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March through the Valley #5: Indianapolis South Side

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Nick Holovaty:

Now we’re going to the south side of Indianapolis, where Naomi Caneff is the women’s leader.

Naomi Caneff:

Hi, Everybody. I grew up here in Servant Branch, then went to Portland to go to college. After I graduated from nursing school I moved to Indianapolis to be part of the Missionary Company. I’ve lived there now for the last three years, doing mission work of different kinds, and I made the covenant last October. I am now part of the Christians in Mission team living on the South Side.

I want to tell you about a woman who has become a part of my life there, Rebecca. I’ll start by telling you a story that I heard about her before meeting her. The missionaries were cleaning a house we recently purchased, and had invited some neighbors to come and help. Rebecca wanted to join in, but we didn’t have anybody to pick her up, so she walked over four miles in about an hour and a half. I heard this story and was just amazed.

Later we were cleaning another house and she again wanted to help, but we weren’t able to give her a ride, so she rode her eleven-year-old daughter’s bike to the house. She really wanted to join in our work with us. She was standing in front of a wall to clean, and her hands were pruny with vinegar water. She started washing the wall with a rag and saying, “I can’t believe I get to do God’s work with you guys.”

There are more stories about Rebecca that I have heard, and now I’m able to witness them myself. She is in a women’s group with us now and goes to prayer meetings every Sunday. She gives words from the Lord and enters joyfully into praise with us. She is just full of love for him, even though her life has not been an easy road. She often tells us, “You guys are my family.”

A few years ago, Rebecca made some significant changes in her life and said that now all she wants is to “keep following God and doing what he’s doing in the world.” She is also a faithful friend to God in prayer. We often get texts from her on our phone or voice mails, sharing what she read that day in prayer. “Good morning! Read Isaiah 60.”

Rebecca is consistently looking for ways to share more life with us. She once told me that she had been praying and God told her to “come under the People of Praise.” “I want to live my life with you guys,” she says.

In recent news, we have been in conversation with Rebecca about her and her daughter possibly living on Karcher Street, which is essentially next door. As Rebecca often tells me, “God is wonderful.”

Responses

  1. Carmen Fraga says:

    Glory to God, Naomi! We're so thrilled to get to know Rebecca and all God is doing with her there. Our God is on the move for sure! Much love, Carmen

  2. Lori Zimmerman says:

    I appreciate the time and effort you all took to send the email.
    God Bless
    Lori

  3. Linda Coney says:

    Thanks you, Naomi. God surely is wonderful!
    Love,
    Linda

  4. Jocelyn D'Eon says:

    Thanks Naomi. Sharings like this give us all a lift. I hope to meet Rebecca one day. Jocelyn

  5. bruce brand says:

    Our missionaries are doing just what the Apostles were doing in Acts, and they are seeing similar results. The kingdom is in our midst, and we are a part of bringing it. People of Praise is a flame anchor, a wick for the Holy Spirit to burn on. And like the burning bush of Exodus, though we burn, we are not consumed.

  6. Mike Zengel says:

    What a wonderful testimony to how God is working in Indianapolis through your faithfulness to him.
    Keep up the good wrok!
    Mike

  7. John Boughton says:

    What a joy to see how God has his friends meet his other friends. Thanks for being so open to Rebecca.

  8. Fred Smith says:

    Naomi & All-in-Mission, Our hearts will teach our tongues much about gratitude in such stories as this ! It was marvelous last Fall in SB to hear so many missionaries 'accepting'our covenant. Glory!

  9. Bruce Wansart says:

    Rebecca, sounds like a very, patient women.I am glad she was able to connect, and to convey her need and to be helpful.

    Naomi,Thanks for hanging in there as a missonary. It looks like a lenghthy calling for you.Your expression of your work shows great joy!

  10. Chris Ubanski says:

    Naomi,
    It is so good to hear a "first hand" inspiring story of wha tthe Lord is doing. God bless you for your life in the "missionary territory."
    Chris Urbanski

  11. Susan Busk says:

    Thanks to all of you for helping us to see the vision. When we leave Indy and drive home on Sunday nights after the South Side Meetings we spend the first part of the trip to South Bend just talking about what ya'll and the Lord are accomplishing and how much more work there is to do. Keep up the good work! God bless you and love, sue

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