Willie Carver Scott, St. Stephens UMC, Hastings
The songwriter would say, “I love to tell the Story of Jesus and of His love.” Or, “Nobody knows the trouble I see ... Nobody knows but Jesus.” No one knows my story of how God has transformed and redeemed me. Not known is the anguish and pain that I have experienced and the rejection and the put-downs.
In sharing my story, it has not been pie in the sky. I have had to climb some hills and cross barriers. I am still trying to make it to the top. I was born of humble parents (Mr. and Mrs. Willie Scott) in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and my journey began at St. Paul Methodist Episcopal Church of Tuscaloosa (later United Methodist – 1968). I was active in my home church serving as an acolyte, assistant secretary of Sunday school and one of the teachers of Sunday school and VBS at St. Paul.
WHERE HAVE I SEEN GOD AT WORK IN MY LIFE?
The Lord is constantly at work in my life transforming and redeeming his people that are called by His name. God is at work in my life speaking to me through the storms of life and through evangelization. God has spoken, but it is hard every now and then in interpreting his message. Every day of my life, I see new mercies that come from God that tells me to hold on a little while longer.
HOW IS MY DISCIPLESHIP JOURNEY MAKING A DIFFERENCE?
Despite the fact that I am serving a small membership church, the saints that bravely come out to bible study are beginning to ask questions. I see spiritual growth in some of the saints. It serves as a sign that my teaching is not in vain.
WHAT AREAS OF MY DISCIPLESHIP JOURNEY DO I CONTINUE TO STRUGGLE WITH?
I am plagued with demons of fear, denial, and having faith. I believe in prayer and God’s power is moving in tremendous ways in my life. I am seeking God to reveal answers to questions that I have.
WHAT ARE MY HOPES/DREAMS/GOALS FOR FUTURE STEPS IN MY DISCIPLESHIP JOURNEY?
My desire is to become certified and to work toward being a licensed local pastor. My story is unique, and it is my story of how I am still holding on and expecting greater things from God.
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Evelyn McRae, First Ocala
“I have never been involved with homeless people, and have actually been afraid and uncomfortable around them, not imagining what we would have in common. All of that is changed since we began opening our church once a week to offer a meal and other amenities to those in need, targeting the literally homeless who are often seen on the boulevard by our church. There is incredible life change for all of us. We are growing in Christ together as we cross barriers and boundaries, extending unconditional love both ways.”
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