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.
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.
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).
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