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Happy Mother’s Day

May 13, 2012 by  
Filed under Daily Manna, Monthly Articles

Today is Mother’s Day. It is supposed to be a wonderful day to celebrate our moms or being one…but this very special day can also be very bitter…or bittersweet.

I remember my first Mother’s Day after our daughter Amy had died. It was horrible. We had only been back in the states for three months. I don’t guess I remembered how big it had become. We had lived out of the states for about eleven years. So when I went to Church that morning I wasn’t prepared for it… I didn’t go to Church the next year on Mother’s Day. It would be three years before our daughter Elisabeth was born…and I would take her.

I think I had just begun to enjoy the celebration when my mom died. Mother’s Day was again a painful reminder of what I had lost…

I am not sure when, but at some point the Lord began to heal the broken hurts and mend…

Today I am so grateful for a mother whose life and discipline brought me to my faith in Christ…She is now with HIM and I am the mom and grandmother who has that responsibility to show our daughter how to know the Lord, to live for HIM, to love HIM and care for her family…and I can share my love for Jesus with our granddaughter…so that when the Lord calls me home…(in the future♥) she will know HIM too. So I celebrate this Mother’s Day…my cup is full and running over…because of God’s goodness and mercy shown to me.

I pray that in whatever way this day finds you, you can find goodness and peace. In that whether our moms are here or absent, they would be blessed…knowing that we go on with life…and our loving memories of them.


Linda Kropp got saved at 14.  ” I always say that I didn’t get into a lot of trouble…because my mom wouldn’t let me!”  Linda was a was a missionary from 1973-1985 in the States, Europe and Asia, 9 of those in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Her husband was in the same mission, “Christ is the Answer” and they were married in Sri Lanka in 1980.

They have one daughter, Elisabeth, a son-in-law and a 4 yr. old granddaughter and another granddaughter due in July.  They attend College Avenue Baptist Church in Bloomington where they both are Sunday School teachers.  In September of 2009, Linda was praying about a way to help missions and she felt the Lord put on her heart to open a thrift store in Clinton, IL and give 100 % of the profits to missions, crisis pregnancy centers and food pantries. So she did.  They also have a weekly Bible study; a mentoring program for home schooled and public school students. We work with DOVE (a domestic violence program), the IDHS in Lincoln, and the Red Cross Disaster Relief.  They also have had numerous people commit their lives to Christ since they opened. It has become a ministry…and that is just the ones who have gotten saved. Many people come in daily with prayer needs and they pray for them.

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