We represent the Kingdom of God in a foreign and an alien world. We are citizens of two communities–the community of God and the community in which we live.
What is an ambassador? Representing Christ and minister reconciliation to the world. We are called not to do our will, but Christ’s. The debt of sin has been paid in full. The books are balanced so far as God is concerned.
* Dr. Kathi Aultman WINNER 2020
Aultman's journey from abortionist to advocate for the unborn was one of many stages and hampered by her position as a doctor.
Dr. Kathi Aultman, who has said she has likely killed more people than Ted Bundy, previously worked as a medical director for Planned Parenthood. Now pro-life, she shared the moments that lead to her pro-life conversion with Live Action president Lila Rose. She told Rose that there were three specific patients whose abortions caused her to quit her job.
The first time Aultman felt qualms about doing abortions was during her neo-natal rotations; then she was trying to save babies of the same gestational age as the babies she was aborting. But it was the birth of her own daughter that stopped her from killing any more unborn children.
"I finally made the connection between 'fetus' and 'baby' and could no longer do abortions," the doctor said. "The fact that the baby was unwanted was no longer reason enough for it to be killed."
Aultman's conversion was far from complete, however. Believing the lie that having a baby out of wedlock inevitably destroyed a young woman's life, she continued to refer for abortions. However, the doctor's view changed when she noticed that young mothers thrived in comparison to their bereft sisters.
"I noticed that those who kept their babies did well in contrast to those who were dealing with the physical and psychological consequences of abortion," she said.
"My perspective was challenged as I watched children in my church who were almost aborted grow up." (read more)
* Juliana Taimoorazy (Iraqi Christian Relief Council)
Juliana Taimoorazy is the founder and President of the Iraqi Christian Relief Council, an organization that raises awareness about the persecuted church in Iraq and helps Assyrian Christians resettle in Illinois, Michigan, Massachusetts and Arizona.
Through her activism and media appearances, Taimoorazy has worked tirelessly to promote the cause of Assyrian Christians in the U.S. While volunteering for Catholic Charities, she has mentored young women arriving in the U.S. She has also volunteered with Operation Homefront in Illinois, an organization that provides emergency financial and other assistance to the families of our service members and wounded warriors.
Taimoorazy was smuggled into Switzerland in 1989 to avoid religious persecution in her native Iran. After spending seven days in a monastery in Zurich, she was smuggled into Germany where she sought asylum in the U.S embassy. In 1990 she immigrated to the U.S with the refugee status. As an Assyrian Christian living in Iran, Taimoorazy learned to be multi-lingual at a young age, and is fluent in English, Farsi, and Assyrian. She obtained her Masters degree in Instructional Design from Northeastern Illinois University. In addition to being an entrepreneur, she has also worked as a journalist for a local television station in Chicago. As a child, she would take her sister’s hairbrush and stand in front of the mirror and act as a news reporter – even before she learned how to read and write. She currently is a radio host for Nineveh Radio. (read more) https://iraqichristianrelief.org/
* David Eubank (Soldier of God) Free Burma Rangers
David Eubank, a former U.S. Army Special Forces and Ranger officer, is the founder and leader of the Free Burma Rangers (FBR), a humanitarian service movement for oppressed ethnic minorities of all races and religions in the Burma, Kurdistan and Sudan war zones. Along with relief, his personal mission is to share the love of Jesus Christ and to help people be free from oppression. FBR teams are comprised of men and women of different ethnicities and faiths that are united for freedom by the bond of love and service. David, his wife Karen and their three children: Sahale, 15; Suuzanne, 13; and Peter, 10; work alongside the 70 ethnic FBR relief teams in the conflict areas of Burma giving help, hope and love and recently began relief missions to help the Kurds under attack by ISIS in Iraq. FBR also conducts relief missions in the Nuba Mountains of Sudan. The Eubank family started the Global Day of Prayer for Burma and the Good Life Club family outreach program. (read more)
* Annahita Parsan ( Journey from muslin to Christian Pastor in Sweden)
Annahita Parsan is an ordained minister (similar to a pastor or parish priest in the Catholic Church) in the Church of Sweden. Her story is a reminder of how many other non-Catholic Christians (Lutherans, Protestants etc), also devout their life to Christ in a generous way. Annahita experienced being married, a widow, a single mother, divorce, poverty and being a refugee. She journeyed from being a Muslim to not wanting to hear about God until she finally discovered the quiet whisper of Jesus in her heart even though she didn’t really know who he is. To date Annahita Parsan has contributed to the conversion of more than 1,500 people. (read more)
* Matt Slater ( Team Leader)
Slater shared how his faith in Jesus is bigger than football. "To me, my faith is everything," Slater said in an interview with the Gospel Herald. "I was fortunate to be brought up in a Christian home with two parents that feared the Lord, and they raised me to fear the Lord as well."
30-year-old Slater is the son of NFL Hall of Famer Jackie Slater, who played 20 years of professional football as an offensive lineman for the Los Angeles Rams and St. Louis Rams. Matthew feels blessed to be able to follow in his father's footsteps, and considers it an honor to "represent the name on my back."
Slater is not only a man who talks publicly about his faith, but practices it as well as he constantly gives generously to a number of charities and non-profit organisations such as Samaritan's Purse .( read more) https://www.theinsightfulplayer.com/2014/07/27/matthew-slater/
Dr. Rick Sacra (Ebola Mission in Liberia)
"At the height of the Ebola epidemic ravaging West Africa and spreading fear around the world, Dr. Rick Sacra, serving with the mission SIM, voluntarily returned from furlough in Massachusetts to assist his colleagues at ELWA Hospital in the capital city of Monrovia, Liberia,"
"I was just focusing on the Lord. I tell you I hung on to the Lord's Prayer like a drowning man," Sacra told CBN's Heather Sells. "I prayed through that prayer many times a day and just wept through it most of the time."
During his battle with Ebola, Debbie Sacra was unable to be at her husband's bedside because of the highly contagious nature of the virus. She remembers reading scriptures with him via Skype. (read more)
* Jeremy Kraus ( Thrive Rescue)
Thrive Rescue is an international anti-trafficking organization working to provide effective and restorative aftercare for survivors of child trafficking and exploitation through family-style residential aftercare and prevention programs.
The trafficking and exploitation of children is a global injustice that reaches and affects the most vulnerable of all countries. We also seek to provide preventative services and connect with local communities through our hunger relief program. (read more) https://thriverescue.org/jeremy-kraus