It’s All Good


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By Rev. Dallas Teague Snider // Photo by Liesa Cole

first met Daphne Ratliff during our mutual training through Transformation Ministries. After a year of group study and personal reflection, we both stepped forward to become certified as prayer ministers in Restoring the Foundations, an inner-healing process that guides participants through four key areas of healing.

Often when we are touched by a tragedy or challenging life situation, the desire to help others who face similar life challenges emerges. Many of us do this naturally and don’t give it a second thought. The truth is when we have experienced peace or freedom from a problem, we are more able to connect with someone who has shared a similar experience. In other cases, people step forward and welcome the opportunity to help a stranger they have never met and may never meet again.

It is in this spirit that Ratliff has taken her service to another level.

Although she had been actively involved in volunteer work, Ratliff was feeling she needed to serve where she could freely share her faith to truly offer the hope that she intended. Ratliff knew that she was being prompted to do something different. She heard call to step forward and become actively involved in organizations like the Birmingham Crisis Center and the Lovelady Center (a residential center that provides housing, resources and counseling to former female inmates and addicts). She heard the call and said, “Yes.”  This is what makes her an everyday hero to me.

I asked Daphne what it means to her to be a light in our community.

What do you think of when you think of being an everyday hero? 

I don’t think of myself as a hero, but I’ve thought a lot about people who are heroes to me. As I considered these everyday heroes, a single truth became clear: a hero is someone who sees another person struggling or suffering and stops what they’re doing so they can help. Some acts of heroism are literally lifesaving. But we may never know the life-changing power of reaching out to someone with an unexpected act of kindness or compassion. I may not be a hero in my own eyes, but I hope to be in someone’s.

Describe what you do in your unique way to impact the lives of others.   

I’ve been blessed with the opportunity of participating in Transformation Ministries’ prayer ministry at the Lovelady Center. We use Restoring the Foundations’ integrated approach to ministry to bring healing and freedom into the lives of others. The ministry also equips the receivers to continue in the process of becoming healed and whole as well as to grow and mature in their Christian walk. It’s a wonderful ministry and I’m amazed I get to be a part of it.

Are there challenges you have faced personally that motivate you to want to help others and make a difference?  

The Lord called me to volunteer at the Birmingham Crisis Center after I experienced a crisis in my own life. What happened to me suddenly opened my eyes to the pain and suffering of others right here in my own community. I knew immediately I wanted, and needed, to do something to help others who find themselves feeling overwhelmed and needing help and not knowing where to turn.

What is your personal mission or motto?  

I don’t know if it’s really a motto, but I’m always saying, “It’s all good,” especially when circumstances don’t seem good or feel good to me. You never know how God can use things that seem bad to bring about something good. I love that about Him! “It’s all good” is really code for one of my favorite scriptures, Romans 8:28; “…we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

What advice would you give others about being that light they are destined to be?

Don’t give up! There may be times when you ask yourself, “Am I really making a difference?” or “Is this really worth it?” The answer is yes! The smallest act of love can make a huge difference to the person receiving it. You may not realize the impact you have on another person, but they will and God gets the glory.

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