Ask Lina AbuJamra what her “ministry thing” is, and the answer she gives you will include a word none of us enjoy hearing: pain. From growing up in Beirut, Lebanon, to processing the loss of dreams, relationships, and career, pain seems to be the soundtrack of her life. But Lina will tell you that the truth she continues to cling to every day is always louder than the pain. Because of God’s faithfulness, he’ll always create something beautiful out of the chaos.

In the middle of our suffering, it seems like nothing good will ever come out of it. But that’s not the end of our stories. In this episode, hear Lina’s journey of seeking God’s faithfulness and her gratitude for the healing that comes after pain.

Guest Bio

Lina AbuJamra is a pediatric ER doctor who now practices telemedicine. In her “spare” time, she enjoys attending her nephews’ football games, traveling, and lingering over a fine meal.

As a podcaster, conference speaker, and a popular Bible teacher, she founded Living with Power Ministries to provide medical care and humanitarian help to Syrian refugees and others in disaster areas. She also hosts a radio show and is the author of several books.

Notes & Quotes

• “When a person’s life is radically changed by Jesus, you cannot stay the same.”

• “I thought I knew what it means to be a Christian. I thought I knew what God wanted for my life. And that was the beginning of what has been a life that is above and beyond what I could have asked or thought. But that in it, I thought was at seasons, the worst thing that could be happening for me.”

• “So I look back and I think, yeah, we were all abused in that system. But I think the biggest gift that comes out of leaving those places as hard and mucky and chaotic as it is, is that God then finally gets you to a place where He shows Himself to you afresh.”

• “We have confused what comfort is, what success is, what faithfulness is, all these concepts, and it has been harder for us to decipher the goodness of God in the American church than it is in an Assyrian refugee camp.”

• “If we want to see the goodness of God and experience survival, we’re going to have to be willing to suffer a lot more than we are right now.”

Links Mentioned

• Learn more about Lina’s Ministry Living With Power

• Listen to Lina’s podcast, The Hope Podcast, on your preferred streaming platform.

• Hear more of Lina’s story in the Unshakable Moxie video series, created by Our Daily Bread Ministries.

• Invite your friends, family, or church group to go through Lina’s newest Bible study, Unshakable Moxie, provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.

• Follow Lina on Instagram

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Verses Mentioned

  • 2 Samuel 11
  • Psalm 22
  • 1 Timothy 6:3-5