Archive for December, 2019

Staff Features: A Glimpse of Grace

In 2018, Beth returned from Chinle, AZ, where she had the privilege to serve our Native American sisters during a Living Proof Live conference.  

I recall hanging on to every word as Beth shared, with deep joy, an update of her time in Arizona. Beth conveyed her desire to stay connected with these women. I still cannot explain the instant connection I felt to our sisters even though I had never met any of them. They stayed on my mind for days, so I started praying. 

I recall waking up in the wee morning hours with a thought of partnering with them for our monthly Invited gathering, a local Houston, Texas gathering where Beth teaches a Bible Study to several hundred women. I immediately shared the idea with Beth, and she was on board. We didn’t have an actual plan in place, but the idea was shared with our team during lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant. And let me tell you, the one thing that gets our creativity flowing around here is chips and salsa. 

We bounced around a few ideas, but our dear co-worker Jenn presented the idea of live streaming the event for our sisters, and it resonated with us, so we started planning. 
Listen, I am technically challenged. Still, I said yes, because the overwhelming tug at my heart made me believe the Lord wanted us to lock arms with our Native American Sisters as they plow the ground for ministry with other women in their community. After lots of consulting with some of our experienced, tech-savvy friends, we launched our first live streamed service. Since then, we continue to virtually join with them during our Invited gatherings.

Recently my co-worker Cathy and I were blessed to travel to Arizona to visit our Native American Women for Christ leadership team. We spent the first day at the White Mountain River Apache, and we were welcomed with a Mexican taco salad that I am still rejoicing over. While we were there, we were able to connect via live stream with our sisters in Houston during the November Invited gathering. We were thrilled to be on the other side of the screen with our feet planted in a place that our faithful Father and sisters invited us into. We ate, we worshipped, and we sat in His word together. My eyes are tearing up as I remember that sacred moment.

The second day we traveled to the Navajo Nation Reservation in Kayenta. The team brought us to Monument Valley, and my words cannot describe the beauty of what my eyes were able to behold that day. The history carved by nature: red cliffs and rugged canyons. There was a raw and barren beauty to it. That evening, Kayenta Baptist Church organized a Thanksgiving feast for us, and it was grand! The youth from the National Honor society served us, as they wore garments representing their tribe. It was an atmosphere of unrestrained joy.

On our last day, we visited Indian Bible College in Flagstaff, AZ. What a way to end our trip. We gathered with Native American women in pursuit of becoming all God wants them to be as a disciple of Christ.

I also had an opportunity to speak to young women. I prayed Isaiah 61:1-4 over them, and I delivered a spoken word piece to encourage them, which I want to share with each of you. I hope it is a blessing to you.
The Native American Women’s leadership team is committed to their native land.  Through prayer, they have been sowing His word deep into their soil, but also into the souls of the women in their community. It is an honor to run this race alongside our sisters as we accept His grace and share in his beautiful mercies.  

Will you join us and pray for these mighty women of valor and our partnership with them as they make Christ known where He has planted them? 

Many of you helped make that initial connection with them possible by sponsoring some of the Native American women to gather at Living Proof Live, so, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you! 

Living Proof is honored to serve alongside our sisters, and we rejoice in all that He is doing and will continue to do.