An accounting of Face of Justice

God does not ask us to do great things.
He simply asks us to obey so He can do
great things through us.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

The Truth according to Twitter

by Elizabeth Gilroy

I took the leap two years ago. Well, I am not sure you could call it a leap but rather a dragging-me over- the-finish-line kind of thing.

Yep, I did it. I made myself a twitter account.

Since that time I have come to enjoy the challenge of summarizing life in 140 characters. In fact, being limited to 140 characters is really good for my writing skills.

I remember in Journalism school when my teacher would use his red marker and draw big red exes on what I thought were my ticket to the Pulitzer.  Less is more in writing.  I am sure the creator of Twitter knew this when he designed it.

But, to be honest, this not why I entered the world of social media. I simply took the step only to use it as a tool to share with the world the beauty of the work I do here in San Jose, Costa Rica.

This work is beautiful because it is working with beautiful, though very broken, people. The world needs to hear about it. It is the work of justice and hope.

Over these past 3 years of this kind of work, I have become more and more convinced that the pursuit of justice is directly related to our call to holiness, our knowing God. 

Throughout the Old and New Testaments, you will find example after example of where God couples justice with our own personal call to holiness. In short, he doesn't just say go be good. He says go help people, be kind, be just, help the poor, break the chains.

For instance, in the story of Daniel, after he interprets Nebuchadnezzar's dream, the future is not looking good for this wicked king. It's looking like a lot of pasture time with the local cattle herd.

But before it all starts and in those moments when Neb could have changed it all, Daniel comes before him and says this, "King Nebuchadnezzar, please accept my advice. Stop sinning and do what is right."

That is good advice for a terrible, unkind king that likes to kill people.  You would think that was enough. But God did not stop there.

"Break from you wicked past and be merciful to the poor."

It was not enough to God that the king stop sinning, He wanted justice for His people, his hurting, suffering people.

There are more examples. But I am sure you asking what all this has to do with Twitter.

Well, Twitter has been an awesome way to connect with others who are learning about this call we have to justice. It has been a link to other passion people and organizations that say being good is not enough. We must do justice.

Then the other day it happened.  A powerful connection with a man I do not know and vision for the new ministry we are starting.

A couple of days ago, I posted the following:  It is my belief that a person cannot truly know the heart of God without knowing compassion in their own.

I really do believe this. I believe justice and compassion is God's way of showing himself. I have believed this wholly in my heart but I had never had one specific verse to back it up.  I knew it only to be a general truth drawn from the pages of God's word and history.

But Twitter changed all that.

I was quickly scrolling down the feed and there it was, glaring at me.

In Jeremiah 22, God is using King Josiah as an example of a just and righteous man to Josiah's wicked son. Here is what he says about him but look at the last line.

"He gave justice and help to the poor and needy; and everything went well for him. Isn't that what it means to know me?"

I still have chills going throughout my body reading it again. Isn't that what it means to know God? Isn't justice and mercy lived out in our lives the way to know this sovereign, eternal, infinite God? What more is holiness?

There is much I do not know. But I know this one thing. When I am looking for God, I will always find him in the eyes of a broken heart.

Victor Hugo said this:

Psalms call you Wisdom and Truth; John calls you Light; the Books of Kings call you Lord; Exodus calls you Providence; Leviticus, Sanctity ; Esdras, Justice; the creation calls you God; man calls you Father; but Solomon calls you Compassion, and that is the most beautiful of all your names.”

Oh, God, let me forever be one that seeks you in compassion and justice for others!

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Rains of Change

by Elizabeth Gilroy

Dear friends,

This blog post is going to be written as a letter as I want to let you know of some changes in my life and ministry.

You have been following this blog because it was once the blog for Freedom Street Ministry. On it, I have attempted to share stories and insights from my time working on the streets of San Jose and the broken hurting people we meet there every week.

I need to share a story of heartbreak. But this time it is not from one of our friends. It is my own.

I have stepped down from Freedom Street Ministries. This has been one of the toughest things I have ever had to do in my life. For three years, FSM was my life and I carried the vision of this beautiful ministry in my heart and soul. It was so powerful to see God change lives and impact destinies as we attempted to live out the vision we felt God had poured into FSM.

But things are changing. Here is why.

As most of you know, FSM is a ministry under YWAM San Jose. Over these past three years we had chosen as a leadership team to stay under that legal and spiritual covering. We believed that is where God wanted us to stay.

In recent weeks, however, it has come to light that much of FSM's vision will not be realized under the legal and spiritual structure of YWAM San Jose. This coupled with some differences in leadership style, I felt God ask me to walk away from Freedom Street.

So, this blog is no longer the blog for Freedom Street. It is now the blog for a new ministry called Face of Justice Ministries.

After weeks of seeking God's heart for the vision He has place in my heart over the past 3 years, we believe He has asked us to start a new ministry where this vision can be realized.

Much of the same vision. Different name.

If you want to continue following FSM, they have a new blog:

The team is now being led by Sidney and Carlos Herrara. Please join me in praying for this new leadership.  Pray blessing over this team and that God would continue to use FSM in changing the lives and hearts of the broken in the streets. Even though FSM may look very different than before, I know God will use it to accomplish His purposes on earth.

If you want to contact Sidney or Carlos directly, you can email them.
For Carlos,
For Sidney,
I know they would love to hear from you.

If you want to hear more about Face of Justice Ministries or have questions regarding this post, please contact me at

We will use this blog to update you on Face of Justice and its vision.  God is already at work, orchestrating things beyond our wildest imaginations. Beautiful things are on the way!