By Starrla Cray
DELANO, WRIGHT COUNTY, MN With a son battling a potentially fatal disease, and a daughter facing major depression and suicidal thoughts, one might say Linda Reinert had reason to be afraid.
But, as she walked through the difficult journey, she felt God reveal Himself to her, showing her how to trust in Him.
Reinert, who serves as a speech and language pathologist in the Delano, Rockford, and Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school districts, will share her story at the WestPointe Church spring brunch Saturday, May 18 at 10 a.m.
“Previously, this event has been focused on our own church body, but this year, we believed that God was moving in our hearts to widen our direction to include other women in our community, as well,” organizer Pat Motzko noted in a letter to area churches.
All women and teenaged girls are encouraged to attend. The WestPointe youth group will serve the brunch, and will also provide musical entertainment.
Tickets are $10 each, and are available in advance at WestPointe Church, 9090 Highway 12 in Delano. Part of the proceeds will help fund the youth group’s summer mission trip to Panama.
The theme of the spring brunch is “how to really trust God in all things.”
“My story is about hope and encouragement for those who find themselves either in a storm of life, or watching a loved one in a storm, feeling helpless to help,” Reinert noted. “Through my experiences of watching my children going through adversity, I learned God is trustworthy and faithful to provide for our every need.
“I came to know firsthand that His grace really is sufficient, as Jesus claims in Scripture (2 Corinthians 12:9).
“I believe God will speak through my story to help others with theirs.”
Some may remember hearing about Reinert’s son, Eric, on Minnesota TV news stations last year, after he contracted “rat lungworm” disease while studying organic farming in Hawaii.
The extremely rare illness, which is caused by a microscopic parasite, began with stomach cramps and weak muscles. Eric then became bedridden, and was hospitalized for more than a month.
“God is now calling Linda to share her story, and we know you will be strengthened in hearing it told,” Motzko noted. “You will be moved at the depth of her devastating story, but more amazed at the miraculous journey.”
For more information about the spring brunch, contact Motzko at (952) 955-3244, or Carol Lundquist at (763) 670-5114.
To arrange for Reinert to speak at an event in the future, contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (651) 347-8446.