CONOR AND ASHLEY’S STORY

I remember Ashley and I entered Ozark Christian College the same semester – spring of ’12. We followed Conor by one semester. They’re from Santa Clarita Valley, California. I immediately admired Ashley and her chic Cali style and long beachy waves from afar. (We lived in different dorm buildings.) Conor was the guy with a…

RUSSELL’S STORY

Welcome to part two of the Henleys’ stories! Russell is an A-grade husband, father, and friend. He’s an extender of grace and instigator of intentional interactions. He knows no stranger and is someone who is kind enough to offer expectant prayer on the spot. His story is a testament to the life-changing power of the…

KANDACE’S STORY

I met Kandace a few years ago in the workplace. She appeared in the midst of a hard time for me and was calm, steady, and loving while our surroundings were hectic and unpredictable. Since I have known both her and her husband, they have became deeply engrained in our church and are constantly seen…

CAITLIN’S STORY

Caitlin met me in my apartment on a Saturday morning. We have been around each other off and on for the last few years because of attending the same college and church, but we rarely had a chance to deeply chat. Everyone: God shines in her story. In moments when it seemed like everything was against her, God…

TYLER’S STORY

One of the hardest parts of this ongoing project is trying to decide who to ask to share their story. All of them are important. All of them should be told. I heavily rely on God to place people on my heart because He knows who needs to hear what and when. In the first moments…

KENDRA’S STORY

Kendra is a Neosho, Missouri native and is known as “Miss Hamilton” to her second grade class within the Joplin school district. I met Kendra in the fall of 2015. We were Education majors at Missouri Southern State University and our friendship budded in Language Arts class. I was mesmerized by her instant kindness and total inclusion…

JOSH’S STORY

Joshua and I met in Kindergarten at age five and went to school together for the following 15 years (with the exception of one semester of college.) Our grade never had any more than about 20 students from Kindergarten to 12th grade, so you can imagine how well we know each other after all of…