How deep does your own fear run when you think of letting go of something you might be holding too tightly?
Our relational cup remains relatively empty (and for a relational movement like ours, this is particularly painful) as we grapple with social distancing and try to connect through interacting via screens. Any novelty and initial exhilaration of church online has worn off.
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.