T2 Women Living It Out – Katie Stewart
By Carri Pratt
“If you use what God has given you,
you can change the world.” Katie Stewart
Katie Stewart was on a family vacation in Jamaica when she felt God’s pull on her life. She looked around at the poverty and need, and knew she had to do something about it. Her next visit to Jamaica was not for an annual family vacation but a family outreach.
Since that time, Katie has been active in serving the people of Jamaica, Haiti, Brazil and Costa Rica with an organization called IsleGo Missions. She works as an outreach director for The ARK Angel Network, ministering to at-risk-children around the world and participates in Bible studies, orphan care and student scholarship programs for individuals in need. She is also a graduate of Arizona State University and the Preschool Director for St. Timothy Church in Bedford, Texas.
Katie is on her way to Costa Rica this week to lead a team of 26 as they partner with a Surfing Ministry known as Radical Life Ministries. This organization ministers to the local residents, many of whom were surfers who made their way from Nicaragua assuming great prosperity in Costa Rica only to find devastating poverty. Many of these families now live in a hidden community of shacks off of the river and find themselves in desperate need of resources.
Please pray for Katie Stewart and the men, women and children of Costa Rica. Pray that there would be much fruit for God’s Kingdom, for safe passage for Katie and her travel companions and for the ministers and volunteers of Radical Life Ministries.
Words of Wisdom from Katie:
T2W: How can women make a difference?
Katie: Know that if God has given you a heart for something there is a place to use it. Ask God what He wants you to do.
T2W: How do women know if God is calling them to service?
Katie: It is harder to grasp when you realize that it is not a request, it is a command. Don’t make excuses. Pray about it and have faith.
T2W: What do you hear most often from women?
Katie: 99% of people tell me, “I would love to do something like that but I can’t afford it.” It is so easy and temping to spend money on ourselves when there are so many (people we don’t easily see) who struggle every day.
T2W: What can women do for themselves and to encourage other women?
Katie: Spend time with God, Read the Bible, Pray for God to lead you to who He wants you to help, He will lead you. Live it out every single day. We are at a disadvantage when we have everything we want. Why would we need a relationship with God? Take out the “things” and focus on God. We need to slow down and seek things that are eternal.
T2W: What is your favorite Bible Verse?
Katie: Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.”