The People Series: Tamara Trujillo

At A Seattle Church, we believe in community, we believe in people, and we believe in the power of sharing stories. This year we will be documenting stories from members of our community each month. We believe that by sharing their stories, others will be encouraged to pursue their callings, to love their neighbor, and to be a light to our city and the world. 

Tamara came to ASC this past October, and has been a light to our community as we continue to get to know her and walk through life together. A few weeks ago, she boldly shared her story with us. Born in Seoul, South Korea and abandoned on the streets to be found by Holt International Adoption Agency, Tamara was adopted by a family here in Washington. It seems she was born into a life marked by hardship, starting on the streets of Seoul and continuing as her life continued.

Growing up in a household surrounded by abusive relationships, experiencing numerous miscarriages, 2 failed marriages, domestic violence and a recent stroke; Tamara has been through more than most. And yet, when she walks in a room, you can’t help but feel the joy of the Lord permeating the space she is in. Tamara says that “can’t is not in [her] vocabulary because she can do all things through Christ who gives her strength.”

The last year has been a testament to the strength that God gives her. In her personal search for love, she nearly lost everything she had. A year ago, she followed the path to Hope Place where against all doubt and denial, she started a one-year recovery program to help her get on her feet after leaving a situation of domestic violence.

This year has been full of growth, learning, and perseverance. Going through counseling, learning to set boundaries and living in healthy relationships of accountability and grace. Things are looking up greatly for Tamara as she moves into housing this week and can finally live closer to her daughter, Chloe.

Tamara’s story is inspiring by the posture of gratitude and love that she has operated out of through it all. It is often so easy to feel alone, to feel isolated in broken places and fall into hopelessness; yet in faith and trust, Tamara pushed on, knowing fully that God was and is and always will be with her throughout her journey. This reassurance and hope is what she holds fast to through it all and that is a beautiful gift to experience alongside her. 


Hoist Your Sail: Week 10

Hoist your Sail # 10

What if someone walked up to you and asked you, “What must I do to be saved?”. 
What would your answer be?  Would you invite them to church, your community group?  Would you call a Pastor?  If you wanted to share the gospel with them, do you know what you’d say?  

In A Seattle Churches elementary Sunday school class, we have been working on a simple gospel presentation. Our goal is that our kids know the gospel for themselves, and then know how to share with their friends.  The method your kids are learning is called Gospel In Motion. This was first introduced by Charles Spurgeon in 1866.  Preaching at the metropolitan tabernacle in London, his sermon was entitled, “The wordless book”. 
The Gospel In Motion is the wordless book set to motion in a two minute format.
Our friends at Doxa Church in Bellevue recorded it for me.

Please have your kids review this as often as possible. We will be presenting it to the whole church soon.
On Sunday your kids heard the story of Paul preaching in Athens from Acts 17:16-34

Our Big picture question: How do people hear about Jesus?

Answer: The Holy Spirit speaks through Christians to tell others about Jesus so they may repent and be saved.

Read ahead:  Paul’s third journey from Acts 18:1-4, 24-28, 20:17-38

- Deborah Rowe, Director of Families on Mission

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The Seven

Week 8 of The Way: a new series on the Book of Acts

Sunday Passage: 

Acts 6:1-7 (Hear Tyler's sunday sermon here)


In Acts 6, a group of early church leaders are commissioned to “wait tables” (Diakonein) for widows who had been neglected in the disbursement of the community's food. This delegation from the apostles turned out to be one of the most significant ministry decisions the early church made! It empowered an incredible group of 7 leaders with the opportunity to take up the mantle of the churches “works of service” (Eph 4:13). This enabled the apostles to continue to spread the word of God rapidly as Jesus had commissioned them to do (Acts 1:8). Without making this choice, Acts 6 tells us that many disciples would not have been made through the church’s preaching in both word and deed (1 John 3:18). By empowering servant leaders, many more disciples were added to their community.

This new role reflected Christ’s ministry. He came not to be served but to be a servant (a Diakonein). In Luke 23, Jesus says that His greatest leaders are to be counter-cultural and not like the rulers of our world who lord over others. Instead they will serve their guests and get up from the table to get down and wash the feet of their guests just like He did. The highest seat at the table in God’s kingdom goes to the servants who like Jesus are “among you as one who serves”.

Jesus made it beautifully and abundantly clear that the food still needs to be served to those in need. It wouldn't have been enough to tell the Hellenistic (Greek-speaking) widows that "God provides". Instead these 7 appointed Greek leaders led their fellow Hebraic (born in Israel) Christians to not neglect those on the margins of their community. Jesus himself fed 5000 and then another 4000 and didn't send the people away hungry as his disciples wanted to (Matthew 15:32).

The apostle Paul calls us to never come to the communion table in a way that is desecrated because others aren't receiving they food they need (1 Cor. 11:27). To instead “give to anyone as they have need.” (Luke 6:30). By practical care for our neighbors like the 7 servant leaders in Acts, those we serve will be freed to receive “food that will never perish”. To hear good news and become “people not living by bread alone, but by every word from God”.

Could you imagine if we were a community known for our care for each other and the least of these?


  • how has god served you in your time of need? how have others helped you experience god's love through meeting your practical needs?

  • How are you tempted to get yours at the expense of others in need? does a fear of "not enough to go around" keep you from serving others?

  • Where is god calling you to "wait tables" like Jesus and "the seven" in acts 6?

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