January 2020

Candidate Profile: Emily Mitchell

Meet our new candidate, Emily Mitchell, who serves in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania—home of the 2018 Superbowl champions, the Liberty Bell, Declaration of Independence, and cheesesteaks. Against this backdrop of history and triumph, the city also has the highest poverty rate of any major US city. The complexities, frustrations, and heartbreak of this statistic are prevalent. In an area of so much diversity it’s easy for people to “stick to their own” and form different pockets, while those in need remain untouched, even by the church community.

 

The shelter system in Philadelphia is filled with women and children and goes unnoticed by the larger population. These women are trying to figure out life alone, and lack wisdom for life and the knowledge that they are valuable and loved by God. Emily reaches this overlooked population of women by offering discipleship and mentoring to those who are unconnected to emotional and spiritual support. Her goal is to create awareness in local churches and involve them and others in this opportunity to minister to these women and children.

 

Read more about Emily Mitchell to see if you’d like to partner with her as she reaches women in West Philadelphia and University City.

 

Shrinking Gift Update

Thank you for your amazing response to the information we sent about how your gifts to your missionaries have shrunk over the years due to inflation. As of our last count, you responded by increasing support to 147 of our field staff! Because of your generous response, our staff can continue to reach out to those in their local areas around the country and be an instrumental part in God changing lives.

 

We are so blessed to see the love and care you have for your InFaith missionaries. May God continue to use each of you and InFaith to further his kingdom in the United States! To financially support any of our missionaries, go to infaith.org/give.

 

Asking God Questions

By Ridge Burns, Executive Director/CEO

 

I have a friend who, when he talks about discipleship and really walking with Jesus, says, “We need to be constantly asking God questions.” He’s not necessarily talking about the big questions like “Why is there pain and suffering in the world?” (which we totally need to be asking God as well). But he’s referring to asking God things like, “What do you want me to do right now? Is this something that I should be involved in?” in order to help us come to a decision about what how we should allocate our time. My friend says that God has an opinion on where you shop, what you do, who you hang with, how you organize your office, etc. He has an opinion and we need to ask Him His opinion.

 

There are two filters that I put on these questions. I want to ask God, “Is this my assignment? Is this what you want me to do?” I have a lot of good things that I could be doing, but I want to know specifically if this is my assignment. For example, if somebody asks me to speak or to be involved in their ministry or in some sort of activity, I ask the Lord, “Is this my assignment?” I'm amazed at how many times He says, “No.” And that allows me to have margins in my life and not to be over-committed. The second thing I want to ask is, “Is this right? Is there hidden wrongness in what I’m being asked to do? Am I doing it for my own good or for the good of the Kingdom? Am I accepting this assignment because of pride or a perception of power?” So, I ask God, “Is this my assignment? And is it right?” When you bring God into your daily decisions and actually ask Him these things out loud or in your mind, it changes everything. It puts God in control of your life, instead of asking Him to bless what you've already decided to do.

 

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