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“Mommy, They don’t speak Chinese!”

In February, 1990 God woke me up at 2:00 a.m. and gave me Isaiah 54 as my life verse. This became a Word of Knowledge for a big change which was just around the corner. The following year almost to the day, I became the single mother to two toddlers. I was broke and brokenhearted!

The Lord became my husband, just as Isaiah 54 prophesied!

But, in that scripture God had made me a promise about my children…!
Verse 13 is a promise that I have held on to concerning ALL my children
(both natural and spiritual).

13 All your children will be taught by the Lord,
    and great will be their peace.

God was so faithful in warning me of this drastic change coming; not only in my own life but also in the lives of my sons. The version I had read specifically said, SONS and I had four. In spite of this crisis, I knew that God was getting me ready to walk in the fullness of His love and power, and that no matter what trouble lay ahead, the Lord would be with us; and He had promised me that my children would come to know Him and His peace would be with them.

Becoming a single mother was the last thing on my list. Finding a new home with two little boys and leaving my two adopted sons was very difficult. My heart was broken.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

Now, almost three decades later, I can see how God has kept his promise to me… and to all four of my sons.

I have so many stories of God’s faithfulness during this time. Below is just one of those short stories I’ve called, Mommy, They don’t speak Chinese!

When my youngest son was around four years old we knew a family who adopted some little girls from China.  He was so worried that they would grow up and their parents would not be able to understand them when they began to talk because the babies were from China.

He said, “Mommy, they (their parents) don’t speak Chinese!”

My son’s compassionate heart didn’t understand language learning.


Today, almost thirty years later, he and his wife and his children are across the seas and as his own children grow up they will naturally learn to speak Chinese!

Only God could orchestrate and plant such a seed in my son who wasn’t much older than his own toddler (pictured above).

On top of his connection to these precious people, God has also put a fire in the heart of his wife for these wonderful asian people across the seas!



A little About Marlene Marlene was raised in Sanford, Florida, the daughter of a 12th generation farmer and part Cherokee mother. Marlene first met Jesus at the tender age of six sitting in an orange tree in her backyard. This was when she first felt the Holy Spirit speaking to her about going to different nations and sharing the love and resurrection power of Jesus to others. She is mother to four sons, three grandchildren, and has many spiritual sons and daughters. Isaiah 54 is her life chapter. It was from that scripture God gave her two specific promises about her physical children, "All your children will be taught of the Lord and have great peace.”(Isaiah 54:13) and, “Your decendents will occupy other nations and resettle the ruined cities.” (Isaiah 54:3) Marlene follows the leading of the Lord and goes wherever and by whatever means God guides and provides. She ministers in meetings, retreats, slums, villages, churches and alongside others who are also called to share the good news, pray for the sick and hurting. She has a heart to equip and train the latter day church helping them to prepare for the harvest that is ripe. She is a mother and father to those who are broken, hurting and orphaned. This could be across the street or across the world. It could be in the jailhouse, at someone’s penthouse or simply a backyard BBQ. Wherever she is, her desire is to minister bringing hope and healing. She has a heart for the lost, backslidden and broken and Her desire is to love and know the Lord fully and unconditionally always growing in His grace, wisdom, and mercy; becoming the Lord's perfect bride, without spot or wrinkle. God created us to be beautiful. She wants you to know His love and become God’s treasure in and on the earth, maturing and growing to help others find their identity and place and to finish the race well. God searches today for those who will make Him their single desire, who will say with the Psalmist and King David that, “the Lord is the portion of mine inheritance” (Psalm 16:5). They will be His special possession because, “the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure” (Psalm 135:4). 850-661-6104 24/7 Prayer CinderellaReleased.Me Webpage

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