Fulfilling my Purpose

May 29, 2015  |     |   General

     My name is Jennifer VanLaningham, and although I have helped in several areas here at Open Door Mission, I am officially the Administrative Assistant to Senior Program Manager, Steve Frazee.  I have been an employee since July 2014, and have never questioned my decision to work here. 
     My life’s journey thus far has taken me through many dark and lonely times, but I am consistently reassured that God has a plan for me.  Beginning eight years ago with a failed marriage, spanning to today as a single mother of two children (dare I tell you they are both teenagers…AND girls??!!), I am learning to sit back and have faith.
     Little by little, I have stopped trying to control my life, trying to make “all the right choices,” and have started trust that God is taking care of me.  Working alongside fellow employees who live and breathe the Word of God humbles me daily.  I want to be like them.
     I left the corporate world in order to grow personally in faith and in my passion for helping the broken.  But isn’t it crazy that I get PAID to grow into the woman God intended me to be??
     Working here has never been dull, and every day I have a new excitement about coming to work.  I just want to “be.”  I just want to be here to see God work in the hearts of the staff and in our guests.  It truly is inspiring and awesome.
     It is no coincidence that during a dark and stormy time in my life I “stumbled” upon Romans 5: 3-4.  It has been imprinted on my heart, and I have realized since working at the Mission alongside my coworkers and speaking to the guests who come and go, I cannot argue its truth.  I thank God every morning for giving me yet another day to serve Him and fulfill His purpose for my life.
     I love you all.

Not only this, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
-Romans 5:3-4

Jennifer VanLaningham

Administrative Assistant