The Worth of ALL Persons

By: Anjala Dick, Indianapolis, Indiana My story is a long one, but I will try to make this as condensed as possible. It is not always pleasant or easy, but I am learning as I go that all the struggles make it worth it. I grew up attending church, but not Community of Christ. Attending Community of Christ came later in my life, however, it is definitely part of my faith journey. When I found Community of Christ, I was looking for a place that would accept me and my husband. My husband and I are not in a “typical” marriage as he is a transman. We were not accepted… Read More

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What the Cross Means to Me

Today’s Mission Story comes from Lee’s Summit, Missouri.  It can be found in original form at: http://www.cofchrist.org/mission-stories#/190/what-the-cross-means-to-me By Diane Maupin, Lee’s Summit, Missouri, USA Dolores was in my second-grade class. She was temporarily living with her grandparents, or they might have been foster parents. (When you’re 7 years old, you don’t always know all the details.) She rode my school bus and occasionally attended our congregation—usually Bible School—with her caregivers. Dolores had some severe problems that made her a target of bullying. I remember one day seeing her cower behind the classroom door in tears after she had been shoved in the corner and left behind as her classmates headed… Read More

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I am an Outcast and Why I Follow Jesus

It’s taken me a long time, and a lot of struggles, to come to the “why” of why I follow Jesus. It’s not always been the easiest journey for me, but, now, I feel like I’m finally in a place where I’m ready to start following Him. As a member of the GLBT community, it’s not always been easy for me to find a place where I could worship openly and honestly. With this perspective, it reminds me of a song from Disney’s “Hunchback of Notre Dame.” The title of the song is “God Help the Outcasts.” I think the reason this song resonates with me so much is that I’m… Read More

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Why I follow Jesus

WHY I FOLLOW JESUS… BY MIKAL FARLEY, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA Because Love.  I follow Jesus because Hope.  Because it gives me Joy.  Because it’s the promise of Peace.  Because You are Worthy and that’s the story I want to share. I was fortunate to be born into a loving, caring family of believers.   My Mother and her family, my father’s family and my My Grandfather (Don Farley) and Grandmother (Nancy Farley) have been guides and mentors in my spiritual journey.  They helped lay the foundational roots of who I am today. I cannot say I am the same person today as I was yesterday or that my beliefs haven’t evolved.… Read More

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Why I follow Jesus

Why I Follow Jesus… BY ALISHA BAUMAN, Zionsville, Indiana, USA My favorite mentors are people I have known my entire life from church. They have watched me grow, attempted to direct me in life choices, and picked me up when I have fallen. I never understood why they loved me, and at times I wondered why they ever would want to love me. Their love is a love that is filling. It has the power to overcome failure. It has absorbed every tear I have allowed to fall and has destroyed every wall I tried building. It has taken me some time to realize all that. Having been raised in the… Read More

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