Pamela Hanson, relatively new to the EP, introduces herself in these words:
“I am single and have been a Christian since 1981. I was raised in the Evangelical Covenant Church but have been a member of a PCUSA church for 17 years. Feeling unsatisfied, I left my job as a family doctor in 2000, at age 46, to seek a situation where I could be doing God’s work in community with God’s people. He led me to Tegucigalpa, Honduras, where I now work with Pastor Rafael Maradiaga, also a physician. Pastor Rafael and his wife and family have adopted me, and I them. God has unexpectedly knit us together across national, cultural and racial boundaries.
“Pastor Rafael received the vision to come alongside poor pastors in the squatter communities ringing the city, after a stroke in 2001 left him unable to work as a doctor, He began discipling twelve pastors in 2004, and I joined him in 2005. My vision is to see the pastors of Honduras lead the Church in taking back the position and role that God intends for her, in their communities and the world.
“Our primary praxis is presence and relationship. We do not have a detailed plan, but simply (hah!) try to live out the Kingdom. A key feature is that we fight creeping busy-ness so that we are available for ‘divine appointments’. Our projects have grown out of the conversations we have had with our pastors. We haltingly begin a project with many mistakes and work out the theory – and the bugs – later. Not the approach I would have chosen, being a perfectionist. But as they say in Ecuador, ‘nothing works, but everything works out.’
“The center of our ministry, Jehovah Jireh Project, is shalom–healing and wholeness for humanity and all of God’s good creation. Our primary emphases include pastor training and a literacy program. Presently the practical expressions include a micro-enterprise loan fund, a septic field initiative and a scholarship program.
“I heard about The Ekklesia Project from my best friend, who learned about it from the youth pastor at her church. I attended two annual Gatherings before I left for the foreign mission field. I resist with every fiber of my being the culture’s vision of faith as merely private and personal, and the civil religion which seeks to co-opt the Church for the purposes of the State. I aim to make everything I am and do proclaim the power and sovereignty of the God I see revealed in Jesus Christ to the fallen powers and principalities of this world. I long to see the Church be more and more the light to the world that God intends – I grieve over her failings while rejoicing in the knowledge that God is surely carrying out his purposes through her, ‘lame’ as she often is. It is an encouragement to me to be part of The Ekklesia Project, to know that others are intentionally living out the Kingdom and to learn from them.”