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Audra Norman

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Audra Norman
You keep ministry momentum moving when you support the ministry of our stateside missionaries: our Lifeline staff who dedicate their lives 24/7 to restoring hope around the world. Your prayers and donations enable our staff to be your hands and feet, as God's love is shared through Lifeline's ministry communities!

Audra shares:

My experience with Lifeline Christian Mission began in 2001 when my husband and I ventured on our first international mission trip to Haiti for our one year anniversary. That trip turned our world upside down! We met a malnourished 5 year old boy named Rony, whom we decided to sponsor and, 19 years later, he is still in our lives. In 2017, we traveled to Haiti with our children; they met Rony and Jephte for the first time, and we baptized Rony and our daughter Avery in the ocean on the same day! We are honored to have had the opportunity to build relationships that have allowed us to point people to life in Christ!

Audra in Haiti

A little about me and my family: My husband and I have served in church ministry our entire married lives (20 years) and we love it. We love people, we love building relationships, we love getting folks connected to the church and opening their eyes to how they can use their giftedness to serve others. We don't have to serve; we GET to serve. And we feel honored to do so after all that God has done for us. 

God called me to Lifeline, after 15 years of volunteering and advocating for the ministry, specifically while attending the Sight and Sound musical, Jonah. Just as Jonah did not want to go to Ninevah, we did not want to come to Ohio (we preferred somewhere warmer!). But God showed me through that performance that He had a purpose and a plan for me at Lifeline. I did not know all that it would entail, but I hope that I am being used in a way that is honoring to Him, helping the ministry grow and connecting people to Lifeline's story. My prayer is that I can be used to spark lives on mission for God!

God has revealed to me that my contribution is helping our field staff do ministry better. I may not be serving internationally myself, but I am a missionary because we are all working together to get the gospel across the globe. Your support is making a difference, as we all work together to enhance the Kingdom of God. Thank you!

Fun Stuff:

I love my crazy family...we are way too busy and involved, but we do it together.  We love to serve others.  We love to make our home a place for ministry.  Our kids love sports (they take after their dad) and we attend lots of practices/games, but it's time together. 

I love spending time with friends over a great cup of coffee. 
I love being crafty/upcycling projects and bringing unsuspected joy to people's lives. 
I laugh loud, cry hard, and hurt deeply.  I believe the best in things.
I can be boldly honest in love...the older I get, the more I feel there's no time to waste...speak life!
I cry when I pray.   
I have a hard time remembering things about myself, which is why this is so challenging for me and I have to ask others to help remind me of things. 
I can whistle really loud which comes in handy in large, rowdy groups! 
I love to speak in front of large crowds. 
I love to sing on the worship team at church. 
I love to serve and lead women to a deeper walk with Christ.
I say funny things when I'm shocked or surprised like "holy buckets!" or "for the love of Pete Sampras!" (no one even remembers Pete Sampras).
I come from a large, Italian family where everyone yells at everyone to be heard, but we don't consider it yelling.  (To everyone's yelling!)
I didn't learn how to pump my gas until I was in college (New Jersey has people for that!)
When I'm telling a story or am upset about something my Jersey accent comes out. 
My jewelry game is always on point! 
I love thrift shopping and garage saling!  My retirement plan is to own and operate a thrift store church!
I like to make friends on airplanes!  I never meet a stranger.
I played collegiate tennis for Geneva College and coached women's tennis at Malone University.
Ask me about the practical jokes my husband plays on endless eye-rolling doesn't get old to him!