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I met Jena through a mutual writing friend and so from halfway across the United States, we began to know each other. At first, haltingly, but as our friendship grew, a mutual admiration blossomed. It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to  Jena, a woman who sees far beyond the physical constraints of her vision.

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Spotlight on Jena Fellers
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Jena Fellerss:  Mother, Educator, Ministry Leader and Writer
Jena Fellerss:
Mother, Educator, Ministry Leader, Speaker and Writer
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“Living Life with a Vision to Help Others”
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Being born with an independent personality and a love for people sent me three hours away from home to attend Emporia State University  to obtain a degree in elementary education and special education. During this time, I received the diagnosis of Retinitis Pigmentosa, a progressive eye disease causing tunnel vision and night blindness. The doctor informed me that I was already legally blind from my peripheral vision, narrowing to 15 degrees. No wonder I suffered bumps and bruises.
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This news didn’t take away my desire to help others nor to be independent. Providing for myself before finding a mate was important. It did knock the wind out of my sail in the beginning though. It even made me question if I should change directions. But, how would I know if I never tried?
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Solving problems as they arrived, I received my degree, taught for several years in different school districts before going on disability. I lived by myself most of that time, although roomies joined me some. My independence was threatened shortly after turning thirty when I was forced to surrender my driver’s license. However, God allowed me to have a house built, and I ended up marrying the carpenter.

My independence was threatened shortly after turning thirty when I was forced to surrender my driver’s license. However, God allowed me to have a house built, and I ended up marrying the carpenter.

I became an instant parent as his two teens lived with him. Two years later I gave birth to our youngest daughter, whom I homeschooled her entire life. My job no longer was to help others through teaching, but to train and raise my children.

By the time my youngest daughter was three, we began pastoring a small, non-denominational church of ten. Seventeen years have passed since,and Trinity Worship Center has moved to a new location, but we’re still pastoring. We have around 75 members now. I never thought a blind woman could be a pastor’s wife but it happened. There have been many challenges to overcome but I’ve had plenty of practice. Besides, with God as your guide, how can you go wrong?

I never thought a blind woman could be a pastor’s wife, but it happened. There have been many challenges to overcome but I’ve had plenty of practice. Besides with God as your guide, how can you go wrong? 

It was God in 2009 who led my husband and I to start an outreach ministry to the poor, in addition to pastoring. We began with feeding a handful weeknights. Soon, it exploded. Over 300 volunteers have helped cook, serve, and clean up about 5,000 meals a month. Our Word in Action. Ministry has expanded greatly. We’re more than a feeding ministry; we rebuild lives.

My role as co-founder of Word in Action Ministries is to be the visionary with my husband, as well as the planner and organizer. I planned menus in the beginning, help find resources, coordinate volunteers, counsel and pray with those in need. I also handle utility assistance calls and take orders at Thanksgiving. There is plenty to do.

Presenting a Mother's Day Talk
Presenting a Mother’s Day Talk at her Work In Action ministry entitled, “A Mother’s Day Gift for Everyone”

A new season of life has dawned by starting writing. I’ve always written my own Childrens Church lessons, puppet skits, and the like. But now I’m working on a book about all  the miracles God has done through our ministry to show His love to the poor and brokenhearted. Devotions and inspirational nonfiction short stories are fun too. Starting my new blog to reach out in a new direction has been equally fun … .and challenging. But, hey, it’s about solving problems so it works.

A new season of life has dawned by starting writing. I’ve always written my own Childrens Church lessons, puppet skits, and the like. But now I’m working on a book about all the miracles God has done through our ministry to show His love to the poor and brokenhearted. 

I am so blessed to learn through helping others that true independence isn’t even achievable. We were made to work together the way a habitat relies on others to thrive. We need help, and others need our help as well. No man truly lives on their own. Accept our limitations and focus on using our abilities.

 

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Jena Fellers
Jena Fellers

Left with only a sliver of light perception after Retinitis Pigmentosa stole her eyesight, piece by piece, she continues to have more “vision” than most. This incurable, progressive eye disease did not hold back her passion for helping others. Ministering alongside her husband at Trinity Worship Center since 1998, she teaches Children’s Church and plays her flute with the praise and worship team.

Armed with a B.S. Degree in Education from Emporia State University and a provisional certificate in Preschool Handicapped, Jena student taught preschoolers at Rainbow Mental Health Center in Kansas City, Kansas. She also served as a special education teacher (elementary level) for three and a half years as well as being a staff member in a boy’s group home for teenage juvenile offenders.

Her most helpful experience was becoming a mother of step-teens before having her own, all of which had special challenges (ADHD and ODD, for those who are familiar with that).

You can connect with and learn more about Jena on the following links:
Blog: http://www.changingfocus.life/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jena-Fellers-Author/851098231629375
Ministry: http://www.wiaministries.com/home.html

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34 thoughts on “Friday Friends: Spotlight on Jena Fellers

  • May 22, 2015 at 12:48 pm
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    Jena, Reading your post is an inspiring, uplifting way to start the day. Thank you for sharing your beautiful message.

  • May 22, 2015 at 1:49 pm
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    Great story… what a terrific woman! Thank you for sharing this with the world. 🙂

  • May 22, 2015 at 2:13 pm
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    Another wonderful connection God has made for you, Amy and Jena. Thanks for sharing! It’s a great testimony.

  • May 22, 2015 at 3:08 pm
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    What an inspiring story to share! God is good all the time.

  • May 22, 2015 at 3:27 pm
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    What an inspiring story Amy, thanks for sharing!!!! Enjoyed your post! Have a fantastic weekend 🙂

  • May 22, 2015 at 10:05 pm
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    Thank you for sharing this amazing and heartwarming story! God bless both of you amazing ladies and your families and ministries!

  • May 22, 2015 at 10:14 pm
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    Thank you for sharing this heartwarming story. Amy and Jenna, you are stronger than most people who have no vision problems. I admire you SO MUCH and pray that you continue to share your wonderful experiences and amazing faith.
    God is GREAT!

  • May 22, 2015 at 10:33 pm
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    Anyone who moves beyond physical or mental limitations to lead a life of service deserves our respect. I have a first cousin with ODD who also struggles with mental illness. It is a hard road. May you and your ministry continue to thrive.

  • May 23, 2015 at 1:00 am
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    Having a physical disability only limits a person if they choose to be limited. I know this first hand, growing up with a physical disability. It never stopped me either.

    I am always happy to hear about other people overcoming physical challenges to become the best that they can be and providing inspiration while “just living their life”!

  • May 23, 2015 at 2:33 am
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    Thank you for sharing your awesome story. You are both an inspiration to so many people. God is so good.’
    Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

  • May 23, 2015 at 3:53 am
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    hi amy; thanks for having jena on your site. and jena i love your message of faith hope love and optimism. i bet your story about building the home and marrying the carpenter would be a book all in itself like eat pray love. I do my best to encourage inspire and motivate others. so we are kind of in the same business. let me know if i can do anything to help with your writing. and perhaps you can help me some with my organizational skills or sometimes lack of them. i really want to travel more and share my story with people. i also want to do it to help promote sales of amusement equipment which is my first job. thanks again to both you fine ladies. take care now, max

  • May 23, 2015 at 6:50 am
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    Reading about Jenna’s life is an inspiration. It just goes to show how we can all overcome whatever obstacle is in our path.

  • May 23, 2015 at 8:25 am
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    Nice to meet you Jena. Your courage and strength are really inspirational.

  • May 25, 2015 at 12:12 am
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    Hi Rhonda,
    Thank you for your nice words. I’m honored by them.
    All my strength is from God.
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 12:16 am
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    Hi Francene,
    God helps me to overcome my challenges. I find there are more serious things to focus on than losing vision. I love our ministry.
    Blessings,
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 12:19 am
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    Hi Maxwell,
    I remember you from one of Amy’s posts.
    Yes, there is a chapter in the book I’m writing about marrying the carpenter! Thank you for the kind words.
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 12:22 am
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    Hi Barbara,
    Thank you for your nice comment.
    I think we should all be an inspiration to someone just as someone can inspire me. It gives us something to think about to put our lives in perspective. God always helps me overcome.
    Thank you again.
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 12:25 am
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    Hello Aria,
    It’s so nice to hear that you have overcome a physical challenge.
    Yes, you are right. I am just living my life the best I can and God is showing me how to reach out to others and help them with their needs. I so enjoy my ministry.
    Thank you for reading my story.
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 12:28 am
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    Dear Alana,
    Thank you so much for your kind words. We are so happy with how God is growing our ministry! I just take things day by day and problem solve as I go along. God is one who helps me. We all need each other in some way.
    God bless!
    Jean

  • May 25, 2015 at 1:19 am
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    Dear Smaranda,
    I’d like to say thank you for all your nice comments. I’m glad you were encouraged by reading about what I do. God gives me the strength to overcome any challenge I face. I’m glad He connected Amy and I also.
    God bless you and thank you for reading.
    Jean

  • May 25, 2015 at 1:22 am
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    Hello K. Lee,
    Thank you for your thoughtful words of encouragement. I’m just living my life and following God’s leading in it. He helps me solve all the problems that come. Thank you for taking time to read my story.
    Blessings to you,
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 1:24 am
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    Hello Amar,
    I’m so glad Amy shared my story with her readers. All glory goes to God.
    God bless you.
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 1:25 am
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    Good evening Amar,
    Thank you for your kind words.
    God bless you.
    Jean

  • May 25, 2015 at 1:39 am
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    Hi Laurel,
    I was so glad to share my story with Amy and the readers she has. We have the same condition, I enjoy her post, They make me remember what it was like for me earlier when I still had some vision.
    Blessings to you.
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 1:42 am
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    Dear Joan,
    Thank you for your your kind thoughts. It’s an honor to share my story with Amy’s readers. Have a fantastic weekend, too.
    God bless you,
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 1:44 am
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    HI Shonda,
    I agree. God is good all the time. He helps me overcome all my problems every day.
    God bless you.
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 1:46 am
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    HI Shonda,
    Yes, God is good all the time. I’m glad you were encourage by reading about what I do.
    I’m also glad God connected Amy and I.
    Blessings to you.
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 1:48 am
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    Hi Beckie,
    Yes, I’m very happy God connected Amy and I. I’m so glad you enjoyed my story.
    God bless you.
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 2:23 am
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    Hello, Nick,
    I enjoyed sharing what I do with Amy and her readers.
    Thank you for taking time to read. Happy to be an encouragement.
    God bless,
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 2:25 am
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    Dear Byron,
    Thank you so much for your kind words.
    I enjoyed sharing my story and am so happy God connected Amy and I.
    Blessings to you.
    Jena

  • May 25, 2015 at 2:28 am
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    Dear Becky,
    It was my great pleasure to share my story in Amy’s Friday Friends column. Thank you for your kind words and I’m happy you were encouraged. God gives me courage to solve any problem. How can I go wrong with Him guiding me?
    Have a blessed holiday,
    Jena

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