2019 is an exciting year for Mosaic. We are thrilled to be introducing Stephanie Fast to our Mosaic Moms. Mary Beth will be back leading us in worship for the fifth year!
Abandoned too young to remember, Stephanie wandered the war-torn countryside of Korea. Due to her bi-racial ethnicity she was abused and violated in every way. Finally, she was discarded and left to die in a garbage dump. Stephanie was miraculously rescued by a World Vision nurse and placed in an orphanage.
Around the age of nine a missionary couple met her. Overlooking her physical and emotional state they listened to the voice that spoke to their hearts. David & Judy Merwin, setting aside their desire to adopt a baby, obeyed that voice and adopted Stephanie.
Despite the rich healing love her adoptive parents poured into her, Stephanie's past tormented her throughout her teens. A deep personal encounter with Jesus Christ enabled her to exchange her pain with Him at the cross and see her identity and purpose in the light of God's love.
This message, Stephanie has had the privilege to share with anyone who will listen. God has honored her with very diverse audiences. Over the past 30 years her story and teaching has been on TV, radio, in magazines and other people’s books. She recently wrote her first book; She Is Mine. She has been an Advocate for Orphans and Adoptees her whole Christian life, believing there is an orphan in each person without Jesus.
Stephanie and her husband reside in Portland, Oregon surrounded by their children and grandchildren, her childhood dream lived out in reality.
Mary Beth grew up in Tennessee and sang regularly in church. She and her college California sweetheart, Jared, have been married over 17 years serving as worship leaders in the local church. Currently, she and Jared (with the support of their two dogs, Calvin and Izzy) are leaders of a small, home-based church in the North Hollywood Arts District. Her favorite type of ministry happens together around the dinner table, and she is passionate about seeing Christians live out their faith honestly and fervently over the everyday messiness of life. She enjoys supporting young mothers by helping raise their children with the mentality, “it-takes-a-village.” One of her favorite quotes (from Buddy the Elf): "We elves try to stick to the four main food groups: candy, candy canes, candy corns and syrup."
Shauna Amick's passion for the inherent worth and dignity of every human life was deeply solidified when her third child was diagnosed with Down syndrome, a near fatal heart defect, and a slew of other genetic abnormalities. As a speaker, author and disability rights advocate, Shauna shares the unique gift of viewing challenges through the lens of God's Word, and does so with great transparency and vulnerability. Shauna serves as the Director of Radio Ministries for Joni and Friends, and can often be heard encouraging radio listeners alongside Joni Eareckson Tada.
Rebekah has a passion to see the Church be the solution to the foster crisis, and has been working to educate and mobilize churches in LA County to step to the plate and care for vulnerable children and families. Rebekah graduated from Pepperdine with a MA in Psychology, and is currently the Southern California Area Director for CarePortal, a technology platform that connects churches to real time needs of kids and families in crisis. Rebekah and her husband Josh have been married 23 years, and have adopted two of their five children.
Joy Gerry is married to the love of her life, Will, a farmer. Joy a former elementary school teacher. While she has lived in many different states, she has called the Santa Rosa Valley her home for the last 41 years. After adopting their two children, Joy homeschooled both of her children. Joy and Will are very active at Cornerstone Church in Simi Valley and serve in the church in their local community. Joy loves God’s Word and learning more about her Savior everyday.
Nicole has been serving at Cornerstone Church and Eternity Bible College for the last 14 years. She met her husband Ryan doing college ministry at Cornerstone, fell in love while leading the ministry together and watching American Idol on weekends. They have been married for the past seven years. They are parents to three small children who keep them on their toes with stories, sticky hands and lots of imaginative play.
Nicole has a passion to see women know God's Word and for them to understand how God is writing their story.
Sheila and her husband, Terry, live in Simi Valley where Terry serves as the Family Pastor at Cornerstone Community Church. The Earwoods have been married 28 years and have 1 biological daughter who is 26 years old and 2 adopted children ages 16 and 13. They are natives of Georgia where they were on staff with Campus Crusade for Christ for 12 years. They have been in Southern California the last 12 yrs.
Sheila describes herself as a simple woman who has, by God’s grace, been seeking to walk with God and live on mission with Him for the last 34 years. She loves her Lord and family, and has a passion for encouraging others in their walk with God, beginning in her own home. She says, "Life is always messy and I live with a heart of praise that HE is the Everpresent One in the midst of it with me". Sheila has an incredibly compassionate heart and her Christian walk is one characterized by a life of prayer.