Catch Influencers: Marti Fischer

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Marti and I have shared a story since we first met. It’s a little drama we play out. One of us asks the other, “How much do you love me?” And the other holds out a hand showing a little teeny gap between thumb and first finger, “This much…” When the questioner feigns disappointment, the other finishes the remark — “This much (and drawing a line out from the thumb) … around the whole world!”

Marti has always had a global perspective. When she formed the Fellowship of Christian Airline Personnel in Los Angeles, her vision was not just for that city, but for every airline domicile in the world — a vision now realized. When she formed Women of Vision in Orange County, California, to help women of means to touch poverty, it was not to be just for Orange County, but for everywhere women have influence.

Marti is big. She thinks big, prays big, believes big, and acts big. She is a visionary, and her vision is big — more like “This teeny bit … around the whole world!” Marti’s life verse, given to her at the beginning of her walk with the Lord, is what many call the Great Commission: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” That is not a figure of speech for Marti; it’s a doable goal.

But being globally minded doesn’t mean she misses the individual. Marti remembers. She knows who is struggling with issues of sexual identity; she knows mothers that are estranged from their daughters; she knows parents who are missing their children; she knows these people by name because she has counseled with them and prayed for them, and she doesn’t forget. Marti has brought a personal touch to her influence here at the Catch. Like she likes to say, we are reaching around the world but we are reaching one person at a time. “This little bit (in other words)… around the whole world.”

Marti has a special place in her heart for the disenfranchised, the lonely, the single moms, the struggling and those who for whatever reason feel judged by the church or by other Christians. And most of all, she loves non-Christians. She loves them for who they are, whether they become Christians or not. (That’s God’s business anyway.) She has taken us way beyond just a blog. Marti is an influencer who touches people. She has put names, voices, and in some cases faces to what were just email addresses. Under her influence, the Catch has become a community. She gets it. With whatever issues a person has, Marti gets it — how important they are and what they need. She understands.

Influencer Peter Herschend envisioned a community; Marti built it.

Marti received the idea of Grace Turned Outward from the Lord and passed it on to us. It is now our signature. She came up with it because the concept is the way she lives. She treats everyone with great dignity and worth, no matter who they are, because she knows God loves them and has gone to the cross for them. And because she knows that amazing grace in her own life, she knows it’s true for everyone else. She can’t wait to tell them.

How much does God love us? “This much … around the whole world!”

Marti has influenced us to see the world in a different light. My message would be old hat legalism without her influence on me. We are poised to not only reach the world with the Gospel of Welcome, but to teach Grace Turned Outward to those who come alongside us so that an army of grace-filled people will put their boots on the ground when they get out of bed in the morning and carry this message to everyone they meet today.

We boldly ask for your contribution to keep this ministry going forward. We urge you to take advantage of the $1,500 match we have going through tomorrow night to double the effectiveness of your gift. We believe Grace Turned Outward is a special message given to us that the world desperately needs right now. In the end, a local Christian community could never really reach the whole world with the Gospel’s message. The Catch can. Whatever you can give now will turn into “this little bit … around the whole world!”

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Join though who have contributed so far.

Ron

Barbara, San Jose, California

Christopher

Lewis

Robert

Richard

Garry, Ozark, Arkansas

Gerry, Tucson, Arizona

Joel

Nancy, Brooklyn Park, Minnesota

Jason

Rebecca

Martin

Gary

Dennis

Victor, New Castle, Pennsylvania

George, Barefoot Bay, Florida

Gary

Glenda, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Keith, Portland, Oregon

Charlotte

John, Chicago, Illinois

Mark, Raleigh, North Carolina

Daniel, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Lisa, Sunland, California

Richard, White Rock, British Columbia, Canada

Merlyn, Goodyear, Arizona

Steve, Nashville, Tennessee

John

Hilbert

Gary

John, Hampton, New Hampshire

Rebecca, Cullman, Alabama

Jimmy & Olivia, Hong Kong

Evangelos

Theresa, Gilbert, Arizona

Cynthia, Harlingen, Texas

John, Coralville, Iowa

Andy

Daryl

Lyn

Marge, Lansing, Michigan

Joe, Sugar Land, Texas

Nancy

Darrell, Nevada, Iowa

Sara, Hopedale, Massachusetts

Darin, Cozad, Nebraska

John, Hawthorn, Australia

Michael, Dayton, Texas

David, Lakeville, Minnesota

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Neil, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

David, Liberty Lake, Washington

Roger, Whittier, California

Michael, Sacramento, California

Keith, Berea, Kentucky

Ruth, Artesia, California

Lynn

Susan

Sharyn

John

Sharon, Jackson, Mississippi

Lisa

Robert, Nashville, Tennessee

Paul, Wayne, Pennsylvania

Kent, Bryan, Ohio

Lewis

Drew, Vancouver, Canada

Keith, Portland, Oregon

John, Chicago, Illinois

George, Barefoot Bay, Florida

Markus, Köln, Germany

Christopher, Edwardsville, Illinois

Lynn, Duluth, Minnesota

Garry, Ozark, Arkansas

 

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2 Responses to Catch Influencers: Marti Fischer

  1. Mark D Seguin says:

    I love gorgeous Marti!

  2. Kerry Austin-Dunkijacobs says:

    Love you both and all that you do for others. I shared this on my FB page. Donated and will set up monthly donation as well.

    I have the pleasure and honor of personally knowing these two wonderful people. Marti and John are the most authentic, loving, humble, and beyond helpful and dedicated human beings that I have met. Words cannot express my love, respect, and gratitude for them, their hearts, and their service to all. Beyond a blessing- they are the definition of hope and love! Please consider donating so that they can do even more for so many. Thank you. All my love, Kerry 🙏💞

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