I really look forward to an extended time of prayer. I love that time with the Lord.

1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Dee Anna McGhee.  I grew up on a farm in Hopkinsville, enjoying farm life with my 3 brothers and sister.  When I graduated from Hopkinsville High I left for 42 years, never dreaming I would ever come back.  The Lord brought me back 17years ago, in answer to prayer.  My life has really been full of God’s faithfulness and direction.  I was one of those who when I gave my life to Christ about the fifth grade, I did it wholeheartedly, and He has directed my life and grown me in miraculous ways all along the way. 

 

 

I have raised 3 precious sons, retired from teaching school in Metro Nashville for 20+ years, raised emus, owned a gift shop with my sister, done some writing, and with my brothers and sister ran the family farm.  I now live in the Village at Christian Care Communities, a retirement community, which also was a God directed move.  

 

Soon after moving back to Hopkinsville, God gave me the command to “Equip the Saints”.   I did not fully understand until shortly after, in God’s timing, opportunities opened up for me to do more extensive teaching of the Bible.  I became much more conscious of opportunities to help others walk with the Lord, and He enabled me, as He promises when He calls us.  I love watching others grow and am beginning to see some of them become faithful Christian leaders.   Of course, any teacher learns much more than his/her students and I have come to love studying the Word and deepening my understanding of God’s great love. 

 

God has enabled me and prepared me to carry out His command in many ways.   

 

Today, I am helping with ladies study groups at FFC. I teach a group of elderly ladies at Friendship House here at Christian Care. I try to make books available through the library that will help in Christian growth.  I am beginning to see more and more opportunities to witness here on this campus.  Even as I am writing this, a neighbor came by anxious about a questionable mammogram.  I was able to encourage and pray with her.  Oh, I also work with the finances of FFC as treasurer.

 

2. How did you come to FFC?

I am one of the original 12 who felt the Lord calling us to plant a church in Oak Grove, specifically aimed at spreading the Word to the military and equipping them to be witnesses for the Lord as they move away from Fort Campbell and spread out over the world!  We have sought the Lord’s will every step of the way, and His blessings have been amazing.

 

3. How has Christ-centered, expositional teaching helped you grow?

 

I have grown in understanding the importance of the context as it fits into the setting and relationship of the verses before and after a particular passage.  I am constantly delighted how Brother Kyle adds so much insight and cultural understanding to a passage and fits it all together.  As I have broadened my own study and preparation for teaching, with this awareness, I have gained an even greater hunger for God’s Word.

 

4. What have you been reading lately? 

 

Most of my reading lately has been surveying possible new books of study for the library.   Right now, I am in the middle of “Seven Arrows” by Rogers and Mathis.

 

5. What are my passions or “free time” activities?

 

I read Christian fiction while I am bicycling and if I just need to “cool it.”  I play pony canasta with a group of ladies here in the Village one afternoon a week, which I thoroughly enjoy, but also consider it a ministry.    

My family is definitely changing in that my brothers are having serious health problems and my grandkids are getting out of college, becoming engaged, etc. so I am trying to spend much more time with them and looking for spiritual growth and witnessing opportunities.

 

A passion?  I really look forward to and try to guard an extended time of prayer one morning and early afternoon a week.  I love that time with the Lord.  This is a priority for me. 

A group of us studying “Masterlife” found out what a blessing this was as we set aside 4 hours of personal prayer.  It truly makes a difference!

When God Starts a Work...He Always Finishes it!

1. Tell us about yourself.

Hello everyone, I am De’Shaundra Larry; most people call me Dee. Matter of fact, if you call me De’Shaundra…I probably won’t respond because it’s been years since I have heard it. I am a proud wife to Chad, and mother of three little handfuls Amari (10), Chadrick (9), and Denver (7). Just kidding, they are a wonderful little bunch. I enjoy snacking; I am currently eating as I type. Did I mention that I am quite the multitasker? My husband and I are from a small town in Texas. Yes, being from Texas makes me extra special. I came to Christ when He revealed to me that He is the best thing I never knew I needed.

 

 

2. How did you come to Faith Family Church?

God led us to Faith Family Church (FFC); funny enough, the same Sunday we decided to attend FFC we got invited to worship with another local church. We knew in our hearts, though, that God had already chosen our church home. I’m so glad we followed God’s direction.

 

3. What have you been reading recently?

Seamless by Angie Smith

 

4. When you get home from work, what do you look forward to doing? (What are your other passions?)

The best part of my job is its location, my home. I am the vice-president of operations at Larry Inc. I have a bachelor’s in domestic engineering with a minor in household management. I currently oversee three departments, cooking, cleaning, and education. My job allows me to do some of my favorite things like napping on the job, Netflix binging, and finding the last pack of gushers before my kids return from school.

 

5. What has God been teaching you lately?

A few weeks ago our teaching pastor (Vance) spoke a powerful message about turning blessings into burdens. God used that sermon to highlight the blessings in my life that I had sadly turned into burdens. I still struggle with this, and find it hard sometimes to look at aspects of my life as blessings. But, where God starts a work He finishes a work, and on the days I slip He reminds me of all my blessings.

Where God starts a work–He finishes it.

6. You put that you are going to Share The Gospel. Tell us what that looks for you.

To me it looks like a God-led woman, doing His work, and trusting in Him to give her all the courage, boldness, and wisdom to share HIS Word.

Rachel's "I Am Going" Story

Rachel's "I Am Going" Story

1. Tell us about yourself.

My name is Rachel, and I’m a Kentucky transplant. I hail originally from the Chicago area – grew up in Hammond, Indiana, and finished high school in Oak Park, Illinois. My husband, Taylor, and I met back in college at the University of Illinois through a Christian ministry called Cru. Just this January we tied the knot, and I joined him here in Oak Grove. I miss Chicago and the big city vibe, but I am learning to love the Oak Grove and Madisonville areas and the slower pace (plus Nashville is close!).

My vocation is completely rooted in my relationship with Christ – in high school, God wrecked this sheltered girl's world and showed me the nearness of the tragedies of this world: poverty, human trafficking, family brokenness, suicide, and the like. He called me to be part of the solution, to show his peace in this world as He is making all things new. Now, I do His work as a school-based therapist in Hopkins County, walking alongside middle and high schoolers. I have the sweet opportunity to show love to students who are living with anxiety, depression, suicidal thoughts, difficult home situations, behavioral issues, and more. This vocation can be emotionally and mentally taxing, so I love to be creative in my free time (sketching or hand-lettering lately) to decompress and exercise my brain in a different way.

2. How did you come to Faith Family Church?

Taylor and I were searching for churches in the area, and did not feel like we found the place God was leading us yet. We received a mailer from Faith Family Church, which prompted us to visit, and we didn’t have to search anymore!

It is such a relief having a church “home,” where we can serve others, reach out to the community, and get filled up with Christ-centered teaching.

 

3. How has the Christ-centered, expositional teaching helped you to grow?

Teaching that is solid and Christ-centered is life-giving and life-changing. Each week, I learn more about Christ and how faith saturates every area of my life. I recently started walking through the book of Mark during my morning quiet times, and now the sermon series is also on Mark! It has been wonderful working through the texts, and then a few weeks later hearing it preached upon and still learning something new.

 

4. What have you been reading recently?

When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert

  • A great book about how to help those in need without unintentionally hurting them or yourself. A must read!!

The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath by Mark Buchanan

  • Taylor and I are reading this together as a way to slow down and truly appreciate resting in God. It’s changed how we view rest and Sabbath immensely.

 

5. When you get home from work, what do you look forward to doing? (What are your other passions?)

I love coming home and giving my husband a giant hug. We’ve made a habit of serving each other by switching off who cooks dinner, and then the other person cleans up. We love having slow, restful evenings full of reading, movie-watching, and prayer time. Sometimes I’ll pull out my art bin and work on something creative – from decorating my planner to putting together something for the walls of our home. We also love having other military couples over for dinner and board games!

6. You put that you are going to Hopkins County Schools. Tell us what that looks for you.

Going to Hopkins County Schools looks like showering students and staff with Christ’s love.

I have the unique opportunity to show teens who are going through hurt an example of a Christ-follower and of the life abundant they can have.

I also come into contact with school staff, paraprofessionals, and clinic staff that I enjoy learning from and speaking truth into their lives.