Celeste Yocom: Choosing Trust in Trials
On this episode of “Living Grace,” we hear from missionary Celeste Yolcom, who has served in Eastern Europe for over 20 years. Celeste’s life has been an example of surrender and trust in the Lord. God established her in a ministry to young girls in Siberia and Russia, orchestrated events to meet her husband, Mark, through Calvary Chapel’s Missions Conferences, and established them in Kosovo. As their lives continued, Celeste began to feel constant pain in her body. After landing a doctor’s appointment, Celeste was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer that had spread to her lungs.
Any would justifiably despair with this news, but Celeste heard directly from the Lord that this was another moment to trust Him. Would she choose to become bitter or better? Celeste was determined to trust the Lord and have a heart of peace. He has not failed to see her through. Celeste has been in remission for the last two and a half years!
God is good, and He will sustain His people through any danger or trial, as nothing can break us until our time is complete on earth. Are you struggling to trust the Lord? Is He calling you to a place or a situation that you are afraid to step into? Are you facing hard times? Be encouraged to trust the Lord. (Romans 8:28; Proverbs 3:5,6) Celeste’s life embodies God’s faithfulness, and she would wish for all to trust Him as well.