There are a few people in my life for whom I will always be known as pastor. I heard from some dear sweet folks like that this week. Some may know them: Don and Sue Cork. They live in California and I was their pastor from 1976 through 1983. Their son, Matthew, is one of my preacher boys: young men I may have influenced over the course of my vocational ministry. Matthew is now Lead Pastor at the Yorba Linda Friends Church, where he has served for over 20 years.
They graced us with a copy of Matthew’s new book, Why Not Today: Trafficking, Slavery, the Global Church and You. Matthew leads a 100-year-old congregation to pursue one of its core values: compassionate justice. In response to the Scriptural mandate in Proverbs 31:8-9 — “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy,” Matthew leads his people to fight for freedom by empowering the marginalized and enslaved.
Three hundred million — that’s the number of people subjected to slavery, sex-trafficking, discrimination, and unspeakable poverty in India. That’s the same number of people as live in the entire USA. They are the Dalit people, the untouchables. Matthew was moved to commit his church to partner with The Dalit Freedom Network to build 200 schools over ten years, a commitment of over $20 million. And they are doing it. The movement has gained such momentum that a dramatic, feature-length film, Not Today (Nottodaythemovie.com) is being produced and promoted by the same group that did so for Courageous, Facing the Giants and Fireproof.
The book tells the story of the Dalit people and the rising efforts to set them free, in both soul and society. It is a story of both brokenness and hope, of oppression and freedom. It calls the reader to join in the movement to freedom and restoration.
The Cork’s were very complimentary of their former pastor and his wife. It blessed me to know we can touch the hearts and lives of people who never forget and they achieve far more than we could ask or imagine. To God be the glory!
David F. Nixon, D.Min.
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