters Abbie 4 and Autumn 2 ½. We live in Dunkirk and I am the children’s pastor of Dunkirk Nazarene church.
I have always loved being around children and started teaching Sunday school, 2’s and 3’s class, at 13 years old. 28 years later 4 are pastors or youth pastors and 2 are singing on praise teams and I now see my meager efforts and dedication has paid off. Some days I feel like I am not making a difference and then when God reminds me of these examples I know I am in the right place. In March of 2014 God called me to step up to the next level and become a children’s pastor. At first I thought are you crazy but God said no I want you to take that next step. So I researched it and God provided my tuition and books and I am now more than half way through classes. I love it but the more I learn the more I realize I don’t know but it has taken me deeper with God and I am growing better than ever.
I recently saw the movie “War Room” and God convicted me of my prayer life and told me to stop complaining about politics and people around me and start praying for them. I now have a war room in my laundry room and my prayer and devotion life have changed dramatically. Still not perfect but practice makes PROGRESS as my mentor told me. I am now mentoring others and I love it. I love the Lord and my desire is to be all He wants me to be. My sisterly advice is to be in the Word and prayer daily and take everything to God no matter how big, little or silly it seems. Prayer changes things.
By Gloria Hamilton, Dunkirk Church of the Nazarene