Patty Burchell says she has a vivid memory of a promise she made to God in seventh grade: “I will go.” From that moment on, she trusted God to call her into various fields of Christian ministry. Today she serves as the first female station manager of KICY radio in Nome, Alaska, a ministry of the Alaska Conference, where she broadcasts the gospel to a vast region of western Alaska and the Russian Far East.
In the room that evening were gathered four generations—a rare gift in many contexts, but after listening to 1619, I was acutely aware of how impossible this would be for many of the families whose stories Hannah-Jones recounts.
As Covid-19 continues to hinder any return to worshiping “as usual,” Covenant congregations across North America are adapting to a new season of ministry. And Start and Strengthen Churches is pivoting as well. The Companion sat down virtually with three denominational leaders to talk about how the mission priority is shifting its vision to move forward and the hope they see for the church.
The Holy Spirit is constantly at work, creating and shaping this topsy-turvy world. By God’s grace, we as the church are invited over and over again to join in this holy and difficult work.