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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 Dr. Ivan | The Newest POI Staff Member

297497_630339856995186_1698478907_nDr. Ivan began working with us just last month as our new executive director, but he is no stranger to POI. From 2010 to 2012 he served as the doctor and administrator in our neighborhood programs and orphanages.

You hear a lot about the work Point of Impact does in the neighborhoods of Tegucigalpa, Honduras. What you probably don’t know is that we have an incredible staff that holds each of these programs together, but rarely gets the recognition they deserve. This is the your inside look at the staff of POI.

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