Name: Sarah Yardley
Family: I am the oldest of 7, and adore my siblings. My parents came to know Christ before I was born and raised me in faith.
Years Born-again: 32 years
Years in Ministry: 16 years
Ministry Experience: Servant, women’s ministry, children’s ministry, missions/outreach, events coordination, administration, resource production and distribution, volunteer coordinator.
Current Ministry Role & Location of Local Church: Festival Coordinator, Creation Fest. Local church is Tubestation in Polzeath, Cornwall, England.
Church Website & Social Media Contact Information: Twitter: @yardleysarah Facebook: Facebook.com/sarahyardley, Instagram @sarahyardley
What is the greatest life lesson the Lord has taught you recently?
This past year has been one of tremendous personal and spiritual growth. It’s difficult to choose just one lesson. Perhaps the most significant is the one He teaches me over and over, my whole life long:
I am a great sinner and Christ is a great Savior.
There are and always will be places where I fail, fall, learn, repent. By the grace of God, my actions will never change His love for me. His redemption is daily at work in my life, not just to redeem my soul, but even to redeem every moment of every day. The work of redemption is greater than I ever realized before.
What is the greatest ministry lesson the Lord has taught you recently?
It’s not about the moment. It’s about our lives.
Our tendency is always to focus on the moment. Social media has only amplified this tendency. We capture a snapshot, apply a filter, write a witty caption, share it with others, and we can tangibly measure how much people like that moment.
It’s fairly easy to take a nice picture and filter what we share. But the reality is: no picture can capture the beauty of long-term faithfulness. No photo can reflect sacrificial love. Our calling is to live for an eternal kingdom. Our moments should be a reflection, the echo, of a lifelong character.
What are you looking forward to most at the CC Missions Conference?
I love the conversations at these conferences. I’m thankful for the teaching, the worship, the coffee shop, the resources, but I love most the individual, life-shaping conversations. I remember so many ways this conference shaped my own life and calling to missions. I am deeply honored to share a bit of my story this year. I pray that it can be used to speak of the love and grace of Jesus to this generation of missionaries.
What topic are you teaching on at the conference?
Of the Kingdom
Must be proclaimed
As a testimony
To all nations
And then the end will come.
Handily, it’s the theme. My message, summed up in a sentence: Let all we do begin with a great love for Jesus (because He loves us).