Cindricka Arrington – 35 People Who Inspire

Name: Cindricka Arrington

Age: 34

Occupation: IT Program Manager/Adjunct Professor

Hobbies:  Natural Hair Care, Running, Criminal Minds and Law & Order: SVU/Criminal Intent Marathons, Bike Riding with my daughter, Youth Mentoring

Church/Place of Worship: Brown Missionary Baptist Church Pastored by Reverend Bartholomew Orr in Southaven, MS

Ministry Involvement: Teen & Women’s Sunday School Teacher; Women’s Ministry member; AWANA Bible Study Teacher; Compassion Ministries International Sponsor; & West Regional VP of TN Baptist Missionary Education & Convention (TBME&C) Youth & Children’s Department

Community Service: United Way of the Mid-South FedEx VP Representative; Led Operation Food drive with The Mid-South Food bank; Handyman Wheelchair project of United Way; Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Alpha Eta Zeta chapter Finer Women Anti-Hazing Lead; Macon Hall Elementary Parent Teacher Association; Initiated the annual Frances Allen Hathorne Inspirational Scholarship at Rust College for students of single parent homes

Professional Organizations: The Project Management Institute, Inc., Sunday School Publishing Board, Inc.

Favorite Leisure Activity: Racing cars at Incredible Pizza with my daughter

What is your definition of an Inspirational person? An inspirational person motivates you to do more than the status quo and drives you to fulfill your destiny, despite divine interruptions.

What is the difference between someone who inspires vs. someone who gives false hope?  An inspirational person is a straight shooter with authenticity, genuine care, and wisdom from which to learn then live.  The alternative is purposeful foolishness.

What legacy do you plan to leave for your children/those that look up to you?  Since birth, God has strategically placed people in my life to pour, press, promote, provide, and protect me unconditionally.  I pray my legacy is that of charity, spiritual enrichment, and obedience to the calling of God.  To whom much is given, much is required.

On ‘Being active within the community : This is paramount to building inspiration within and among all people regardless of culture or economic standing.  Giving back is what a servant does. It’s an expression of worship and demonstrates our wearing of Christ. Do we open our hands to receive blessings then close them and pull back or do we turn around and extend a hand to others for a lift up and out?  One does not have to hold a position to be active, but one must have the desire to act upon faith and be actively led by the Holy Spirit. Had it not been for people of the community and those of worship during my youth, I shudder to think what my life would look like today. Many young people are led astray because there are not enough everyday people visible and present at church or in the neighborhood depicting Godliness, patience, love, tenderness, meekness, faithfulness and other fruit of the spirit.

My path has not been without roadblocks and at each turn, God has given me choices. While I have not always been in His will, I have never been out of His presence and for this I am truly humbled and grateful. This is why I choose to do all I can while I can. Deliverance and authority belongs to each of us when we operate in it by loving God, ourselves, and others.

On Saturdays, one can usually find you riding my bike around the neighborhood, studying dissertation research, power walking, doing yard work or simply relaxing from long, full weekdays.

What is your favorite quote/scripture: Philippians 4:6 & 7- Be anxious for nothing but in all things by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years: Within the next five years I see myself using the PhD to further kingdom, corporate, and personal passions while enjoying more time with my family.

In 10 years: Empty-nester, debt-free, and able to travel for international missions work.

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