Miss Rebekah Powell

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Name
Miss Rebekah Powell
Church Info
Home Church Address
Christ Church of Austin
112 Medina St
Austin, TX 78702
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
Christ Church of Austin
Type of Organization
Church Ministry
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Children's Ministry Director
Organization Address
112 Medina St
Austin, TX 78702
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Community Development
Homelessness
Human Trafficking
Racial Reconciliation
Organization Email
info@christchurchofaustin.org
Description of Organization
Christ Church is called to be an Anglican church in the heart of Austin with a contagious passion for Jesus Christ. We are called to be a people of changed lives, changing our world together for the praise of God's glory.
Organization Years In Operation
9
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, college internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
We're a relational congregation with a strong contingent of broadly experienced, deeply committed followers of Christ who are rooted in a desire to partner with Him to transform the world and have CVs full of work done around the world as a fruit of that. We are open to innovation while staying true to rhythms of liturgy, family and rest, and have a desire to be a more multi-cultural, gritty people as a whole, but without trumpets and fanfare.
Background
Would you consider your role part time or full time within justice and mercy ministry?
Part Time
How many years have you been in ministry among the vulnurable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
1.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
Nothing is coming to mind, which is probably a terrible sign....
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
That we would walk in humility and a teachable spirit, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide us and responding with boldness and a radical willingness to build relationships with those He sends us.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Connecting with individuals in need and seeing hope restored to them.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
I can't speak to this hugely because right now I don't have rhythms of ministry to the marginalized. But in my daily life of ministry in the church, I require daily 'long and loving' time in the Word, journaling, and in listening prayer. I also am dependent on my small group community and the spiritual fellowship of people who have known me and walked with me for a long time, as they can reflect to me when they see me close to the edge or embarking on something that is me not Jesus.
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
My current ministry as a children's minister? I'm not sure.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
Great question. I'll have to think about how to give language to this.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Just Mercy, Theirs is the Kingdom. I clearly need to read more.
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
Can't wait to see other people's responses to this. Coming to mind are The Blindside, Antwone Fisher,
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
Eager to hear from others on this.
Anything else you would wish us to know?
Not that I can think of!
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
As far as my cross-cultural experience in Uganda, I think the thing I most wanted people to know was how 100% average I was. I wasn't more equipped or more called or more anything than anyone else. I just had some sort of crazy divine intervention that gave me the grace to raise money and fly over there and live and it wasn't dramatic or movie-worthy or anything like that. It was just life among people; those people happened to live in extreme poverty and have lost the people they loved the most. And living among them, teaching them school, and trying to love them by myself (without a supportive team/spouse/nearby friends) was totally and utterly exhausting.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
Not sure.
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
My heart for justice started when I was a little girl. I believe I can trace it back to my grandmother, who was always on some point in the continuum of addiction, and my mom's work as a Christian therapist with people who were overlooked, wounded, and in powerless situations. I have wanted to work with the poor for as long as I can remember, inspired by biographies I read about people like Mother Teresa. In college, I did an internship with the justice ministry at my church and developed a passion for sustainable agriculture as a solution to poverty and hunger in developing countries. I especially wanted to go to Uganda, which I did from October 2013-December 2014, but did nothing with ag except learn a lot. :) I taught science at an orphanage there and just listened to countless incomprehensible stories of trauma and loss from the kids I came to love. I came back to the States with the intention of going to grad school and learning what I could about trauma and how to help children who have been through hell. (So I went from thinking I could affect change on a macro level to really wanting to get as micro as possible.) Long story short, God led me to Christ Church where in some ways I'm serving the opposite demographic of who I thought I would! I'm living in the tension of faithfulness and obedience and community and often fighting the desire to drop everything and go back to Uganda or do something else radical. I'm so blessed to be under leadership with an intense heart to serve the poor in a sustainable way and I am on our fledging Community Development Team, where we are praying and looking at how we can best serve East Austin as we move into this neighborhood. I'm hopeful we can be a force of light, hope and discipleship for the families and individuals who feel like they've fallen through the cracks.