CEO Newsletter - November 2023

By LaKisha Deon    11-15-2023

Psalm 51:5-6
“Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.
Behold, You desire truth in the inward parts,
And in the hidden part You will make me to know wisdom.”

In 2013, while in Germany, I had the opportunity to hear a message from Pastor Wanda Neal of Agape Christian Faith Center near Ramstein Air Base, who is not only a pastor but also a trained Pediatric Delivery Nurse. Pastor Wanda shared an interesting perspective on Psalm 51:5-6. The passage speaks about being brought forth in iniquity and the desire for truth in the inward parts.

During her message, Pastor Wanda taught a diverse international congregation about the inherent selfishness of our flesh. She shared her experience as a nurse of 30 years delivering babies, that she had never seen a newborn with unclenched hands, which is a nonverbal sign of selfishness.

As I listened to her message, I initially tried to prove her wrong based on my own experiences as a woman who had gone through multiple pregnancies and births. However, the Holy Spirit quickly humbled me and showed me that Pastor Wanda’s experience was more extensive than mine. In that moment, I looked at my three-month-old daughter and saw her sleeping with clenched hands, confirming Pastor Wanda’s point that we are all born in iniquity. It is through our relationship with Christ that we can begin to see His generous nature and be transformed to reflect His generosity.

This memory came to mind as I reflected on the questions I received in 2023 about why 4Tucson actively seeks to share our platform and resources with other ministries. The message I heard in Germany sparked thoughts about generosity within me. The phrase “I was brought forth in iniquity” resonated with me, highlighting the inherent selfishness of our flesh. To demonstrate God’s generous nature, we must live with unclenched hands, being open and giving. God desires truth in our inward parts, and this desire compels me to live and lead in a way that reflects His character. Reading God’s word daily allows the spirit and flesh to align with God’s will, transforming us to imitate His goodness.

With this mindset, 4Tucson’s mission of uniting and mobilizing Christians in Tucson is becoming a reality through partnerships with other ministries. Sharing resources, such as our community calendar, allows us to spread the word about the great work God has called these organizations to do in our city. Our vision is to see a city aligned with God’s ways, experiencing His peace and prosperity for all generations. As a biblical city mission organization, 4Tucson must demonstrate godly characteristics, such as generosity. This goes beyond financial giving and extends to acts of service, influence, and sharing knowledge.

As we enter a season where generosity is at the forefront of people’s minds, I want to introduce you to some of 4Tucson’s nonprofit partners in the city. I encourage you to prayerfully consider ways you can demonstrate God’s goodness by supporting these organizations. This can be done through prayer, learning about their mission, volunteering your time, or any other way God leads you.

Before I conclude, I want to express my gratitude to Pastor Wanda for challenging me to identify ways to always live with unclenched hands and for each one of you. 4Tucson is able to accomplish the work we do because of Christ’s strength and the support of individuals like you who pray for us regularly. As we enter this season of gratitude, my prayer is that you feel the generous love and compassion of our Heavenly Father. You are cherished and loved by Elohim, the All-powerful Creator.

It brings us great joy at 4Tucson to introduce you to our 2023 Collaborative Ministry and Nonprofit Partners. Together, we have labored to demonstrate how much God desires to transform Tucson.

Annual prayer walk at the Arizona Legislature’s opening day at the Arizona Capitol.

  • Center for Arizona Policy
  • Arizona Church Ambassador Network
  • One Cry Tucson


Blessing of First Responders & Elected Officials


Movement Day Co-Creators (Brain Trust)

  • Wholestic Transformations
  • Goodwill Industries International
  • Hope City Church


Festival of the Books Authors

  • David Drum
  • Dr. Deb Waterbury
  • Marlon Harmon
  • Rod Robison


Amphi Neighborhood

  • Amphi Coalition
  • New Life Community Church of the Nazarene
  • Amphi Bible Church
  • The Salvation Army
  • Iglesia Cristiana Libertad
  • Building Bridges Community Center
  • Tucson Police Department
  • Ward 3
  • Literacy Connects


The 1st Building a Lasting Legacy

  • Fresh Start International
  • Joy in the Mourning
  • Hands of Hope
  • CarePortal
  • Ronald Blue Trust
  • National Christian Foundation


Reentry Program

  • AZ Department of Corrections
    • Pima Release Center at StarrPass
    • Second Chance Center
  • Federal Bureau of Prisons


CarePortal and other deliveries

  • El Rio Health
  • City of Tucson Housing and Community Development Department
  • Market on the Move


Housing Delegation Team

  • Tucson Refugee Ministry
  • Wholistic Transformation
  • Gap Ministries
  • Mission Church
  • City of Tucson Housing and Community Development Department
    • Housing First Program
    • MDOT
    • Wildcat Inn


Tucson Jericho Ride – On October 28th over 130 motorcyclists (81) and Prayer Warriors prayed for our City.

  • Radio Impacto
  • Operacion Jesus Cristo
  • Full Throttle Ministries
  • Cruising Christians
  • Arizona Church Security Network
  • Christian Motorcycle Association
  • God First


Open Discussions on Citywide Evangelism

  • Luis Palau Association
  • J17


Spiritual Heritage Bus Tour

  • Christian Faith Fellowship
  • Tucson Refugee Ministry
  • City Psalms
  • Salvation Army


Christian Education and Training Center

  • Iglesia Bautista Kairos
  • Corazon Ministries
  • The LIBRE Institute