1. Tell us about yourself.
I'm Karen. I am originally from Hopkinsville although I lived in Houston for nine years, where I met my wonderful husband Doug. We have been married for 28 years. I come from a large, loving family and am the third of six children. I work at a local nursing home, helping residents and their families through the often confusing and difficult process of dealing with insurance and obtaining medical assistance for long-term care. God prepared me for this job while my mother was a resident in this same nursing home. He used a very difficult time in my life to uniquely equip me to help others through this difficult time in their lives.
2. How did you come to Faith Family Church?
My husband and I are part of the original group that planted Faith Family with a desire to reach the unchurched military families and equip them to leave us as missionaries as they go to wherever the Army sends them next. I am so grateful for the sweet families I have been able to meet and love, but I hate when they have to leave us.
3. How has the Christ-centered, expositional teaching helped you to grow?
The way that scripture is explained by our elders helps me to better understand how awesome God is and how He wants me to serve. I've come to understand that the culture and historical settings make the Bible come alive.
4. What have you been reading recently?
Jesus in the Present Tense: The I AM Statements of Christ by Warren Weirsbe
....A great study of what the I AM statements mean for us.
Seven Arrows by Matt Rogers and Donny Mathis
....this teaches you how to study the Bible and apply it to your life.
Wildflowers of Terezin by Robert Elmer
....a Christian fiction novel set in Copenhagen during the Nazi occupation.
5. When you get home from work, what do you look forward to doing? (What are your other passions?)
I look forward to spending time with Doug. On the weekends we like to go for a drive in the country and find interesting and beautiful things to take photograph. I also love to can and bake.
6. You put that you are going to Mentor ladies. Tell us what that looks for you.
The Bible says in Titus 2:3-5 that older women should teach younger women to love their husbands and children to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the Word of God.
I am doing this by leading a women's small group each week. I love helping them to understand who God is and what He wants from them.
I also work with a lot of younger women and strive to live my life in such a way that points them to Jesus. I use the opportunities God gives me to share my faith with them and give them Godly advice.
One of my most treasured times of teaching younger women was when I had the opportunity to teach young pastors wives in Honduras what it meant to be a Godly wife.