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August 2017 Member of the Month: R. DeAndre Johnson

R. DeAndre Johnson serves at Christ Church Sugar Land (United Methodist) in Sugar Land, TX. In The Fellowship he has experienced the tremendous blessing of connecting and collaborating with colleagues in their quest to be more faithful to God’s call to make disciples for the transformation of the world. The Fellowship has offered him both practical ideas for ministry and reflections on the praxis of ministry, and has helped widen his field of focus, given energy, sparked creativity, and reminded him that he is not alone in the successes and failures of ministry.

Favorite worship resources include Sing of the World Made New: Hymns of Justice, Peace and Christian Responsibility (Hope Publishing); Prayers for a Privileged People by Walter Bruggemann (Abingdon); Psalms for All Seasons: A Complete Psalter for Worship (Faith Alive); Africana Worship Book: Year A, B, C (Discipleship Resources); and Africana Hymnal: Black Sacred Music (Abingdon).

This story illuminates DeAndre’s ministry:

A young mother in our congregation shared how God had transformed her and her family through worship. They had been wrestling with a call to adopt children from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). However, they became overwhelmed by many barriers and obstacles. Soon after they had mostly decided to give up on their call, they were praying together at the altar rail after receiving communion when the congregation began to sing: “For everyone born, a place at the table ... a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing.... and God will delight when we are creators of justice and joy, compassion and peace...” In that moment, everything they had been praying for seemed to coalesce into a singular answer: “Yes!” They responded to the invitation to provide “a shelter, a space, a safe place for growing...” for others, especially orphans in the DRC. Today, after a two-year struggle, their family of five is complete with 2 precious siblings from the DRC.

The ministries of Fellowship members overflow with powerful witnesses to the Spirit at work through worship arts.

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