The metaphor I used for my remarks that day was of Rev. Tom Graves as a bridge-builder. Bridges are about bringing things together, about connections that make things better, and Tom was always building some connection for me.
When Rev. Eddie Rivera was a 15-year-old growing up in Mexico, he was a fourth-generation Methodist. Joining the family business of ministry was not a difficult decision, but it did not feel like a calling. It felt like following his dad’s legacy.
The learnings Laurinda’s has gained through TMF’s Leadership Ministry have been transformative and have eased the weight of living out her call. In fact, these learnings have been so valuable to her that she has made a point of sharing them.
Hispanic women feel tied to traditional expectations of femininity – cooking, rearing children, cleaning. No matter how they feel God is calling them, the expectation that they will serve their families in the home can prevail over God’s call.
“I serve a ministry that is innovative. It is a ministry of and with the poor...This community is more than statistics,” Amy said. “It is filled with talented, resourceful people, and part of my work at Christ’s Foundry is simply to empower them.”