When did Unashamed Impact begin, and why? UNASHAMED IMPACT is a non-profit movement organization founded by Brittney Moses on July 27th 2012. The purpose is to unite young believers worldwide to be an example of what it looks like to live a positive lifestyle completely dedicated to Christ. This movement is breaking down the walls between race, denomination, location, background and gathering every soul willing to take a stand to be a light in this world. Unashamed Impact gives an opportunity that fosters the visions of young leaders and provides the tools they need to grow and create change in their city to their fullest potential through 4 dynamics: Fellowship, Making an Impact (Social Justice & Community Outreach), Being an Example and Evangelism.
What is your greatest hope for this community? Our greatest hope for this community is to raise up a generation of young Believers who are dedicated to the Faith. Bold, unashamed, and on fire for the Gospel of Jesus Christ our hope is to serve our generation and one another in love, excellence, and dedication to foster their growth into becoming the leader God has called them to be.
Has the vision remained the same or has it changed as Unashamed Impact has grown/expanded? We’re so excited for the direction Unashamed Impact is headed in! We are on a mission for the future with no doubt that where we are now isn’t anywhere near where we always will be. Two years ago, let’s face it, UI (Unashamed Impact) was simply a hashtag that stood for young leaders dedicated to standing for their uncompromising faith in Christ and making an active positive impact in our world. What was once a hashtag that exploded across the Twittersphere soon became a movement and then an organization before you knew it the vision kept growing, developing, and gaining clearer insight. We knew that if we wanted to be influential to this generation in a very practical way we’d need to target two areas of society: Our Communities (and being hands on through authentic relationships with others in our city) and the Social Media World (one of the most influential platforms of today’s culture). But that was just the start.
Unashamed Impact gives an opportunity that fosters the visions of young leaders and provides the tools they need to grow and create change in their city to their fullest potential. The goal is to gather, equip and send out. We disciple, activate and encourage our city teams through 4 dynamics: Fellowship, Making an Impact (Social Justice & Community Outreach), Being a living Example and Evangelism. We are a ministry/movement outside the four walls of the church bringing hope to those who will not step foot into a church through social media, community events and outreach. Our city chapters range from South Africa to the Dominican Republic and all across the US. Homeless outreach, orphanage visits & activities, nursing home visits, clothing drives, beach/community clean ups and Domestic Violence Awareness Brunches are just a few examples of what our young adults have organized.
Do you feel social media helps or hinders us in creating community and building relationships? We believe that Social Media has played a role in hindering the spiritual growth of the Body and has also had an effect on relationship building in general. It has become a source of addiction, especially for young teenagers. It serves as a replacement method for people who seek to exploit their personal information and feelings. The social media world can be a dangerous place for people who use it as an outlet for negativity or who are easily influenced to conform to the evil patterns of this world.
On the other hand, Unashamed Impact has a lot of social media influence. It is what we use to connect and reach out to people all across the globe in order to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Saying that you are a Christian means that you are to represent Christ in all that you do, and signing up for Unashamed Impact means that you represent the ministry in what you do, say, and post, even on your personal accounts. We’ve dedicated an entire team to just that! The Unashamed Impact Social Media Team consists of the dedicated individuals who are accepted into our internship program to participate in our missions behind the scenes, by using various social media networks and blogging tactics to spread the Good News and to inform the public of UI events and social justice efforts. UI has a lot of Social Media influence and we plan to use it all for the Glory of God. All Social Media interns are required to receive the SM and Online Safety Agreement upon signing up which includes the standards and code of conduct the interns are held accountable to follow.
What resistance have you met and how have you handled it? Over the years UI has faced an abundance of adversities. From the personal opinions of others - who have made an effort to tell us that some of the things we do are un-Biblical and they won't help to change the world, to the personal struggles we have faced together on the inner being of our team. The grief of losing family members, financial struggles - individually and collectively, and even the loss of team members who were guided to a different path in life. If you were to ask any of our Core Leaders you would hear them say “we’ve seen it all.” Yet, we believe that there has been three key factors that have held our Organization together:
1. Dedicated Leadership: First under the guidance of our Lord Jesus Christ and the direction of our Core Leaders and Founder Brittney Moses, we have been led to a true state of persistence and unconditional dedication. In this, we have come to believe that no matter what the enemy throws into our path, what he means for the bad God can always use for the good, and we will continue to sacrifice and fight for the purpose in which God has brought us together.
2. Unseasonal Love: Here at UI we truly consider ourselves a family. There are times where we release the burdens of the administrational efforts to sustain the ministry and engage in touching moments of fellowship. As we draw close to God, we want to draw close to each other. In this we will have a much better chance at prospering together as a ministry and as a family of unashamed vessels for Christ.
3. The Power of Prayer: At Unashamed Impact we value the concept of daily communication with each other and with God as we can attest that just that alone has played a major role in sustaining the ministry for 2 years. In fact, for over a year now UI has constructed an amazing team of prayer warriors who not only dedicate their time to praying for the ministry, but also those in need. For anyone who’s looking to start or enhance their ministry we would encourage them to build a solid foundation on dedicated leadership. Love each other in every season. And take the time to pray together.
Can you give us a quick story of Kingdom Impact that your ministry has been part of recently?
Speak for the Silenced: Spreading mass awareness on persecuted and martyred Christians oversees- writing letters, educating the masses and raising funds to assist in the practical needs of these victims. We held intense episodes on our Life Changers conference calls every Monday night and invited people to call in to experience expert voices discussing the topics of Christian Persecution overseas. We also used our Social Media influence to incorporate our worldwide followers by collecting pictures of them supporting the movement by taking unique and inspiring pictures of themselves SPEAKING OUT for the silenced victims of Christian persecution.
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Answers provided by:
Dylan Rucker - Unashamed Impact Executive Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org)