My work with Tierra Nueva has begun full-time on July 6, 2017!
Some Initial Tasks on my RADAR: Maintain office productivity through communication and database, web and print media, editing bi-annual newsletter, IT, office supplies and logistics, and financial liaison. Create streamlined marketing campaigns for varying ministry efforts, Create system of Peoples’ Seminary content production, Review access to curriculum for global network of trainees, Assess digital lecture production process, Build network of support (individuals and church congregations).
(Read original description of position here and my previous work here.)
Tierra Nueva (New Earth) is a ministry based in Burlington, Washington, serving the community since 1994. I am startled by how closely oppressed peoples in the Bible mirrors the oppressed in our community today: the poor, widowed, jailed, foreign, sick, addicted, illiterate, ignored, and overlooked.
The resident labor force in Skagit County is seasonal in nature, primarily due to the large and highly-visible agricultural sector.
In 2013, 17.8% of Skagit County’s population was estimated to be living below the official poverty line.
The poverty rate for Skagit County children in 2013 was 24.5%.
Between 2000 and 2002, sixteen people died in the county from opioid use. Ten years later, that number increased to 36.
I’ve been fortunate as a student and Christian to have heard many stories. I’ve traveled to Mexico, the Philippines, Kenya, and South Korea and seen the common threads of desperation. In a larger context of greed and corruption, individual families suffer from addiction, abuse, and lack of self-worth. All on this list are opposite of Christ’s Kingdom; all fall under His authority.
The judges, prophets, poets, kings, disciples, and apostles from the Bible, and Christ Himself, are quite explicit about how we are to live in a world full of horror and injustice.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!”
Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble. Then your light will shine out from the darkness, and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams,
with ten thousand rivers of olive oil?
Shall I offer my firstborn for my transgression,
the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?
He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? By no means! Don’t you know that when you offer yourselves to someone as obedient slaves, you are slaves of the one you obey—whether you are slaves to sin, which leads to death, or to obedience, which leads to righteousness? But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.
God presides in the great assembly;
he renders judgment among the “gods”:
“How long will you defend the unjust
and show partiality to the wicked?
Defend the weak and the fatherless;
uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
deliver them from the hand of the wicked.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.
Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Then he said to me: “Son of man, these bones are the people of Israel. They say, ‘Our bones are dried up and our hope is gone; we are cut off.’ Therefore prophesy and say to them: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: My people, I am going to open your graves and bring you up from them; I will bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you, my people, will know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and bring you up from them. I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the Lord have spoken, and I have done it, declares the Lord.’”