Prize Profile: Winnifer Yandell

 

Tell us about yourself and your family.

winn 1 I was born in Kentucky, though I grew up in Maryland. After getting my teaching degree, I landed in prison, teaching a reintegration class for inmates.  It was the first job offered, so I took it until I figured out what I really wanted to do. God had other plans and used an inmate clerk to get my attention! I realized it was THE job God planned for me, when I finally accepted Him! I fell in love with encouraging my students to make better choices and not to waste their second chance.

Seasons changed, I moved to Lubbock and began teaching life skills classes for SPC at the county residential treatment center. The facility was not as harsh as the prison I left, but the brokenness was the same. My students were mostly young and in recovery from addictions, abuse, and for most – many levels of neglect.  I taught classes from a Christian cognitive behavioral therapy approach. Helping my students get excited about their future was a privilege.

Our Family ~

Jack and I are about to celebrate 15 years of marriage in July.  God allowed me to become an instant mom and grandmom that day!  Both kids were grown with families of their own. Marty and Pam live close by with their two boys, Jake and Jesse. Amy and Jason live in town. Granddaughters Erica and Erin are both in college and recently engaged. Amy’s younger three – Alex, Charlie and JJ- are still school aged.

Jack and I share an old farmhouse outside of town with a frisky mutt, Jedediah, and a few coyotes. We had a skunk visit last week.

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How long have you attended Trinity and in what ways do you serve?

I started attending Trinity when I first learned of the opening of what is now my position. My season was changing and God clearly said “Trinity” when I asked him what was next. The job description on the website made my heart soar! The moment we entered the sanctuary we felt the presence of the Holy Spirit and have loved our church home ever since!  Trinity has so much to offer God’s family – there is something for everyone.

 

What are you reading and listening to lately?

I’ve mostly focused on my new study Bible for several months, but just started Radical by David Platt.  I love listening to K-Love, and get especially pumped when Brandon Heath’s “I’m Not Who I Was” comes on the radio.

 

winn 3 Tell us about one of your favorite places you have ever visited/traveled to?

Jack and I went on a road trip up the coast of California. We stopped at every worn spot on the side of Hwy 1 and had a blast discovering fantastic caves, rock cliffs, offshore arches, and waterfalls along the beaches from San Diego to north of Eureka. We then left the coast and crossed over to Yosemite after touring the redwoods. Magnificent!!

 

Brag a minute and tell us about one of your biggest accomplishments or proudest moments!

I have the best job ever and am so thankful for the opportunity at Outreach to share the love of Christ with the hurting. Nothing is better than seeing hope restored and lives changed! Following up with those we serve and seeing them progress is such a blessing.

 

 

Comments

  1. Thank you Winnifer for sharing your story!

  2. Ingrid Johnson says:

    You are a true angel and hard working servant! Your family is beautiful.

  3. Meredith Mitchell says:

    Love it! So glad we finally get to see you on the blog! Love you!

  4. Gloria Toti says:

    The more I learn about you the more I like you. Thanks for all you do to help others Winnifer.

    Praying for you during this season.

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