As an officer in the Salvation Army, Danielle Strickland loves Jesus. And she loves people. Her aggressive compassion has loved people firsthand in countries all over the world where she has embraced, learned, cared, evangelized, taught, and exhorted individuals and crowds to surrender to the boundless love of our great God and Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. She has sought to cultivate authentic Christian community in deprived neighborhoods on the way to loving the last and the lost and the least into God’s Kingdom. God is using her to help equip followers of Jesus in discipleship, holiness, justice, and evangelism by teaching, preaching, and writing. Danielle’s has written, Just Imagine: The Social Justice Agenda, Challenging Evil: Dispatches from the front lines of radical justice, The Liberating Truth: How Jesus Empowers Women, A Beautiful Mess; How God Recreates Our Lives, Boundless; Living Life in Overflow. Danielle is passionately committed to seeing God’s Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven, is married, and is the mother of three boys.

It has never happened for me in 7 years of attending Orange Conference that someone other than Reggie Joiner blew me away during the first general session at OC (you did great too Reggie!), but this year the prize goes to Danielle Strickland.  Danielle talked about a life altering conversation she had with a young 16-year-old girl on a flight.  This young lady shared with her that her favorite subject in school was evangelism, and particularly converting Christians to Islam.  In their conversation, Danielle gave this young lady an opportunity to share her faith with her.  After she had finished, the young lady then asked Danielle to do the same.  In this dialogue, a real connection was made.  At the end of the conversation, the young lady would ask Danielle “Would you like to see my face?”, referring to the possibility of her lifting her veil so Danielle could see her.  After this happened and Danielle realized what a stunning young lady she was, the girl then asked her “Was it what you expected?”

These two questions revolutionized the way Danielle would approach ministry from that day forward.

God looks upon our face and sees our beauty.  He is so proud of us as his creation.  This is how we are to look at people we come across in life, even those that trouble us.  When we look at people and truly see the face that God created in them, it changes how we interact with them and how we love.

I will definitely be following more of Danielle’s ministry.  She was funny, and so well spoken.  An amazing presenter!