“Enter to Worship, Leave to Serve” is the motto of my church, Apostolic Temple of Jesus Christ (ATJC), and they have truly been a ministry of ‘God’s Love in Action’ to me. When I talk about, think of or feel their many expressions of love towards me, I sometimes weep with overwhelming heartfelt gratitude for the people of this love-inspired ministry.
I joined ATJC after moving back to Queens when I could no longer afford my Bronx apartment. It had been a year and a half since I stepped out on faith and resigned from my job in 2010 to pursue ministry full-time. I depleted my 401K and faced eviction before I had the know how, drive, courage or confidence to monetize my gifts and abilities and create a sustainable ministry. I was always more comfortable working behind the scenes to bless others through my time and talents. I always felt that gifts of the heart were more valuable and, or maybe because, I never had much money or material assets.
Jo Anne Meekins is the founder of Inspired 4 U Ministries and Inspired 4 U Publications; and an author, publisher, coach and speaker.