Happy New Year! Joyful praises to Jesus our Lord! What better desire could we have this year than to be His disciple. A disciple is a follower of Jesus Christ. A person who is a student and believer of the doctrines He taught. It’s a person who exhibits in his or her life the teachings of Jesus Christ through daily character, conduct and conversation.
In the beginning of 2021, I had a deeper call to focus on discipleship in His Name. I felt a stirring towards this when I was teaching the Book of Acts in 2020. I had always purposed to obey and fulfill The Great Commission, but I knew it was requiring me to step away from some things in 2021 to go deeper with Him. So, in obedience, three Bible studies were not restarted, I resigned from several organizations, did not accept any speaking engagements and did not conduct an annual conference for the women. The main message I heard was for me to leave the ninety-nine and go after the one at this time. So day-by-day the Lord set the agenda for clarity in my being and making disciples in His Name. Normally, I would have my calendar all set and arrangements made months ahead of time. I was to let all of that go and trust His leading moment-by-moment. Throughout 2021, He led me to minister on a more personal level than the way I could have had I remained on the path of reaching larger groups. What has been exciting are the young individuals He has brought to William and me to encourage and build up. It has been quite an amazing journey.
As we enter this new year of 2022, I would like for you to meet one of the individuals God has connected me with to disciple and encourage in her walk. Please meet Lindsey Harrell. I will let you hear her testimony in her own words. Everyone, please meet Lindsey…
My name is Lindsey Harrell. It is a pleasure to come on board with the team here at Transformed Worldwide Ministries. I am a college graduate of Lancaster Bible College with a major in Women’s Ministry Leadership. I am committed to serving alongside women who long to be transformed by the hope and healing God provides through his truth.
I am the daughter of two wonderful parents named Sidney and Linda Harrell. I have two lovely sisters named Rachael and Alaina Harrell. My Father is the Pastor of Freedom Baptist Church in Chester City, Pennsylvania. Our family has seen God’s love and provision in our lives as we have journeyed through the highs and lows of life. Our desire as a family is to remain fixated on Christ and be a testimony to others of God’s faithfulness.
I met Paula Harris through Lancaster Bible College and heard that she is also a woman on fire for declaring the Good News of the Gospel and supporting women on their journey in their relationship with Jesus Christ. I believe it is essential that every woman not only have knowledge of their incredible worth, but also understand how they can live that out. Not every woman is the same. Quite like a box of crayons or paint, we are each created individually with all sorts of special gifts and talents. Still, there’s one thing that each and every one of us has in common. That is that we are created remarkably in the image of God. It is Yahweh our creator who uses us as an instrument of art to create one canvas that represents His Kingdom and ideal picture for the church.
As a 22-year-old young woman of color, I have had my fair share of encounters with stereotypes and opinions of who and how I should be living my life as a woman. A few wishes women have today are to be successful, respected and recognized for who they truly are. There are several avenues in which this world says we can attain them. Psalm 37:4 says, “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Ultimately God knows all that we need and long for. It is He who welcomes us to pursue these desires in a way that will truly bless us. Romans 15:13 reminds me of the joy and peace that is found in Jesus and the fulfillment He provides us when we truly submit our lives to him.
I came to know Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior when I was nine years old. I grew up in the church, but I did not want to be saved just to mimic my loved ones. I wanted to give God my fragile heart only if I knew he was God and could bring the healing and redemption he promised in scripture. Although I grew up in a Christian household, my life was not an ideal picture of perfection. My family and I have gone through a lot. Growing up doing ministry in a hard area with my family changed my perspective on life. I realized that this world is clearly broken and in need of the love of a pure righteous Savior. It was alarming for me to see how many people have suffered in this world without the hope of Jesus in their lives. It was not until then that I decided to give my life to Jesus Christ. I chose to trust Him because I knew that He was the only one that had the answers to the problems mankind had no idea how to solve. I praise God for His active role in restoring this world.
What a blessing it is to have Lindsey join our ministry. As I focus on discipling the more mature, Lindsey’s focus will be discipling those who are younger. Both of our hearts are to be and make disciples for our Lord. Please pray for Lindsey and her ministry with us. Send her a note of encouragement to [email protected] Happy New Year once again as we humbly follow our Lord on new paths this year. Stay connected with us!