Wholehearted Service: Dallas Duo Find Ministry Niche in Video
By Mykaela Alvey
Too often we forget that ministry is not meant just for pastors and missionaries; too often we forget that we have a responsibility to the kingdom of God, as well. Two members from New Vida Church of God in Dallas, Texas, have taken hold of this calling and started reaching their community with evangelism, outreach, and hospitality videos. Lori Rodriguez and Andrea Long recently took an evangelism course offered by Rev. Melissa Pratt from Teays Valley Church of God, Scott Depot, West Virginia. This course helped them realize that they could also be a part of making a difference in their community—even in the midst of a pandemic.
According to Lori, “There were so many good ideas that were easy and could be intentional in reaching people for God’s kingdom. We were encouraged to share those ideas with others.” Andrea says they were encouraged by their pastor, Pastor Malcolm Tyree, “to find a way to share [their] thoughts with the congregation.”
Lori says that this experience has been a catalyst for growth as she has had to take “ownership of what Jesus has asked all of us to do. If I love Jesus, how can I not love the ministry he has called us to do?” Andrea sees herself growing because of the content they are putting out for others’ growth. “I think the process of figuring out how to share our thoughts with others made me take the things we were saying to heart even more for myself,” she explains.
Both women are optimistic and encouraged that this ministry will expand. When asked what her advice would be for anyone who thinks they couldn’t do something like this, Lori says, “Goodness, if someone told me I would be making videos on evangelism, I would have said you’ve got the wrong girl. [But] when we commit to work in ministry, we don’t realize how wide our possibilities can be when walking with Jesus.”
We may always feel like we shouldn’t be the ‘right ones’ for the job; we may always think someone else could do it better. But Lori says it best: “All along the way [God] is walking with you, encouraging and providing the skills you need to do the job and do it well.” We are not alone in our pursuits to reach the world for Christ.
Pastor Malcolm Tyree expresses thanks for the ministry that encouraged Lori and Andrea to get started. “What a difference LifeGivers is making in our church!” Just imagine what it could do in your congregation.
Anderson University alumna Mykaela Alvey is a funding US missionary based in Greenwood, Indiana. A freelance writer for three years, she loves crafting stories of hope and healing.
Learn more about the response of Church of God Ministries to the coronavirus (COVID-19), including resources for you and your church, at www.jesusisthesubject.org/theway. Discover practical and easily accessible online courses, hosted by leaders like Rev. Melissa Pratt, each designed to help you turn your faith into action, at www.choglifegivers.org.