Category Archives: Staff Profiles

Celebrating a New Role

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As many of you know Impact Logistics takes seriously the corporate responsibility of giving back to the community and the world. For this reason we are excited to announce April Jenkins as our new Director of Corporate Philanthropy.  April has been an employee with Impact Logistics since 2013. 

 

April is married to Ricky Jenkins, a pastor at Fellowship Memphis. They have a one year old son named Camden.  April was born and raised in Sacramento, CA.  A scholarship offer brought her to Tennessee where she graduated from the University of Memphis. A year later April went on her very first mission trip. It was then that a love for the poor and destitute was birthed. She’s been traveling to foreign nations as often as possible ever since. In 2011, April took her first trip to Honduras with Point of Impact Global Missions. Since then she’s been heavily involved with our work there.

Ruth and I saw a passion in April on that trip that excites us for this new role for her and Impact.  It was there that we first saw April playing with children at the orphanages, working alongside church leaders, and feeding meals to the hungry.  April’s heart beats for the nations like few we’ve seen.  She is thrilled about this next chapter with Point of Impact. She brings a love and passion for our ministry and a unique gift set that we believe will further spread the good news about POI.  April will be plowing the field for new opportunities, keeping our partners informed, and sustaining Impact’s standard of excellence.

As Director of Corporate Philanthropy April will be responsible for serving as a liaison between our broad donor base and the work on the ground in Honduras.  She will also keep our partners informed of the strategic opportunities that are coming up with POI and work diligently to build our partner/donor base to leverage POI to accomplish it’s mission vigorously.

Join us in celebrating this new role for April Jenkins and Impact Logistics.

OUR GOD SAVES- MEET OMAR

Story on Omar Hernandez – Crucitas Project Coordinator

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At a first glance, Omar, one of our POI Project Coordinators, looks serious but once you get to know him you quickly realize he is full of personality. He stands at the entry to our Crucitas project, greeting the kids and neighbors, visits the classes and during break time he is swarmed with children.

Omar graduated from the Honduran National Art School and is known for his wonderful painting skills. It was those skills that led him to POI. Omar recalls, “I was recommended by a friend who came to POI church to paint a mural for the project and POI liked what I did and kept calling for more. One simple project led me to a life changing opportunity because it was at POI where I was led to Christ.” Like many who live without Christ, Omar was trying to find a purpose for his life in all wrong places.  He had a drinking problem and because of this was having problems with his mother and had a strayed relationship with his son. He reflects, “Because the church building used to be where the project was, I used to sit through service before I could start painting and that is when I first heard about Christ. When I came to Christ I felt totally destroyed and hopeless and it was through Him that I found healing. After that moment there was no turning back.  I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy, especially that first Christmas when everyone was partying around, but I had found the real reason to celebrate – the real reason nobody else had ever told me about. Christ changed me and made me new.” Now Omar has relationships with his mother and son, and he tells everyone that God gets all the glory for that!

It was Pastor Miguel, from POI, who saw in him a genuine interest for the Lord and a deep thirst for the word. “It was during his discipleship where I saw his desire to deepen his knowledge in Christ and it was because of this that I recommended him to work for POI.” Omar comments “Pastor Miguel knew how interested I was in learning and growing closer to Christ and thought attending seminary would be a great opportunity.  I didn’t have a job so I couldn’t afford it and unfortunately there weren’t any jobs that would let me be away for a week every month.  So Pastor Miguel started letting me help out around the project first as part-time and then thankfully it turned out to be full-time. ”

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Omar continues, “I didn’t know how much I was going to love my job. But I do. Every day I have to make sure we are ready for all the kids, and make sure we (Crucitas staff) create a safe and secure environment for the kids. I keep track of the kids, their health, and their family situation. I visit them, and alongside our wonderful Crucitas staff, come up with ideas on how to serve them better. Butl the best part is getting to play with them. This is when all their worries and concerns are gone and they can be children for a little bit.  So I make sure it’s as memorable as it can be. Every single face has a story, some are more heart-breaking then others and honestly, I see myself in them.  Their story is no different than mine and I wish I had someone to show me the right path back then. So each day I pray that God will use me to impact their lives and I use every little opportunity to make a connection with them. I am challenged constantly to give my best for them, because I want them to make the right decisions, I want them to know Christ as their Lord and Savior, I want them to succeed and become men and women of Christ.”

Omar is another proof of God’s redeeming love and the wonderful ministry POI has in Honduras.  Omar and the POI team would appreciate if you would join us in praying the following requests for Omar:

  • Wisdom as he continues with his seminary education
  • Opportunities and receptive hearts as he continues to share the gospel with the kids and their families
  • Pray for protection as he is constantly visiting rough parts of Crucitas neighborhood in order to establish connections with our children’s family
  • Pray that he will continue to have patience and wisdom to help these children as they deal with the pain and trouble in their young lives.
  • Pray for wisdom when leading the group of staff at Crucitas

MEET ANA RIVERA | ONE OF OUR POI STAFF MEMBERS

Behind any successful ministry there is a team of leaders who pour everything they’ve got into their work for the good of the ministry’s mission.  Often as supporters you get to hear about the big picture: Point of Impact does outstanding ministry in the neighborhoods of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. But today we want to highlight one of the members of an incredible staff who helps make our programs the success that they are.

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Ana Rivera is one of our newest team members.  Ana serves alongside Dr. Ivan in Honduras.  In essence, Ana is like the hands and feet of our ministry.  Let’s take an inside look at one of our star team members on the POI staff!

Ana was born and raised in Honduras. She went to college in the states at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.  After graduating from college, Ana returned to her home country to invest and serve in the community where she came from.  She was kind enough to give us a little bit of her story:

Ana, give us insight about how you came to know Jesus:

A: I am blessed to have born in a Christian household. As a pastor’s daughter church became a second home for me. I made the decision “to follow Christ” at a very young age and since then every moment in my life has brought me to experience Christ’s love, mercy, grace, and discipline in different ways. My life is far from perfect but each day I strive to seek Christ with all that I am and pray that my intimacy with Him can be tangible enough so that I can enable others to know Him.

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How did you end up at POI?

A: I was told about POI about 5 years ago from Mrs. Joyce Harms and her husband Dr. David Harms. They were IMB missionaries in Honduras for over 30 years. They are very close family friends and after I graduated from college they recommended that I look at POI and see if it was something that I would want to get involved with. But I never did.

I started working for other non-profits with very strict policies against employees sharing their faith. So even though their work was outstanding and I learned so much from all of them, I became weary. Weary because I couldn’t keep on clothing, feeding and helping others without the freedom of sharing with them the reason why I did those things and the true hope that they could find in Christ. So I started praying for a job opportunity where God could use the skills he had given me to make Him known.

I truly believe that for Christians nothing happens “randomly” or “by coincidence”. I found the POI job posting online but it didn’t state the company name so when I eventually found out it was POI I laughed a little about how the Lord had brought all this to a full circle.

What are you passionate about?

A: I am passionate about sharing the gospel. I am passionate about advocacy for women and children. I am passionate about my family.

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Share a fun story about your work with us-

A: It was my first week of work at POI, and I was told that we had a team coming.  We went to the airport to pick them up and I saw a familiar face.  One of the team members was a very close friend of mine from college who I hadn’t seen in about 5 years.  We ran and hugged, as we screamed, creating a scene in the airport. I felt extremely blessed to start my first week at POI with friends. What a gift from the Lord.  And the gift hasn’t stopped there.  POI has been a blessing and answer to my prayers.

As you can see Ana is a gift to our ministry!  We thank the Lord for providing the right people to get His work done. She has a heart to love the children and serve the communities.  We praise the Lord for the wonderful addition that Ana is to our team.