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SOPHIA

My name’s Sophia and I’m a 2nd year Christ in the City missionary from Hamptom, VA.

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What brought you to Christ in the City?

God’s abundant graces and His most tender heart brought me to CIC through the desire to love those most impoverished. Weekly homeless ministry grew my love of service and a FOCUS missionary hailing from Nebraska pushed me to be bold in my desires to serve. I spent 72 hours in Denver during the fall of 2019 and a year later during my second visit, I knew that the immense peace I found there was God affirming my desires to become a missionary.

How has Christ in the City helped you grow?

My year at Christ in the City has taught me how to love and be loved. I felt my heart transition from a cold, hardened heart to a pierced heart overflowing with love for my community, my friends on the street, and Jesus Christ. I have encountered my own poverty and embraced it through walking with consistent friends and having one-off encounters on the streets. Recognizing my own brokenness has allowed a space for healing and love. As I encounter the poor on the streets, they too encounter me. As I have shown my brokenness repeatedly in my community, they fill me with love and joy. Our core virtues of availability, reverence, magnanimity, joy, and humility have guided my growth this year. Living with 30-some young adults has raised me to a greater standard of communication and patience. I have a keen awareness of how much I have received this in acts of love, big and small.  

A bit about me

I am convinced of the following things: coffee is better black, the best conversations are had around a table, no word of gratitude should ever go unspoken, sitting in the sun does wonders to the mind, things are funnier when you’re supposed to be silent, running is not fun, reading is important, the world needs Marthas AND Marys, and our hearts sing when we let Jesus love us.

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Watch Zach’s testimony below to hear what it means to him to be Known & Loved.