“Lets have faith that right makes might; and in that faith let us, to the end, dare to do our duty as we understand it.” ~Abraham Lincoln
NYC and Stepping Out in Faith
I’d like to first start out by using a ‘street’ vernacular phrase that’s a horrible use of the English language, “Faith don’t make no sense.”
I have been a Christian since the age of four. At 38, I’ve had the privilege of seeing God bring me through every obstacle, every valley, and walk step-by-step with me everywhere I go. God has a perfect track record with me. It was the basis of that track record and my faith in the God of my salvation, which helped me to make one of the most senseless—yet crucial, and ultimately rewarding decisions of my life.
I have attended and been a member of my church, the Brooklyn Tabernacle, since I was a baby. I grew up in this church and started serving in various ministries from a young age. I had been approached on occasion to pray about working there, but I never felt like it was God’s timing. In April of 2010, the Director of the Children’s Ministry at the time sat me down and asked me again, to seriously pray about taking a position as the Preteen Ministry Director. Now you have to understand, at this particular point in time of my life, I was working fulltime at The Children’s Aid Society. I was in very good standing and held a promising future there. Furthermore, the church had been going through some financial hardships. The week that I was offered the job, the church had to make the very difficult decision to layoff two pastors. In addition to that, I was married for just two years and my wife and I had welcomed a baby boy in January of that same year!
Needless to say, I had a lot to pray about. There was no logical reason for me to leave my secure job at The Children’s Aid Society and take a position at a church where I would not have the protection of Union Membership. The people closest to me in my life BEGGED me not to take the position, as it just didn’t make sense. But in my heart, I knew that God was calling me to make the change. I knew that He was requiring me to step out in faith.
While on paternity leave and after praying and fasting, I received confirmation that I was supposed to work at The Brooklyn Tabernacle. I knew that my future was divinely guaranteed by God. Sure, there were a dozen reasons why I should not have taken the position, but there was one very compelling reason why I had to take the position. God’s track record caused me to step out in faith and begin a journey that has yielded SO MANY great returns. God has been using me to sew into the lives of countless preteens, youth, young adults and parents. And, He’s taking care of my family’s financial needs. God is faithful indeed. I LOVE working at the church, and I am eternally grateful that I can put my trust in Him.
Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality – faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. Hebrews 11:1
James C. Powell, RFK camp Director in Brooklyn, NY