Mrs. Christine Jones

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Name
Mrs. Christine Jones
Church Info
Home Church Address
Restoration Anglican Church
1815 N. Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22207
United States
Church Website URL
Organization
Organization Name
Restoration Anglican
Type of Organization
Church Ministry
Your Position/Title within your Organization
Vestry Member
Organization Address
1815 N. Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22207
United States
Organization Phone Number
Organization URL
Work of Ministry
Immigration
Organization Email
ila@restorationarlington.org
Description of Organization
We're a church in Arlington (VA) that connects people to God, to others and to the needs of the world. Our mission is to see broken people restored by grace living God's story through worship, community and mission.
Organization Years In Operation
7
Does your ministry offer internships?
Yes, post-graduate internship(s).
Strengths of Organization
Our mission to see broken people restored by grace is our great strength. I am working with a team to launch the Restoration Immigration Legal Aid Clinic (March 2016) which will serve the sojourner in our midst in a practical and yet holistic way.
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?
15.00
What training did you receive that equipped you for justice and mercy ministries?
My parents instilled in me a heart for the vulnerable and I was raised on stories of my grandfather who worked for United Nations across India and the Middle East. My husband is in international development and we have been partners, serving the underserved in some of the world's most marginalized places. You just cannot live where indigenous people lose their land at the whim of big business, HIV/AIDS widows are ostracized or genocide survivors are expected to "act normal" and not cry out for justice! Back in the USA I have attended numerous conferences specifically focusing on teaching English and embracing the immigrant. But my biggest "training" has been from developing relationships with immigrants here in the USA and hearing stories from their perspectives.
What are your primary concerns for the ministry?
We want our fledgling Immigrant Legal Aid ministry to serve our clients holistically. We know that a legal problem is often indicative of other challenges and we want to challenge our parish to rise up and serve these challenges.
What feels like the most difficult aspect of your life in ministry?
I recently heard a story on NPR about diversity that mentioned the fact that diversity often means wanting a different skin color, ethnicity, language background of an individual who in all other aspects is just like you. I dream of a day that the Anglican Church - perhaps through our Justice ministries - will allow space for others who are not like us at all. And that we would welcome and celebrate that.
What gives you the greatest joy?
Getting to know people from other cultures and perspectives.
What spiritual disciplines help sustain you in your rhythms of life among the vulnerable, marginalized, and under-resourced?
Each morning I must write down three things: things for which I am thankful, sins I confess before the day begins, and everything else I am laying down in prayer. This exercise coupled with reading scripture (kinda) keeps me sane.
What would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to know about your ministry?
Ditto.
How would you like fellow Anglicans (bishops, churches, the average parishioner) to grow in regards to justice and mercy issues?
That more Anglicans would simply recognize the value of the immigrants around them. Everyone is made in God's image if only we have eyes to see it. I want everyone to see it.
What are your favorite books related to justice and mercy issues?
Welcoming the Stranger, Jenny Hwang Yang & Matthew Soerens To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee Mountains beyond Mountains, Tracy Kidder We Wish to Inform you that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with our Families, Philip Gourevitch Anything by Michela Wrong
What are your favorite movies related to justice and mercy issues?
The Shawshank Redemption Crash Hotel Rwanda Amazing Grace
What are your favorite websites/organizations related to justice and mercy issues?
http://evangelicalimmigrationtable.com/
Anything else you would wish us to know?
Thank you for inviting me!
What do you wish people knew about justice ministry in general or specific arenas of justice work?
Ninety-nine percent of the immigrants I have met are all hard working and devoted to America. They are thankful to be here and never take it for granted. And they have made very hard choices that I will never have to make. I want people to understand this about these people that we serve.
What would you like to see happen in ACNA in regards to work of justice and mercy?
I think I have answered this in the above.... (Sorry editor - I am sure I mixed up questions with answers as I pondered all of this!)
Tell us a bit about your story and your heart for justice and mercy.
My husband and I have always wanted to serve the marginalized. We have lived in 4 different developing countries (and traveled among many others) so when we moved back to the USA in 2006, I knew I wanted to work among immigrants. I found that in directing an ESOL ministry at an Anglican Church (The Falls Church Anglican) in which I served for 8 years. I have recently been called out of that position and am now focusing efforts on launching the Restoration Legal Aid Clinic (in March 2016) as well as consulting with other organizations that serve church ESOL programs.