Do you know Mommy Macarena? She is a woman who can do just about everything! She is our Treasurer, Secretary, Choir Mom, and MORE! You can learn about her role at Love Him Love Them below!
Tell us about yourself! Are you married? Do you have children?
I am married to Mr. Troy! We just had a wedding anniversary! 21 years! We have 4 children: Cameron, Dima, Cyle, and Carrie. Cameron is 19 and is about to finish his sophomore year at college! Dima is 19 also. We adopted him from Ukraine in 2014. That one is a big story in itself! Cyle is 15 and a sophomore in high school. He is an incredibly talented keyboard player and has found very recently a renewed, overwhelming love for Jesus! Carrie is 11 and she is our only girl. She is a princess and has her daddy wrapped around his finger!!!
When did you begin a relationship with Jesus?
My relationship with Jesus (on my part) started in July 2008, but He has been working in my life way back as far as I can remember! He brought me out of a horrible situation back in 1996. If I sit down and meditate about it, I can see His finger prints all over my life!! Even though I was raised without any religion I can see His providence through all of my life.
What do you do for/with Love Him Love Them?
My official title is “Treasurer/Secretary”, but I have been called Mommy Linda’s right hand too! Lol. I do anything and everything that is necessary!! From preparing everything for the choir to arrive to finding clothes, uniforms, and daily-living items for them.
While the Choir is here I drive the van with all the boys (band members) and pull a trailer with all the costumes, instruments, and product table items that we set up and sell at every presentation. I also bathe, discipline, clean up after, and LOVE the choir children! In a few words: being a mom to them!!
What is it like being on tour with the choir children?
LOL from crazy busy, unbelievable roller coaster, unexpected circumstances, tiresome, to INCREDIBLY JOYFUL, amazingly rewarding, and indescribable blessing!! I am honored that God saw me fit for the task!!
Every one of the concerts is a unique experience, honestly.
To me it’s like every time they are singing feels like it is our first concert. But if I have to pick one, it would be our last concert of the 2017 tour at the Mercedes Benz stadium! I love that the kids can sing the same whether it’s a concert where they are singing for a handful of people or if they are singing to 10,000!!! And even though they only sang the national anthem on that day, I can’t help but wonder how many lives were changed because of their unspoken testimony of courage, perseverance, and determination. They are a living example of what someone who believes and holds on to Christ looks like, even when living and coming out of the darkest circumstances. I know God used them on that day!!!
I have seen the excitement on their faces when we have gone to new special places like the beach or the zoo, and on our last tour we even visited a trampoline park!!! That was quite a fun experience!!!
I miss my family, my husband, and my children! Also, pulling the trailer!! I am not an experienced trailer driver. I can drive forward all day long, but I am always concerned about getting to a concert where I won’t be able to pull straight through!! LOL.
I have learned to depend on Him, to wait on Him, to search for Him in a deeper level for a stronger intimate relationship. I have learned that He can use even the hardest circumstances for His purpose, to become something He can use to reach others and for His glory. GOD IS NOT SOMETHING YOU CAN JUST ADD TO YOUR CHECKLIST OR TO YOUR LIFE, GOD IS SOMEONE YOU GIVE YOUR LIFE TO!!
God gave us His son and the Holy Spirit!! And with them we have all we need!! And He equips and enable us to do all He call us to do!! I can do all things through Christ who gives me the strength!! GOD USES THE NORMAL EVERYDAY PERSON TO DO HIS WORK AND TO DECLARE HIS GOOD NEWS AND WORD, all we need to do is be obedient to His gentle call and have a willing heart. If God can use a girl like me…He can use anyone for His glory! GOD IS ALWAYS AT WORK!
What a better way to fulfill one of Jesus’ spoken biggest commands “You should love your neighbor as yourself.”
During my first visit to Haiti and Ukraine, my heart changed!! I would love for everyone that reads this to go to Haiti and eventually to Ukraine with LoveHimLoveThem. Go, just go!!! Wherever God send you!! Be prepared!! If you really listen to God and His calling, your life is about to change forever!!! God is Good!!!
My favorite must-go-to-every-time verse is absolutely Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.”
My favorite bible book is Ruth. I love love one of the newest Casting Crowns songs, “Oh My Soul”. My favorite color is BROWN!! Lol…Mommy Linda thinks that is soooo boring.
I dream in English and I immediately translate to the Spanish language!!! I sometimes wake up translating my own dreams!!! LOL.
I am VERY BLESSED!! I have a wonderful husband, children, parents, siblings, and friends!
Wow! Thank you Mommy Macarena for sharing your testimony, wisdom, and experience with us! We are so grateful for all you do for Love Him Love Them and God’s children!