Episode 79

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In this episode, I interview a special guest, Mabel Ninan. Mabel is a writer, author of “Far From Home”, host of the YouTube podcast “Immigrant Faith Stories,” and a lover of books, tea, and Zumba. She lives in Northern California with her husband, son, and Maltese dog. Mabel was born and raised in the minority Christian community in India. She moved to the US in 2008 shortly after getting married. Her family has called ten different places across two continents and seven cities home. In our authentic conversation, Mabel shares her powerful God story of how God used her experience of moving to the US and feeling like a foreigner and homeless to draw her closer to him and bring her focus into an eternal one. This experience also inspired her to write her book and start her podcast ministry. Mabel also shares scriptures from the Bible that ministered to her to encourage others who are struggling with their identity and purpose to live their lives with an eternal perspective.

In This Episode:

  • The Altered Stories Show has reached over 10,000 downloads. We have listeners in 48 countries now. Go God and thank you to all our show guests and listeners! 
  • Mabel was born and raised in the minority Christian community in India and she moved to the US in 2008 shortly after getting married.
  • She has been serving in women’s ministry for nearly a decade.
  • Mabel shares more about herself and her podcast “Immigrant Faith Stories.”
  • We glorify God and sing his praises when we share our stories. It testifies to who he is and his goodness and faithfulness. 
  • Stories are one of the important ways we can get encouraged by God. God often wants us to share our stories to bless others.
  • Mabel shares a story that has really stuck with her and had a huge impact on her and touched her heart.
  • Mabel shares her God story, “Finding Purpose and Hope as Sojourners on Earth.”
  • Within a few weeks of moving to the US, she realized that she was in a foreign country and she didn’t know anyone. She went from being a very independent person to a dependent person. She really started to struggle and felt like she had no purpose. I knew the answer was spending time with God but I tried many other things first. 
  • She realized that she needed to find community so she sought out a local Bible study. During this time she fell in love with Jesus again for the second time and he changed her perspective of her being an immigrant. God changed her perspective to know that wherever he has placed her, he has a purpose for her and all he needed from her was a willing and obedient heart.
  • We will never feel like a foreigner, refuge, or lost when we put our full identity in who we are in Jesus Christ.
  • Mabel shares her book and how heaven can help us as believers. 
  • No matter what we think on earth will satisfy us, we can not find our security or satisfaction in anything earthly or worldly.
  • Why isn’t just having Jesus enough? We need to give our undivided love and worship to Jesus.
  • We can improve by reading God’s word, doing Bible study in community, and praying for one another. It helps keep us focused on what matters.
  • We should always have the big picture in mind and that helps us focus on Jesus.
  • Cultivate that intimacy with God and that will give you a lens to see your life through eternity. 
  • Our time here on earth is short but we have a purpose and a mission. 

Links:

Mabel’s Website

Far From Home Book

Mabel on Facebook

Mabel on Instagram

Immigrant Faith Stories on YouTube

 

Quotes:

  • “Many of us Christians or if we have been Christians for a long time and we think we are serving God. Sometimes we have this nagging feeling that we are doing everything right but there is something missing in my life.”   – Mabel Ninan
  • “When changes come or something big hits us then our faith is tested and the true condition of our heart comes into focus.”   – Mabel Ninan
  • “We glorify God and sing his praises when we share our stories.”    – Mabel Ninan
  • “When you see yourself as a foreigner on earth and as a citizen in heaven you are driven by a heavenly plan, attitude, and mindset.   – Mabel Ninan
  • “Our time here on earth is short but we have a purpose and a mission.”  – Mabel Ninan