Killa Marti is an attorney at Solano Law Firm and founder of Clarkston Justice Center in Clarkston, Georgia. Throughout her journey to Justice Champion, there were many confirmations of the calling on her heart. Killa’s mother, an attorney with 30 years of experience, taught her that God loves justice and He has called us to extend that to those around us. Reading Gospel Justice, confirmed that life-long belief and the special gift that attorneys possess to administer justice. Attending the first Restore 117 conference in 2017, Killa came exploring God’s call on her heart to use her legal acumen to spread the gospel while providing help and hope for those entangled in legal injustice. When she met with the prayer team at that conference, they prayed for clarity and peace about the next steps. Prayer is at the foundation of many Justice Champion journeys and Killa’s is no exception. She stays rooted in God’s Word and prayer as she partners with Him in His business of rescue and restoration.
GJI: Tell us about your journey to Justice Champion. How did you find Gospel Justice Initiative?
KM: Bruce sent me a LinkedIn message and I became interested. My brother volunteered one summer at Administer Justice, so I knew a bit about the organization. I attended the meeting at Kristina’s house without knowing her. I just got the invitation from Bruce and went. Hearing Bruce speak, I felt God speaking directly to me. The ministry embodied all I grew up believing about the law and justice. I thought it was an excellent ministry that aligned with what I believe about God and the talents He has given me.
GJI: What was the biggest fear or challenge you had to overcome before “jumping in”?
KM: Being busy. I work full time at a high-volume firm and I have a young child. My time is at a premium. Also, never having done something like this, I felt like I was “out of my element”. Now that I’ve been doing it for a year, the biggest challenge that I’ve had to overcome was the idea that I had to do it perfectly from the start. Meeting other Justice Champions has shown me that it doesn’t have to be perfect; we just must be willing.
GJI: What was the greatest misconception you had about starting a gospel justice center?
KM: I thought that it would be easy to get clients. It hasn’t been hard to get volunteers, but it has been especially hard to get people from the community to come see us. I also thought I had to do it all alone. The truth is I’ve been able to rely on others to accomplish things daily.
GJI: Is there a Bible verse that really resonated with you throughout your journey?
KM: 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 “But, He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
I am also inspired by Moses’ story. He was so afraid, so unsure of himself, but he was obedient. I feel like that sometimes. I wonder why He called me. Yet, in my doubts, if I make myself available to the Lord He will do the rest.
GJI: Yes! God does meet us with His power when we are willing, doesn’t He? Tell us about a time you could see His hand at work.
KM: Being able to find a pro bono attorney for a young lady who was being cheated out of her wages. Also, being able to see God work through my weaknesses and seeing Him answer my prayers about finding the right people exactly when needed. Recently, we were able to support an Iranian Christian. She has been in America for 15 years and is now a citizen. This whole time she’s been separated from her two daughters. One of them passed away during their time apart. She has been waiting this whole time to be reunited with them through the immigration process; it has taken that long!
She had been paying an attorney all this time and was fearful that the lawyer had not done anything. We were able to review the documentation, check with the Department of State, discuss the case with the attorney and assure her that the attorney had done everything properly. It seems like such a simple thing. I didn’t think I had been that helpful. When I gave her that reassurance, it was as if a burden had been lifted off her shoulders.
GJI: Justice Centers do seek to lift the burdens of those in need. What unique needs are there in the community you serve?
KM: Our center is in a location with one of the highest populations of refugees in the community. Within that community, there are so many different cultures and nationalities represented. A unique need for this community is interpreters and community liaisons. People have a hard time trusting a new organization without someone they already know vouching for us. We are blessed to have a few friends in the community, but we need more. We have been able to establish partnerships with local organizations that refer cases. One of these partnerships is with Refuge Coffee, a local coffee shop. Among a ton of other things, they offer employment to refugees. Refuge Coffee has been a huge blessing!
GJI: As you have also been a huge blessing, Killa. We are grateful for your work in Clarkston. How can we pray for you?
KM: Please pray against discouragement. Pray that I may always seek His face and seek His strength and provision when I doubt whether the center will succeed. Pray that we can find the right people to support our center so that we can reach more people.
Would you—or someone you know—like to know more about becoming a Justice Champion? Visit www.gji.org to find out more. Visit https://www.gji.org/clarkston/ to learn more about Clarkston Gospel Justice Center.
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