A Story of Resilience - Liliana's Story

Rev. Liliana Padilla, the Senior Pastor of Westlawn UMC, shares how she drew on her own story of resilience to find the strength to lead her congregation to discern God’s purpose in this time of pandemic.

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Guest Info

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Liliana Padilla

Senior Pastor, Westlawn UMC

Rev. Liliana Padilla is an ordained elder in the Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church.


Show Notes


  • “Something that I like to do is try to see things as good as they can be.” -Rev. Liliana Padilla [10:59]
  • “For me, the pandemic meant an opportunity to show love to people.” -Rev. Liliana Padilla [17:26]


  • [00:00] Intro
  • [01:42] Rev. Liliana’s story
  • [04:42] Starting all over again
  • [09:15] One step forward, two steps back
  • [10:40] A huge storm with no solution
  • [15:11] God opened the windows and doors


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Reservoirs of Resilience is inspired by the monograph written by Bishop Janice Huie. Read the full publication here.

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