I was born a dreamer; staring as a child, starry-eyed out the window at night, peering into the heavens of “what could be”.
And maybe it was to escape the vice tightening in my world? Maybe it was the hope of another reality of some fantasy worth living for?
But I soon learned; dreamers don't make dreams come true…God does.
Still, for a long while, I became a doer of my own purposes. Reaching my twenties thinking money and ingenuity could make anything happen.
But I was wrong.
"A" type personalities have their own problems. Problems I soon discovered could defeat even the strongest dreamers among us.
So eventually, I experienced that hour of confessing, “I am weak”, handing God the paintbrush and letting Him create in me the kind of Missional Life He intended for me from the beginning of time.
Giving up my dreams, it was then I learned most....
So, what if the missional life isn’t about “finding our purpose”, but laying down our wills so that He can uncover that God dream He has already placed in us?
Though born, raised, and still living only miles from where she grew up, Jen's heart lies in the nations. Jen loves the beautiful tapestry found in the wide diversity of people, different cultures, and all nations. Jen and her husband have been married twenty years, and have parented fifteen kids and counting; twelve foster, one adopted, and two bios. Her multi-racial family reflects her passion for unity, desire for faith without walls, and missional mindset to share both the gospel and the power of redemption to a world desperately needing the hope found in Jesus Christ. Jen and her husband have led in a variety of ministries; including prayer, small groups, children's, and women’s. Jen advocates for the orphan as a board member for the non-profit, A New Song; and loves doing missions work internationally, along with her family. You can find Jen writing about faith, while challenging her readers at her blog, Rich Faith Rising, as well as at tweeting faith-filled messages @Jen_Avellaneda . Jen is also on facebook.
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