It was nice to be able to talk to a classmate and be able to hear their story about where they are in ministry and in life. It was my pleasure to interview Shari.
Shari currently works as a Nursing Assistant and works with disabled children. For the last 21 years Shari has served in this capacity. For these individuals Shari helps feed, dress, and bathe her patients, all tasks that we take for granted and at a basic level give us a sense of independence. Shari enjoys her work but feels a deeper longing to preach the Word.
Shari named Giving and Visions as her talents and strengths that she recognized in herself. Other people close and around her have also helped confirm these gifts as well as one she did not mention at first. That is the gift of healing. Shari went on to tell me about a dream that she had about a friend. She confronted her friend with the dream, which became a reality. Thru prayer Shari was able to see healing take place in saving of her friend’s baby’s life. Sharii was very insistent not only in sharing this story but thru out the entire interview that this was not done in her strength but only by the strength of God. Later on in our interview Shari also would name Encouragement as another one of strengths.
As we moved from strengths to her perception of weaknesses, she was quick to mention the language barrier. I would like to interject however, that she has a beautiful accent and she was able to articulate herself very clearly. I had no trouble understanding her and at least to me she didn’t seem to struggle finding words. Another area that she mentioned and is very closely connected to language is that of Public Speaking. The thought of speaking in front of large crowds makes her nervous. She is currently working on speaking in front of smaller groups to gain confidence.
Shari states that in order to be successful in a ministry role that you need to be two things. First, you have to be faithful to God. She went on to explain that no matter where God calls you to go and no matter what God calls you to do, God will give you the strength to do it. And the secondly, to be successful you have to be honest to people.
The answer to what makes your heart grieve came quick, without any hesitation. People who are lost! This was another theme that continued to come up thru our interview. It is very clear that Shari has a passion not for a specific segment of people but for the World. To lead people to Christ so they can experience the same joy that she has. Not surprisingly what makes her heart rejoice is seeing people come to Christ. Shari again emphasized the fact that we have to be faithful to go and do what God tells us to do, and that all of this is accomplished in Gods strength not our own.
When it comes to working with groups or working independently Shari has seen a shift in her preference. It used to be she would much rather work independently. She noted that this was probably due to the language issue discussed above. She has seen a shift to working with teams as she has begun to understand that you have to walk together. She used examples of the disciples and other Biblical characters to emphasis her point. She stated people are more powerful when they work together.
People who think they know it all are the people that Shari finds most difficult to deal with. People who think they are perfect and have it all together. She also noted that people who fall into this category also thinks they can do everything themselves. She finds these types of people frustrating because you can never speak truth into their life. One of the areas we did find in this conversation that is Universal is dealing with our own kids. Someone can say the very same thing to our kids that we have been saying for years before they will accept it. Kids already know it all when the information comes from mom and dad.
After dealing with people who know it all, and to decompress from stress Shari spends time in prayer. For her this is the best stress reliever there is. She also mentions that getting adequate amounts of sleep (AMEN!!) and eating properly are important to relieve stress. Shari enjoys cooking and her favorite meal is meat pie and biscuits. I am not sure what meat pie is but it sounds delicious and she agreed that it may not be part of the healthy eating prescription for stress.