I used to ride my bike to this little blue church. I didn’t know why I wanted to be there...but for some reason I kept going back. I’ve experienced how relentlessly God pursues someone, and now I get to be a part of that pursuit. I have experienced the love of God that I was unknowingly searching for, and now, I get to help other girls experience that for themselves.
I moved to Cincinnati in 2008, and have lived in the Price Hill community ever since. I got a degree from Cincinnati Christian University, and immediately started volunteering in children’s ministry in lower Price Hill. After college I nannied for a living and began to work with churches that couldn’t afford a children’s minister. I met BLOC Ministries in that season. When I heard BLOC was starting a house for teen girls, I knew God had written my name on that house and that those girls would be my family.
As the director of EPOH house I get to live alongside teenage girls whose families are in the midst of some of their most trying times. The goal is to provide a safe stable atmosphere while their families get back on their feet, and to equip the teen to be prepared for a healthy adult life. I get to steward the house as home, inviting neighborhood girls and girls that have grown up in my ministry into a family-like situation. We do all the things that families do, we cook together; we eat together; we go to church together; we camp together; we do bonfires, game nights—we weather the hard times and celebrate the good.
Research shows that the lives of the hardest teens can be transformed by the presence of one caring adult. I get to be that one consistent, loving and strong person in their lives. And that is both my calling and my dream.
“So we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.”
1 Thessalonians 2:8
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