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About Christina

Blessings to all that are viewing this. My name is Christina Cruz-Mendez. I am a Pastor at Mission United International Church in Yonkers, NY working along side my husband Juan A. Mendez Jr. Senior Pastor. We have been together for 27 years with 2 children that God has blessed us with. Makes us the family of four - "JusChrist4". I have been a Christian and active in ministry for about 19 years now. Through all the rocky and smooth roads in life I am eternally grateful that God has brought me this far in life to share with the world what He is doing in me, through me and for me.

Survivors

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Spiritually Speaking: SURVIVORS 

I wish that I could tell you that it was going to be easy. That your process of survival, renewal and healing would happen overnight or that it would be in a blink! But that is not the case. It is not easy to bounce back from a place that has caused severe wounds such as breaking ungodly soul ties, overcoming a divorce, unemployment, experiencing lack, the loss of a loved one in any capacity, overcoming sickness and abandonment, betrayal, addiction, depression, co-dependencies, or any other experiences that have taken up deep places in your soul.

Unfortunately, the process of healing is actually long, stressful and sometimes very painful. I could tell you what everyone needs to hear, that you will experience a rebirth and a point of peace that you never thought would be possible.

You have survived. You are not alone. There are people to help, those assigned to you as leaders, mentors & supporters. This can primarily be found within a body of believers in what we call “Church”.  In Church we have an opportunity to fellowship and connect with others especially through the darkest times –we never want to put ourselves in a position where we isolate.  That alone can set us up for failure if we are always running away in silos.

Today we find ourselves living through the most adverse times in our world especially now in the state of a global pandemic! We have to connect!!!

The roles the church would always be a means in helping us as women in dangerous times like this.  There will be members that pray first and with you. They can provide comfort, an ear and words of encouragement along the way. They can also step in and guide you should there ever be a serious threat in any capacity.  God is always with you, but He will point you in the right direction of others to assist.

Where there is no counsel, the people fall;
But in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Proverbs 11:14

Through God, certainly you will overcome. It just takes a whole lot of trust and surrender. It takes disciplined time and a pace that will get you to a steady journey on your way to health and wholeness.  The church can be such a means for us to learn and practice this. It takes being a part of a body of believers –even if it means we are doing it remotely.

We also have to submit to a regular lifestyle of prayer, fasting, study of the word, worship, healthy relationships, counseling, listening to godly and spirit filled music, sermons, hobbies, work, travel, exercise and so many other rich and positive activities that will take you to a higher and stronger walk with God. Whatever it takes for you, just understand that it will most probably be unique for you.

Every case is different. Some people don’t require all that and they have strong coping mechanisms but for others that have passed through heavy storms will definitely need a lot of help and encouragement along the way. Just understand that this is your unique process. Be patient.  Whatever you have to do to receive healing and wholeness has got to be done regardless of the opinions and thoughts of others on how you decide to connect for support. Be free in that! At this point in your life, it is about pleasing God and getting to a place where you are stronger and able to stand valiantly.

Trust your process! You are a strong survivor –especially if you are reading this now. God will take you out of any storm. It will happen for you! You didn’t come this far to give up now. You can walk again. You can run again. You can laugh again. You can love again. You can work again. And lastly… you can and will succeed again & again & again!

Just keep walking toward the goal. You are a survivor.  Keep telling yourself that.  Keep your head up high. Even to the point where it will encourage other’s when they get to see and experience God’s strength through you.  This is your time. The obstacles only arrived for you to embrace the many opportunities available to you. This is your season. This is a GREAT season for you to flourish! You survived for a reason! Be blessed my sweet sisters.

“But those who trust in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31

Written by Pastor Christina Cruz-Mendez
MUI Church & JusChrist4 Ministry


Outdoors

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Hope everyone is able to safely enjoy the outdoors in this fantastic weather we are having. Went walking today up the parkway and didn’t get very far. Fully covered, masked, sort of prepared except I didn’t have my walking sneakers and socks on. By the first mile I already felt the blisters boiling. 😞But I kept on.

We did three miles at least. I will definitely be more prepared for next time! I need to listen. Even with the blisters, gotta keep moving. That’s just the way it is when things don’t always work out in your favor you have to walk it out anyway!!

Heard today by Stella Wariso on “Finding Hope in Community” instead of saying “Why Me“ say “Try Me!” In the face of our adversary & in the face of adversity. Stand encouraged.

As we are to be as bold as ever approaching outdoors. We can walk again. We can run again. We can laugh again. We can love again. We can work again. And lastly… we can succeed again & again & again! Just keep walking toward the goal.

God is taking stuff out and putting stuff in us. So that when we are out there again, we may still get bruised and blistered but we will keep going and growing —stronger than ever before. This is a great season for us to flourish! Inside & outside! Indoors & outdoors. Internally & externally. Internationally & domestically.

Time to bring what we have stored indoors —> OUT!! It is beautiful outdoors! So much opportunity! Let’s get it!! Let’s go!! Let’s try it!!!

“but those who trust in the Lord
will renew their strength;
they will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary;
they will walk and not faint.”
Isaiah 40:31


HELLO WORLD

Hope everyone is adjusting just fine during the big world quarantine due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

So far I have adjusted my home office space about 4 times and now I nailed it! Over the weekend I started a mass project to do an office/gym conversion in the basement and what a task. Well worth it though. Because now I have my own private workspace to concentrate and be as productive as I need to be. The most important thing for me is what I can do in the NOW to be most prepared for what’s NEXT!

That is how we must think when it comes to life altering situations such as this. Take what you have and turn it into something innovative –even if its a trial we have to bring something out of us that allows us to live well. To live so we can thrive right through it.

I am taking the time to worship –reflect –read –relax at the same time as moving when I need to so that I don’t get that sedentary. I have all my supplies gathered here and created an environment that is conducive to work from home. It took a few weeks to get there but I did and I am loving it! ❤

I hope that you are finding a way to adjust in the most productive and beneficial way for the health of you and your family. Keep focused… keep strong and remember this too shall pass. This is only a season for us and as long as we continue to be as productive as we need to be, the next phase of our lives is going to be worth it all.

We are coming out stronger! We are coming out more innovative! We are coming out transformed! We are coming out as conduits of hope, faith and change! We are coming out fully capable! We are going to excel in the marketplace, in our homes, in our ministries and in all that we touch!

This is a time of renewal so that when we come out, we see things in a whole new better way and can gladly and appreciatively say, “HELLO WORLD!” We are here to make a difference and will forge ahead in an exceptional way. We will do things together and better. Stay encouraged. Stay filled with faith, hope and love.

Pursue the greater gifts, and let me tell you of a more excellent way—love.
1 Corinthians 12:31 VOICE Translation


It’s NEVER too late to RISE

Join us today as we still continue in the 24 hour prayer rally!

Simply Go to https://www.facebook.com/groups/UnitedPrayerVault

Tap in for non stop prayers lifted up until 6:00 am tomorrow!

The church (us as a body of Christ) is in a critical turning point for us to join together unified and in an authentic corporate prayer –in anguish of Spirit! TOGETHER!

There is still time…. it is never too late to RISE UP and RISE HIGHER! ❤ 

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.
The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Psalm 103 ❤