Thank you for reading my blog during National Black History Month. I highlighted just a few of my heroes. I have heard of more and have even met some that will be highlighted soon. I do pray that as you’ve seen these people, your own call to missions has become real and strong!
Here’s my story:
Lloyd and Jan Chinn are native to Texas. Lloyd from Edna, TX and Jan from Houston, TX. The Chinns met, married and their careers were rising when Lloyd sensed the Lord’s leading into ministry. In 1998, the Chinns moved to Dallas and Lloyd attended Dallas Theological Seminary with a plan to return to their home church in Houston to engage in faith based community economic development.
In 1999, Lloyd was invited to Ghana on his first short term mission trip – he knew his call was missions then. The next year Lloyd took Jan and their children to Ghana, they returned twice and Jan committed to her calling then. Their passion was leadership development. Lloyd graduated from DTS in 2002 with his ThM – Educational Leadership. The Chinns were appointed by WorldVenture in 2002. They served in Ghana from 2004 to 2014 doing Pastoral and Church Leader Development, Women’s Empowerment, and Community Development. In Ghana the Lord used them and built a Leadership Development Center, a Short Term Missions house (where they lived); and a Poultry Farm. In 2014 their mission agency, WorldVenture, appointed them as the International Ministries Leaders for Africa.
A major joy for the Chinns has been that African American churches supported them to ensure they were on their way
Lloyd and Jan are the 2nd African American couple appointed by WorldVenture
Lloyd and Jan are the 1st African American couple to serve as International Ministries Leaders for Africa.
Lloyd’s firm message to the African American church is:
We recently received a call from our director telling us that our 97% supported number was skewed by supporters who made commitments that were not kept. He was apologizing to us for making what was obviously a difficult call for him. What he didn’t know was that on this side of the world we could not even move our minds toward discouragement, fear or unbelief. Only one thing came to mind was the fact that God’s promises that His grace is sufficient. Sufficient!! The way that sufficient is used in 2 Corinthians tells us that His grace is all that we need and will provide the support we need to bear up under the weight of the issue! All Sufficient Grace from the God that is dependable and true! A grace that we will be awed by at just the moment when our lack seems overwhelming. REAL! TRUE! GRACE!
Anyway … I was thinking about our director telling us that we were not fully supported and all I could think about was that we had the fullest and most reliable support that we needed; the Word of our God and His calling upon our lives.
So as I sit back and watch God work miracle after miracle for the people of Ghana in ways that we cannot begin to understand, as I think about the lives that are being enriched and changed by the power of the gospel and God’s choice to use us as vessels of honor – what I know beyond all doubt is that His grace is sufficient – He is all that we need. Because His calling on our lives is sure – we have no doubt – I know with full assurance that this ministry is indeed fully supported! His Grace Is Sufficient – therefore, I will lean into His presence, in full and complete dependence, knowing that He finishes what He starts. That, as Pastor Rodney Frazier says, “where He guides He will provide”.
“But He said to me, My grace (My favor and loving- kindness and mercy) is enough for you [sufficient against any danger and enables you to bear the trouble manfully]; for My strength and power are made perfect (fulfilled and completed) and show themselves most effective in [your] weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9
OH! For ten thousand tongues to say, I thank you Lord for your amazing grace! – Kathy Taylor
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.--Romans 8:38-39