Phylicia’s Personal Journey
"And So My Heart Bleeds"
On October 8, 1992, I confessed my need for a Savior, repented of my sins, received Jesus Christ’s eternal gift of salvation, and was immediately born into God’s family. Needless to say, I’ve never been the same. From that time until the present, God has been doing a great work in my life.
For the past 20 years my heart’s desire and goal in life has been to use whatever God-given talent or ability I have to be an encouragement to those I come in contact with and make a positive impact in their lives. Through God’s amazing grace and the love and support of a vast number of people, I have been blessed to have the opportunity to minister to women and children of all ages in several different countries. In February 2005, I had an encounter with a traveling singing group that would forever alter my view of ministry to others.
A group of young men, known as the Zambian Vocal Collection, came to the church I was attending to provide special music during the church’s annual mission conference. Their blend of a-cappella harmonies combined with biblical truth were like a soothing, healing balm. Hearing their burden for the people of Zambia, Africa touched me in such a profound way that I began to pray that the Lord would allow me to serve him on the mission field (in fact, by the end of the conference I was convinced that my husband and I were supposed to be missionaries to Zambia. I was so convinced that I woke my husband up in the middle of the night to tell him so - not the smartest thing I've ever done)!
In 2007 that desire to serve on the mission field became a reality when I embarked on my first mission trip to…Nicaragua. Little did I know the impact that trip would have in preparing me to walk obediently “baby step by baby step” in following God’s plan for my life. While in Nicaragua, I met some incredible women of faith who had been praying for years that God would send someone to help train and equip them to minister, alongside their husbands, to the people in their congregation and community. What a tremendous learning experience that was for me.
In 2008 my dream of going to Zambia, Africa was fulfilled. That missions journey afforded me the opportunity to witness the depth of the spiritual, economic and humanitarian needs of the country and her people. Women, in particular, led incredibly difficult lives due to the AIDS epidemic, civil unrest, and cultural mores. I was so overwhelmed by the vastness of the needs I saw; the burden was smothering. I must confess I was ready to come home. However, just as the prophet Jeremiah wept over the desolation of his precious Jerusalem, God’s lesson to me was this: "Yes, weep for these dear people but don’t turn your eyes away. Let your heart bleed and be willing to empathize with them." My eyes truly did affect my heart.
The experience I gained on those mission trips coupled with the insight I've received from my volunteer work with women and children over the years play a significant role in guiding the focus and vision of the ministry of Sisterhood Of Servants today. "I know that I am only one voice, but my goal is to use my voice to challenge, inspire, motivate, and equip women around the globe to re-examine the concepts of sisterhood and servanthood, have the courage to look past the façade to really see the needs of the people in their circles of influence, and be willing to implement a plan of action to meet those needs."
We truly can impact the planet in a positive way, one person at a time, by having a heart for service and a heart for others.