God comes alongside us when we go through hard times…
I grew up on a farm in the Western Cape. After school I did my nursing training at Groote Schuur Hospital. I loved nursing and caring for others. Then I ventured out to Port Elizabeth to study Midwifery. Port Elizabeth is a spiritual marker for me as it was where I first felt the tug to go into full time service for the Lord; and it was also in the church there that I met my husband to be. James and I got married and we joined Trans World Radio (TWR). That was in 1982 and we are still serving with TWR all these years later! Recently we relocated back to Port Elizabeth with TWR and continue serving the Lord.
My love for the Lord and for missions and even for women began shortly after I became a Christian in 1974. I enjoy getting together with other women to pray, study the Bible and do Women’s Ministry and I have done many aspects of that, first learning and observing and then over the years as the Lord developed me, leading.
The journey of life for me was straight forward and easy going with not too many bumps in the road. That was, until our youngest son was killed in a cycling accident in 2005. He was 18 years old and had just finished writing his Matric exams. Never having experienced any loss of family or close friends before, this was a very difficult season to go through. But through it all, the Lord never left me. I learnt what it means to cast all my anxiety on the Lord, for He cares for me (1 Peter 5:7). And He restored my brokenness so that today I can help others going through loss. Attending a 14-week GriefShare course was a great help to me and James (www.griefshare.org). It’s so encouraging to see how the Lord uses this tool to help and heal those who are going through grief as the result of losing a loved one to death. We have offered this ministry to many others over the years. I believe that the Lord will continue to use us and, in this season, more than ever, as so many are losing loved ones due to Covid-19.
“He (God) comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times so that we can be there for that person just as God was there for us. We have plenty of hard times that come from following the Messiah, but no more so than the good times of his healing comfort—we get a full measure of that, too.” 2 Corinthians 1: 4 MSG.
Lyn Burnett - Eastern Cape TWR Women of Hope Coordinator