Pure Freedom is delighted to introduce to you our newest team member: Jenny. Jenny is responsible for the behind-the-scenes logistics that allow the program to function properly. In other words, she is the invisible but extremely vital component that takes care of everything from getting the educators to schools, to making sure they are well-equipped with the tools they need to do their jobs successfully, while also recording data and tracking the budget.
Jenny is a Missouri local. She grew up in Smithville, with her two loving parents and younger brother. She studied education at College of the Ozarks and obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Missions from the City Vision University. She currently resides in Kirksville, MO with her husband Ben who enjoys farming and carpentry. Before joining the Pure Freedom program at Lifeline, Jenny was a Customer Care Representative and Human Resources Assistant for WireCo Worldgroup.
Even though she enjoyed her previous job a lot, Jenny eagerly acknowledges that she felt God was calling her to Lifeline's Pure Freedom team. Wanting to share in the mission to provide students with a holistic education regarding not only sex but healthy relationships, as well as reminding them of the great value they are each irremediably endowed with by God, she decided to seize the opportunity.
Jenny quickly settled in well with the team: "My coworkers and I are each uniquely different. It is fascinating and inspiring to watch as we sit at meetings together and are able to learn and grow from one another; we each carry vastly different experiences from our pasts which helps to paint a more realistic view of what some of the students we serve face daily,” she states.
In essence, the Pure Freedom team feels like a large family, something that has always been important to Jenny. Jenny likes to spend her free time running, collaborating with her husband on different projects, as well as gathering with family and friends.
We love Jenny's caring personality and her desire to positively impact people's lives. Her goal for the future would be to dedicate her time to ministries geared toward students, the homeless, as well as people entangled in a destructive addiction pattern. Ministries that would bring healing, forgiveness, and transformation.
These Bible verses from Isaiah 61 summarize Jenny's calling in life and remind all of us that "no matter what life brings, God always wins":
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.
Let's pray for more hearts to be healed thanks to the dedication of courageous and caring people like Jenny.
By Elodie Takamiya