About Lori Apon

Lori grew up in Melbourne, Florida.  She graduated from Baylor University in Waco, Texas with a degree in Fashion Merchandising.  After completing her education, she returned to Florida where she served as a Fashion Consultant and Special Events Coordinator for Burdines.  After three years climbing the career ladder, and in obedience to God’s voice, she felt led to leave Burdines accepting the position as administrator for the Jay Strack Evangelistic Association.  Six months later, the Lord rewarded her obedience and sacrifice. God gave Lori the desires of her heart when she was swept off her feet by Bobby Apon—the man of her dreams.

Story

Bobby and Lori were married and settled in Atlanta, Georgia.  Immediately, their philosophy to trust and obey came to the forefront as God began to bless them with children.  Each time, they chose to trust God at His Word, “Children are a gift of the Lord, happy is the man whose quiver is full.”  In fact, as they trusted, God filled their quiver with EIGHT precious children. 

Sadly, on May 17, 1999 Bobby Apon made the choice to take his own life.  The night before his death, Psalm 68:5 “I am a defender of the widow and Father to the fatherless” was quoted in the church service where Bobby was on staff as the worship leader. God’s Word spoke directly to her heart giving her important perspective.  This new outlook became her lifeline the very next day when the police officer knocked on her door to give the devastating news. But in the midst of death’s knock, grace and peace gained entry, entering the Apon family’s lives in a tangible way.  Lori says, “Grace and divine inspiration directed and carried me as I gave this life changing news to my children. With quivering confidence, I shared, ‘you have a new daddy.’” According to Lori, the peace that surpasses all understanding planted its seed deep into their hearts that day.  “Your daddy is gone—dead, but God will be your Father because He promises to be a Father to the fatherless,” said the grieving mom.  “Immediately God moved into our lives in promised position, as “Father to the fatherless and Husband to the widow.’”

Ministry

Studying and teaching God’s Word is one of Lori’s greatest joys.  She has taught women’s Sunday School (including widows) at FBC Woodstock for eleven years. As Lori’s nest emptied, the passion for widow ministry continued to grow to the point that it became evident it was time to step out in faith pursuing the call of God to spend this next season of her life caring for the widow and fatherless in the way the Lord has cared for her.  With seventeen years of experience living the “widow life,” Lori is able to comfort where she has been comforted as well as assist others in compassionately caring for the widow in meaningful ways.  Lori’s desire is to encourage others to direct their focus to God as Husband and Father, knowing that often this takes T.I.M.E. = Trusting In the Mystery of Eternity. 

Through suffering, she has been given a platform in which to share how God wants to work powerfully in difficult situations.  Her positive outlook comes from God and is contagious as the Holy Spirit works through her to encourage and challenge many women.  She invites all to accept the difficult events in their lives as God working — for their good and His glory.

  • We believe that “all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Romans 3:23
  • We believe “the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life…” Romans 6:23
  • We believe “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
  • We believe that Jesus Christ is “the way, the truth, and the life.” John 14:6
  • We believe that “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to man by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12
  • We believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are one triune God making up the Godhead which exists eternally.
    • God the Father – He is the Sovereign ruler of the universe. He is Omnipotent, Omniscient, and Omnipresent. 1 Corinthians 8:6
    • God the Son – Jesus has eternally existed. He came to live a sinless life in the flesh giving His life as the perfect sacrifice by dying on a cross for the sins of all people. The spotless, pure blood of Christ is what saves us from our sins. His bodily resurrection from the dead displayed His power over sin and death. He rose from the grave three days later as prophesied and will come again back to the earth to reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Ephesians 1:7-8, Ephesians 2:4-9, Phil. 2:5
    • God the Holy Spirit – Is our Helper, the third person in the Trinity. He helps us in our weakness and intercedes on our behalf (Romans 8:26-27). He convicts of sin (John 16:8) and comforts believers. He gives spiritual gifts and is the seal of the believer until the day of Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 1:22). The body of the believer is His temple (1 Cor. 6:19). Romans 8:9, Galatians 5:22-23
  • We believe that “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” 2 Tim. 3:16-17
  • We believe the Promises of God are true! 2 Corinthians 1:20
  • We believe that God allows and purposes trials and Suffering for His glory – 2 Cor. 4:7-12, 16-17
  • We believe the true believer is eternally secure in salvation for eternity because God gives us eternal life through Jesus Christ. God’s grace, not self-effort, is the reason that our salvation is eternally secure for the true believer. Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 8:38-39
  • We believe that all mankind is created to exist eternally. We will either be separated from God by sin forever or will exist eternally with God through forgiveness and salvation. Hell is eternal separation from God. Heaven is to live eternally in union with Him. Heaven and Hell are real places of eternal existence.

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