Every One Needs One

Until recently, I didn’t give much thought to the trauma and emotional wreckage that is on the head of children that are separated from their parents. It doesn’t matter whether they are taken away or abandoned. If you have ever experienced a child go through such deep emotional pain that when they open their mouths to sob, no sound comes out, you will not easily cast off the plight of such children. You can hug them and try to console them, but you are strangers to them and they will still beg you to tell them where their mother or father is and when are they coming to get them.

It doesn’t matter that you live in a palace with all its finery and their parents live in a hovel, dining on ramen noodles night after night. We are made to fit with our parents. That being said, there are some parents that are not fit, not capable or caring for their own children, or just don’t want their children, whether that be for the short term or long term. The foster or adoptive parents who rescue these children are true heroes and should be applauded. I just wish there were more of them.

Faithbridge Foster Care, is a Christ-centered program (www.faithbridgefostercare.org) that mobilizes the churches to create a community of care that not only raises up foster parents but surrounds them with support. Faithbridge reports that if every church in America were to take one foster child…not one per family in the church, but just one per church, there would be no foster need for a state run foster care system.

So, where are you churches and people of God? Where are the Pharaoh’s Daughters of this age? In a time of racial prejudice and injustice, Pharaoh’s daughter, a royal Egyptian, had great courage—not only did she save Moses’ life (a Hebrew child whom her father said should be killed), she accepted him as her own child. (See Exodus 2:5–10). Like Pharaoh’s daughter, we don’t have to be named. Please learn more about foster care and adoption and pray about whether you are called to this precious station. Even if you are not, all of us are called to have compassion for the smallest and weakest, the poor, the infirmed, and the old.

It doesn’t matter who you are or your station in life. If you have some, share it. If you can care for one, reach out and cover them. If a child has no one to love them, you be that one. The world was changed by one man. We can follow his example and change, or perhaps save the life of another.

Let 2013 be your year to take your eyes and efforts off of yourself and put them on someone else. This year, go further than just dropping a coin in a poor man’s cup. Make a commitment to help that man up onto his feet. Everyone needs someone to make a difference in their lives and everyone needs to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Michele Clark Jenkins

A Q&A with Stephanie Perry Moore and Michele Clark Jenkins about the Sisters in Faith Holy Bible

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Why is there a need for an African-American Women’s Bible?

The Word of God is a living, breathing document that, uses the same words but speaks to everyone differently depending on who they are, their life experiences, and God’s direction for their lives. African-American women need to know that God intended His Word uniquely for them and that He has demonstrated, through that very Word, that as their Creator He understands just who they are; as their Savior, He is aware of what they have been through; and as their indwelling Spirit, He knows their heart.

What are the special features of the Sisters in Faith Holy Bible?

Within the pages of this Bible, you will find nine different features designed to help you apply the truth of God’s Word to the realities of your life:

The Heart captures an enriching overview of each book of the Bible, allowing you to get acquainted with its content and theme. In addition, a personal insight has been added as to how each book specifically spoke to the hearts of our African-American contributors.

Arise! are devotions that have been developed by women, who just like you, are seeking revelation in God’s Word. These women share their hearts and their understanding of God’s Word in ways that directly address the life you live. you will find fifty devotional articles placed throughout the pages of this Bible. each life area will be addressed by the following ten topics:

GOD

1) Prayer life 2) Church 3) Our Identity 4) Our Righteousness 5) Salvation 6) Friend of God 7) Holiness: Be ye holy 8) Trusting God 9) The Word 10) Our Faith

FAMILY

1) Parents 2) Marriage 3) Teenagers 4) Divorce 5) Children 6) Spiritual Family 7) Adoption 8) Inheritance 9) Grandparents 10) Extended Family

OTHERS

1) Accountability 2) Forgiveness 3) Jealousy 4) Commitment 5) Sacrifice 6) Friendship 7) Service 8) Trust 9) Mentoring 10) Do Unto Others

CAREER

1) Dreams 2) Money 3) Weaknesses 4) Strengths 5) Stress Management 6) leadership 7) Great Follower 8) Wisdom 9) Organization 10) Work Ethic

SELF

1) Aging 2) Patience 3) Self-Control 4) Depression 5) Loneliness 6) Self Esteem 7) Fear 8) Temptation 9) Healing 10) Peace

Quest and Discovery are questions and answers that face head-on some of the most difficult situations life can bring your way. Based totally on the truth of Scripture, the cries of many hearts are answered in ways that make rising above the challenges of life seem attainable. Quest and Discovery addresses each of the five life areas to help you find God’s truth.

She Speaks offers the reader a chance to look at life through the eyes of the women in the Bible. These are inviting, first person accounts that allow the reader to truly relate to the joys, sorrows, victories, and defeats of these sisters from long ago.

Notes to Self contains fifty snippets of wisdom drawn straight from the Word of God. each presents a biblical insight, the supporting Scripture, and is followed by a personal resolution to challenge and encourage the reader. All five life areas are addressed with wisdom and hope.

A Place of Honor presents lessons of faith to be gained through the lives of ten biblical women of African descent. Their lives are used as object lessons to help you apply the truth of God’s Word to your life of faith.

Lyrical Expressions, like hidden treasures of wisdom, are poems that can be found periodically within the pages of this Bible. each of the five poems addresses real-life dilemmas and the resulting drama. And each will lead the reader to the foot of the cross—the only place true help can be found.

Empowered Faith are motivational articles, covering all five life areas. each article offers words of wisdom to help you find the trust and confidence we are called to place in our Father and those he has given us to enhance our lives. Through the Word of God, we are empowered to live fruitful, abundant lives fully engaged in the pursuit of healthy relationships with God and others.

What are your favorite aspects of the Sisters in Faith Bible? Why?

Michele Clark Jenkins
I loved writing She Speaks because in researching each of the 50 women of the Bible and writing their stories in the first person, I found that each one of them spoke to me and I learned something important for my own life. But, then of course, that’s the way God works. You think you are writing something to bless others and He uses it to bless you.

Stephanie Perry Moore
The devotionals truly spoke to me, as each one was personal and heartwarming. Having 50 Arise! entries that focuses on uplifting the African-American woman is exciting to me.

Why is the Sisters in Faith Bible a King James Translation of the Bible?

The African American church still use the King James Version of the Bible more than any other.

Which books in the Bible do you recommend for new believers and first-time readers of the Bible?

We absolutely suggest that new believers and first-time readers of the Bible go straight to the book of John. We think that the concept of God, the creator, is a concept embraced by many, but the idea that the God of the universe would come to earth and allow Himself to experience life as a human—and the lowest of all humans—is sometimes more difficult to grasp. But the love that God has for us, which made Him want to be able to say, “I know how you feel” is so well described in the Book of John, that it turns the righteous fear of God into an all consuming love and admiration for Him.

Which books in the Bible to you feel are especially unique to African-American women and why?

It’s all good, but personally, we would say go straight to the Book of Job. African- American women are known for being great believers while, at the same time, long-sufferers. We have no desire to be martyrs and want the promises of God in this life, but, like Job, we wonder in the hard times, “Where is God?” The Book of Job demonstrates not only the trust that God has placed with us—that our faith is strong enough to withstand the struggles, and strong enough so that we refuse to “curse God and die,”—but also that our lives are built upon our personal relationships with God and not what others tell us that relationship should be or how we should respond to God. We are known for going all out for God in our lives. That is just who we are.

What helpful hints do you have for beginners and advance readers navigating their way through the Sisters In Faith Holy Bible?

Go to the devotionals. There are 50 of them throughout the Bible. Use these as your meditation points throughout the year.

What have been the most challenging aspects of working on this unique custom Bible?

Not making it too personal. Stephanie and I are very different and come from different places and different experiences. It was tempting, I think, for both of us to say, “What I like, all African-American women will like.” That’s just not true so God put some diversity between us. That is actually why our tagline is “encourage and empower”. Stephanie is a more heart-felt person, and she embraced the warm and fuzzy parts of the project and I am more aggressive and embraced the empowering parts of the project. The truth is that you need both.

As you worked on the Sisters in Faith Holy Bible, what did you all discover and learn about the Bible that you did not know previously?

Everything! No matter how many times you read the Bible or study it, God will give you a fresh perspective. That is actually why we like doing the Bible, because we get immersed in the process of figuring out what God has for us while we look for what God has for our audience.

The Heart Behind the Sisters in Faith Community

We know as you browse this website for the first time, you must be asking yourself, “who and what are these ‘Sisters in Faith’?” The Sisters in Faith are both the audience and the authors of the Sisters in Faith brand. We are African-American women who seek God daily in our lives.

We, your co-founders, believe that there is a void of Christian material available that speaks directly to the needs and concerns of African-American women. Our goal with developing this brand and community is to create meaningful products, music, videos, seminars, online outlets, and conference opportunities that will lead African-American women to Jesus Christ and will encourage them in areas of life that are uniquely challenging to them.

When our precious Lord said in Mark 16:15 that we were to go into “all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”, He knew that we did not all speak alike, or act alike, communicate in the same way, or have the same experiences. God has made each of us “fearfully and wonderfully” different and intended for us to celebrate those differences, marveling at who God made us to be.

African-American women have long-suffered and long loved the Lord in such a way that being Christian and being an African-American woman is synonymous. But very little Christian product reveals the African-American woman’s voice to the body of Christ and almost none has been created to speak directly to her in a way that relates to her life and her struggles.

It is for this reason that we have created the Sisters in Faith brand, to not only encourage and empower African-American women, but also to demonstrate to them that Christ went to the cross for them, just as He did for each of his beloved.

This will be a journey for all of us to awaken a new and dynamic spirit. Thank you for joining us and walking with us as we follow what we believe God has called us to do.

With Blessings and Honor,

Michele Clark Jenkins & Stephanie Perry Moore

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