In the concluding chapter of Romans, Paul instructs the church in Rome to commend Phoebe, a sister in the Lord and, Scripture says, a servant to the church in Cenchreae. That’s Romans 16:1. He goes on to instruct the church to welcome Phoebe and help her in whatever she may need. Phoebe is not the only women in the New Testament serving like a missionary. Paul mentions and commends other missionary women, including Lydia who had a church meeting in her home.
At Redeeming Life Church, we need missionaries working alongside our church to see Utah reached with the gospel. Only about 3% of the entire state of Utah have a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. In the area where we serve—the west side of Salt Lake City, North Salt Lake, and Woods Cross—that number is under 2%. Utah is full of people who need the love and saving power of Jesus and more than half of them are women. So we believe it honors God and improves the work we are doing to have women missionaries serving in this hard place.
We are not arguing for women elders or preachers, so there’s no need to freak out. But we do believe, like in the Apostle Paul’s day, women can bring unique gifts and perspectives that many hard-charging, church-planting men might lack and are just as called to serve in hard places as men.
Sarah Powers is the woman missionary serving with us thanks to your support of women missionaries. Through the 16:1 Support Fund, Sarah is able to serve alongside Redeeming Life Church. She does a wide variety of mission work. The list includes evangelism and working with mission teams, developing and equipping the church to reach our city, caring for the saints, praying, discipling believers, and the many other odds and ends the mission field requires.
One easy way you can partner with us is by supporting our 16:1 Support ministry that allows us to have Sarah working on our team.
There are three ways you can make a donation:
1. Donate on Realm, our online communication system by following this link. (Please select the 16:1 Support Fund drop-down option). You will also have the option of setting up a reoccurring donation, if you’d like.
2. If you would prefer to give via text messaging, you may send a text stating "RLC 161Fund $(amount you desire to give)" to 73256. The system will send you a temporary, secure link so you can complete the transaction and receive a receipt.
3. Or you may send a check with “16:1 Fund” to:
Redeeming Life Church
901 Nocturne Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84116.
Thank you for partnering with us in God's mission to see Salt Lake City redeemed by the power of the Gospel.