SERVING IN: United States, North America
Marlene was raised in Central Florida, the daughter of a 12th generation farmer and part Cherokee mother. She learned at an early age to work hard and to love God. She first met Jesus at the tender age of six sitting in an orange tree in her backyard in Sanford, Florida. This was when she first felt a call to the nations.
She is mother to four sons, three grandchildren, and many spiritual sons and daughters. Isaiah 54 is her life chapter. It was from that scripture God gave her two specific promises about her physical children. “All your children will be taught of the Lord and have great peace.”(Isaiah 54:13) and, “Your decedents will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities.” (Isaiah 54:3).
Marlene has been called to go wherever and by whatever means God leads and guides; making disciples, assisting and caring for the children He sends her way. This could be across the street or across the world. It could be to the jailhouse, or to someone’s penthouse or simply a backyard BBQ. But wherever she is, her desire is to bring hope and healing to a lost generation. She has a heart for the lost, backslidden and broken. Her desire is to love and know the Lord fully and unconditionally, growing in His grace and wisdom; becoming His perfect bride, without spot or wrinkle. God created us to be beautiful. She wants to know and become God’s treasure on this earth and to help others become God’s treasured people also.
God searches today for those who will make Him their single desire, who will say with the Psalmist and King David that, “the Lord is the portion of mine inheritance” (Psalm 16:5). They will be His special possession because, “the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure” (Psalm 135:4).
I arrived in Kitale, Kenya in September with my son Maverick, his wife Amy and their three children, Jonah, Hudson and Ava who are also Globe Missionaries. Life here is very different, and is still reeling as in the U.S. from the effects of the pandemic. I have been busy helping with the grandkids, adjusting to the climate and culture change and have also had time to have some sweet ministry moments.
During our quarantine, a friend and I have been studying Philippians via zoom. One of the main things Paul shares with the people is to rejoice in all things, regardless of your circumstances and to maintain a good attitude. I do not know about you, but at times I find this difficult.
This coming May I will be joining minister Beverly Lemoine & missionaries Glen & Denise Ellerbe in Tanzania, Africa! We have been working on developing Bible talks, music, and a special coloring/craft training booklet, to be part of the first powwow!