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Faith Over Fear

with Jennifer Slattery, Jodie Bailey and Shellie Arnold

Episode 16: The Courage to Advocate for the Marginalized

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As followers of Christ, we are His representatives to a hurting and broken world. We’re called to live and love as He did, and Jesus sought out the marginalized and oppressed and called out the oppressor.

In this episode, Jennifer Slattery’s daughter, Ashley Chester, shares her battle against a university’s Student Services of Disabilities Office to see that they were actually enforcing the accommodations they were legally required to honor. Initially, her fight was personal as she fought against abuses of power she experienced. But as she became more connected with other students with disabilities, she realized her battle extended beyond her. While this was a difficult and stressful time, God used it to grow her into a woman of strength and to present her with numerous opportunities she likely wouldn’t have enjoyed otherwise.

Find Jennifer Slattery at:
JenniferSlatteryLivesoutLoud
https://www.facebook.com/JenSlatte

Find her ministry, Wholly Loved, at:
https://whollyloved.com/

Group Discussion Questions:

1. What are some injustices or abuses of power God has allowed you to see?
2. How do you normally respond when you see abuses of power?
3. Is there anyone God might be calling you to advocate for?
4. What does godly advocacy look like?
5. What are some fears that keep you from advocating for others in a godly way?
6. Consider a cause you feel drawn to. How connected are you to the community most affected by that cause?
7. Why is relationship important when we advocate?
8. What are some ways to advocate for others in a way that speaks honor?
9. If you have accepted the call of advocate, how is God growing you through your efforts?

Episode Image Credit: Getty/Malte Mueller
August 05, 2020
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Jennifer Slattery is an author, speaker, and ministry leader passionate about helping God's children reach their full potential and live fully surrendered to Christ. Find her online at https://www.JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com.
Jodie Bailey is a Carolina girl who believes in the transformational power of the story when God is allowed to hold the pen. As an Army wife, she developed a love for serving and speaking to other Army spouses as a Protestant Women of the Chapel study leader, a Family Readiness Group leader, and an Army Family Team Building instructor. She began her writing career by creating content for PWOC’s international e100 women’s study and contributing to military family devotions and blogs. She is also a multi-published inspirational fiction author. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, her daughter, and two dogs. You can stop by and say hi at http://www.jodiebailey.com.
As a writer and speaker, Shellie Arnold has published articles, written weekly devotional curriculum, taught at writers’ conferences, spoken at homeschooling events, and conducted classes, seminars, and retreats for various church groups. A home school mom of over twenty years, she knows the unique challenges stay-at-home moms face. As a sexual abuse survivor, she understands the long-term effects trauma can have, even for believers. She has three published novels: The Spindle Chair, Sticks and Stones, and Abide With Me, all of which depict the “perfect storms” in marriage - what happens when our weaknesses hit head-on, and we’re both left wondering if anything can be salvaged. Visit her at http://www.shelliearnold.com.
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