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christina hastings

Christina Hastings is a Jesus-follower who desires to love well and love hard. Her life slogan is: “Lovin’ Jesus. Lovin’ people. Lovin’ Life.” As a young teenager, she developed an interest in photography that later grew into a passion and subsequently a business.

Today by God’s grace, Christina is a portrait and wedding photographer having owned and operated Christina Hastings Photography for the past four years. She feel a thrill when capturing beautiful, life-filled moments with the click of a shutter, and she gets excited when teaching others about her passions.

Christina’s work can be found on her business website: www.christinahastings.com

Noel A

I was raised by Christian parents in northern Virginia just outside of DC. In high school, we moved to South Florida where I later met my husband, Brett. Drama was my first love, and my favorite parts were Aunt March in Little Women and a Brooklyn version of the Star of Bethlehem. I lived at home and worked my way through Florida Atlantic University, where I graduated with a BA in Communications in 1989.

Brett and I had a whirlwind courtship, getting engaged only six weeks after our first date. And in November, we’ll celebrate the birth of our eleventh child within days of our 25th wedding anniversary. Before having children, I volunteered for a crisis pregnancy center, counseling and doing administrative work, as well as some PR. Today, I’m a full-time mom and home educator.

I enjoy snow, hiking, and mountains, and I especially love hiking in snowy mountains. I also love to golf–when I’m not pregnant. Reading and blogging are some of my hobbies, and I’m especially drawn to theology and politics. I prefer classic literature to modern fiction, and on of my favorite quotes is from educator Charlotte Mason: “Having read a good book once, you have only just breakfasted.”

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I was saved when I was six, due to the persistent preaching of the gospel in our home by my dad. Truly, I was a strong-willed little terror up to that point, and my parents tell me that even at that young age, I had a dramatic conversion experience and was permanently and positively changed. That is the miracle of salvation.

Growing up, I was raised in a charismatic church. My parents were very intentional about discipleship. But about 12 years ago, my husband and I became aware of reformed theology, and we simply couldn’t argue against the truth of it, as we saw it everywhere in scripture.

As an adult Christian now, I know the that the one drawback of being raised in a Christian home is that you’re not as aware of what God has saved you from; you’re not as aware of your own depravity. So, one of our goals as parents has been to make sure that our kids know, really know, that they are sinners saved by grace, and to be thankful for that.

I am thankful, first of all, for the salvation offered to me through Jesus. Second, I am thankful for the loving headship of my husband. Third, I am thankful for the generations of godly preachers who continue to fight the good fight. Some of my favorites include: Charles Spurgeon, John Piper, Al Mohler, Voddie Bauchum, Matt Chandler, and Kevin DeYoung.

Jessica B

Every time a person asks for my bio I get anxious: What if I can’t portray myself in a pleasing way? What if I turn out differently than what people expect me to be? And how can I put my passion for God into a few words? In an attempt to answer these questions I could paint a fancy picture that portrays my resumé; or I could sit down with you over coffee and talk for hours on end. Since I value close relationships, authenticity, and love coffee – I would choose the latter.

As we drink coffee together, I would share with you who I am and who God created me to be. I would tell you all about what I am not only doing to end sex trafficking, but what I am doing to pioneer recovery programs for survivors. I would explain the desire I have to get my Psy D. in clinical psychology and my love for theology. I would tell you stories of God’s faithfulness and His tenderness towards His precious daughters; and I would try to pass on to you my passion to know God intimately.

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Throughout my life I have suffered many difficult things; but through the trials I have experienced the presence of God. Personally, I have found that my pain has become my doorway into entering into a deep relationship with God. In other words, brokenness has become my compass as I seek intimacy with God.

When I am not in school or at work, I can be found hiking the mountains of Colorado; singing random songs at the top of my lungs; reading theological books, writing; painting; quilting; teaching cello; and finding the perfect soy latté.

I have been praying for each of you as you prepare to come to Academy 31. I look forward to the group of girls God brings together. I love you deeply already and I look forward to meeting you!

Joyce F

Joyce was born on May 14, 1949 to Michael and Lorraine Sergey as the first born of four children. She grew up in Chicago, Illinois and attended the public schools graduating from Steinmetz High School in 1967. It was in her senior year that she became a special friend to Ron Fuhrman, the young man that she would eventually marry and serve together with now for 42 years.

After high school she worked for Skrudland Photo Service as a salesperson. After a year she enrolled at Moody Bible Institute and quickly was recognized for her leadership skills and became a dorm counselor. Following her time at Moody she and Ron were married in 1971. They together had three children and now the family has been blessed by the Lord with 18 grandchildren.

Her ministry has included serving as a pastor’s wife. She has also served alongside her husband in other ministries in various roles, including hospitality and decorating coordinator and food service director. Her life verse is “Whatsoever you do in word or deed, do all to the glory of God.”

Janice M

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