I watch people live their lives. I find it fascinating because people tell us in all sorts of ways, who they are and what they are living for. In watching Sue Wells' life for many years, I can say confidently that people are important to Sue. She shows this through her choices and priorities. She organizes her life in such a way to connect people to the life that is found only in Jesus. Sue, (wife of our General Superintendent David), recently chatted with ZOE Projects. We wanted to pick her brain and hear what she has been up to lately. May it inspire you!
Leanne and the ZOE Team
PS - If you want to stretch yourself to the point of "Being Scared" like Sue, check out www.zoeleadership.org...because we can help with that!
Interview with Sue...
Who are you?
“Nana” is my favourite label, along with wife and mom.
Professionally, I’m “The Decorating Coach”.
Walking, biking, gardening, decorating and reading are my favourite pastimes.
Where do you ministry/serve?
First, I don’t identify ministry as what I do within a church context.
When I travel with Dave across the world, my goal is to get to know our workers and encourage them any way I can.
Whether or not I do anything up front is of no importance to me.
Locally, I’m very involved in my church’s mission’s team and organizing our yearly mission’s event.
How did you start serving there?
Ministry at Burlington Glad Tidings church is kind of a miracle.
When we moved to Ontario, knowing that local church attendance would be random because of our travel, I was sad that it would be the first time that I didn’t have the regular connection of a local church body.
I got involved in project-based ministries, like kid’s summer camp and from there, other opportunities opened up.
What is your favourite part about your ministry?
I love speaking at women’s events, but what dominates my passion is how I can reach my community.
Who has been your greatest influence in your development as a leader?
I study leader’s lives outside the church context.
Eileen Stewart doesn’t reveal her age, but she just never stops.
I’m blown away by how she always finds ways to show her faith to strangers.
What would you say to people who are hesitant to serve in their community?
I would say that reaching out is “Christianity 101.”
Jesus didn’t make service an “elective” only if we feel gifted or comfortable and church involvement doesn’t give us a pass.
Assume that people want to hear about your faith.
I’ve talked to so many who don’t have a clue that people like us even exist!
Also, count on Christ.
You carry His presence with you and you don’t have to come up with all the clever answers.
When I share my involvement in global missions, my Buddhist friend asks, “Why?”
I answer that it is because “In the Christian faith, everyone is equally valuable to God.”
That is unheard of in most circles.
I just met my new dentist, who is a Muslim from Jordan.
As I tell him all that we are doing for refugees, his eyes fill with tears and he asks, “How can I help, what can I give?”
Instead of getting angry at losing the traditional greeting of “Merry Christmas,” in our Canadian culture, I organized a carol sing at my local café.
A university gal participated, but she didn’t know one song in the twenty-page booklet.
Sometimes, I freak out as to how I’m going to make the next steps happen in my relationships with people, but the Lord reminds me that He is the boss.
What are your next steps for ministry in 2016?
I qualify for senior’s discounts! I also am writing a study/book about women being all the more valuable to the Kingdom as we age.
I want to make “being scared” part of the supernaturally normal.
It’s the only way to live.