The Hollis D. Marshall
Since 2001, Judy has been awarding scholarships each year to at least one student through the Hollis D. Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund. The recipients have colorful and varied backgrounds. Here are their stories.
Scholarship Recipients2019-2020 Nathan Williams -- (Texas), Marketing, University of Texas at Dallas (Dallas, TX). Nathan Williams is a 2019 homeschool graduate. He will study Marketing at the University of Texas at Dallas in the fall of 2019. Nathan has attended WoodsEdge Community Church his whole life and has been an active servant in the student ministry for the past seven years. He has participated in the student band, the greeting team, and the tech team. He has also had the opportunity to go on multiple backpacking trips to Colorado with the student ministry. Over the summer of 2018, he worked as an intern with Voice of Wilderness, the Christian organization that guides the Colorado backpacking trips. He has spent many more days on the trail as a Boy Scout and more recently as an Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts has been an excellent place for Nathan to grow as a leader and as a man. Nathan is also an avid carpenter and has submitted many entries into the RAW art show to fund his mission trips and student retreats. Nathan hopes to pursue a career in the music industry using his education to support his passion.
2020-2021 Scholarship Recipients
Christina Hernandez is a 2019 graduate from iSchool High The Woodlands. Throughout high school, she was enrolled in college classes and received her Associates of Arts by her senior year. While in high school she was also a member of the National Honors Society as well as the English Honors Society. Christina is currently in her third year of college at Houston Baptist University. Christina is currently a member of the American Marketing Association within her university. As one can tell, she is dedicated to school and finds joy in learning something new every day. In addition to learning, Christina also prioritizes her relationship with the Lord. She has been a member of the Woodsedge Community Church for over 10 years now and has participated in many of the student ministry activities. Her short term goal is to receive a degree in Marketing and minor in finance along with attending graduate school in order to obtain an MBA. However, her main objective is to find a branch of work within the world of business that she can use in order to share the love of the Lord with others.
Tahtiana Santiago is a graduate of Klein Oak High School. During her high school years, Tahtiana was able to develop and demonstrate her leadership skills having earned positions such as Dance Principal for the KO Dance Company and the Community Service Chair for HOSA. She was involved in both the English/Spanish National Honor Societies, and during her junior year was awarded the Gold Medal in the International Spanish Test. Early in her senior year she also participated in the All-State/Region Choir Competitions. Since moving to Texas from Puerto Rico in 2017, Tahtiana has attended and served at WoodsEdge Community Church as a worship Leader for the various Worship Ministries. After experiencing her first Mission Trip to the Dominican Republic in 2019, she feels called by God to pursue a degree in Music Therapy, thereby benefitting others through the unique and truly amazing power of music. Tahtiana is grateful for her family and God who have shaped her into the compassionate and determined young lady she is today and she us eager to see the beautiful colors that will soon come to life on the canvas of her life.
2019-2020 Scholarship Recipients
Nathan Williams is a 2019 homeschool graduate. He will study Marketing at the University of Texas at Dallas in the fall of 2019. Nathan has attended WoodsEdge Community Church his whole life and has been an active servant in the student ministry for the past seven years. He has participated in the student band, the greeting team, and the tech team. He has also had the opportunity to go on multiple backpacking trips to Colorado with the student ministry. Over the summer of 2018, he worked as an intern with Voice of Wilderness, the Christian organization that guides the Colorado backpacking trips. He has spent many more days on the trail as a Boy Scout and more recently as an Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts has been an excellent place for Nathan to grow as a leader and as a man. Nathan is also an avid carpenter and has submitted many entries into the RAW art show to fund his mission trips and student retreats. Nathan hopes to pursue a career in the music industry using his education to support his passion.
Brooke Chevalier is a 2019 graduate of Legacy Preparatory Christian Academy. During high school, Brooke played volleyball all four years and ran track and field for two years at the varsity level. Brooke also participated in horseback riding outside of school and hopes to join A&M’s equestrian team in the fall. She was also Vice President of her school’s National Honor Society. Additionally, Brooke has been part of WoodsEdge Community Church for four years. She was part of a small group as a student and also a team leader on the Student Ministry’s Set Up/Tear Down Team. Brooke has also attended many student trips and events during her time in high school with WoodsEdge. She attended the backpacking trip in Colorado for two consecutive years and will attend a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in the summer. Brooke has also participated in “Freedom Weekend” at WoodsEdge for the past three years. In the fall of 2019, Brooke will be attending Texas A&M University in College Station to pursue her dream of becoming a veterinarian. She will be majoring in Biomedical Science for her undergraduate degree and then move on to veterinary school. Brooke is excited to see how God will grow her as she steps into the next stage of her life.
Julia Lewis is a 2019 graduate from Legacy Prep. Throughout High School, Julia was involved in Cheer, Basketball, and National Honors Society. Julia was National Honor Society's Public Relations Officer as well as she was voted and crowned Homecoming Queen her senior year. Julia has received numerous awards through cheer and was the bronze winner of Montgomery County's Right to Life's Oratory Contest in 2018. Additionally, Julia has been a member of Woodsedge for over 14 years. Julia is passionate about serving and being a light to kids and has served in the kindergarten classroom and has been a Jungle Jam leader in Woodsedge Kid's ministry all four years of High School. In the fall, she will be attending Dallas Baptist University to major in Early Childhood Education in hopes that she can inspire and be a light to kids in the future through teaching and eventually being a counselor. Julia is grateful for this scholarship and the many other blessings God has provided her with and can't wait to see how He will continue to bless her over the next four years!
2018-2019 Scholarship Recipients
Ryan Shannon is a 2018 graduate of Oak Ridge High School. While he attended Oak Ridge, he played basketball for the school’s team. He also was a very active member of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). Through FBLA, Ryan went to multiple business and leadership conferences throughout the state of Texas, and competed at several district and state competitions. In addition, during his senior year, Ryan competed in UIL Accounting. In the Fall of 2018, Ryan will attend his first semester at Lonestar Community College. There he will work toward achieving his Associate of Arts and then transfer to Sam Houston State University where he will complete his degree in Philosophy. Once he has earned his Bachelor's Degree, he will then attend seminary, and pursue his calling to serve as a pastor.
Kelsi Nelson is a 2017 Graduate as a former homeschooler. Throughout being homeschooled, Kelsi grew up as a missionary kid in Honduras and in Ecuador. She has volunteered with helping a kids VBS in Ecuador and has been a part of many mission trips including Mexico, Turkey, and Germany. In her senior year of high school, she became a full time dual credit student at Lone Star Community College. Additionally, Kelsi has been involved with Woodsedge Community Church for over 9 years. She was a part of a small group as a former student and was a small group leader for the student ministry on an event called “Freedom Weekend”. She is passionate about serving and leading others. As she has served with a backpacking trip in Colorado for the past 2 years that helps kids learn about who God calls them to be. Kelsi is transferring as a Junior in college to the University of Mary Hardin Baylor in the fall of 2018. She will be majoring in Exercise Physiology and she is very excited to see where God will take her in this journey.
Jaymee Medina is a 2018 honor graduate from Klein Oak High School. Throughout high school, Jaymee has participated and held office in HOSA, a national organization for future health professionals and is a part of the National Honor Society. God has put it on her heart to give her life to serve and care for others. Jaymee has grown up in the Woods- Edge Community, her family has been a part of the church since moving to the Woodlands area in 2004. Beginning her freshman year of high school, God placed it on her heart to serve in the children’s ministry where she consistently served in the children’s ministry through 2017. Currently Jaymee is serving in the student ministry on the welcome team. She will be attending the University of Texas at Austin to pursue her dream of becoming a nurse. As a nurse she would like to serve on medical mission trips bringing the gospel and the love of Jesus everywhere she goes. Jaymee is forever grateful for this opportunity that she has been blessed with and cannot wait to see all that God will do over the next four years!
2016-2017 Scholarship Recipients
Carla Fernandez is a 2017 graduate of Northland Christian School. Throughout high school, she held office in Student Council and was a member of the National Honor Society. She participated in Speech and Debate all four years and received various award levels of degree. Additionally, she's been a member of Woodsedge for over eight years and has been part of the mission team to Guatemala for the past two summers. She is passionate about worship and has been a leader in the student worship band since her sophomore year. In the fall, she will be attending Dallas Baptist University to obtain a degree in marketing so that she can achieve her dream to work for a humanitarian aid organization as a marketing director. She is immensely grateful to have such an amazing opportunity that enables her to pursue her goal.
Margo Radach is a graduate from The Woodlands High school class of 2017. In high school Margo was a member of both National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. She was also the co-president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes and was a member of the track team. Her main passion is simply learning more about the God who created her and then sharing that with others. As an involved student at Woodsedge Community Church, Margo participated in a small group through the student ministry as well as helped lead various ministry events. She also served as one of six summer interns for the student ministry. As part of this role she helped lead a mission trip to Guatemala, a small group for the church's summer camp and a weekly VBS-like program for children. She will be attending Colorado Christian University to study Business Administration and is very excited to see how God shapes her world through the following years.
David Baker is a 2016 graduate at The Woodlands College Park. He will be attending the University Of North Texas to study graphic design and fine arts. Along with art, he loves skateboarding and community service. He combined all of his passions to create a skateboarding, mentor, based outreach program in less fortunate areas called the KickFlip Project. He use skateboarding to to positively influence children and provide them with the opportunity to make friends and give them the opportunity to be kids. He also participates in programs benefiting foster children and teens like Run for Hope, Angel Reach, and Royal Family Kids Camp. In school he is an officer in the National Art Honor Society which uses art to positively impact the community. He plans to use this scholarship to get a full learning experience that UNT has to offer.
Karina Weathers is a 2016 graduate of College Park High School. During high school she was a member of Interact, National Honor Society, and the treasurer of Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. She was also a member of her school's orchestra and varsity track for all four years. She has been a member of WoodsEdge Community Church for several years and been on mission trips with the student ministry to Germany, Georgia, and Guatemala. She has also been an active volunteer in the childcare for the past seven years. Karina lettered in academics and athletics freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school. She loves ministering and working with children and hopes to become an elementary teacher in the future. In the fall she will attend Stephen F. Austin State University with a major in education.
2015-2016 Scholarship Recipients
Catalina Morales is a Class of 2013 Magna Cum Laude graduate of Conroe High School. She is currently a college sophomore pursuing an Architecture degree from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX. Catalina is very passionate about using her talents to bless others. She is currently taking a class in which the students have designed and are now building a tiny house to donate to a non-profit organization called, Community First in Austin, TX that helps keep the homeless off the streets. She is also very involved in the TAMU chapter of American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS), Aggie Sisters for Christ, and various volunteer organizations on and off campus. Catalina is a member of Townwood Baptist Church in Conroe, TX and continually helps with youth related events as a leader and mentor. While she is enrolled in College Station, she attends Iglesia Casa del Alfarero (The Potter’s House Church) and also serves as a leader to the adolescents. She is an active contributor to both her college and home communities. Catalina has been truly blessed by the WoodsEdge Memorial Scholarship and plans to continue her commitment to serving others because that is her ultimate joy.
Abraham Jasso is an undergraduate from Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Music. About 7 years ago, he realized he had a deep desire to study God’s word as he was serving as a worship leader at his parents’ Hispanic church. He daily developed a more profound love for God and an urge to know more of Him. He started educating himself on God’s word by reading books and listening to well-renowned theologians. Now, after spending time in prayer, seeking advice from respected church leaders, and following open doors, he has decided to pursue a master’s degree in media arts and worship from Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). The goal of this master’s degree from DTS aims at equipping ministers to integrate a sound theological foundation in the fields of media arts, music, and worship. With this degree he hopes to enhance the level of worship within the Hispanic culture.
Anna Johnston is a class of 2015 graduate from Conroe High School in Conroe, TX. In the fall of 2015, she will be attending Dallas Baptist University to major in Music Business in hope to pursue a career in worship leadership. She has been a part of her high school choir, is a member of the worship team at her church, is an officer of National Honor Society, and has volunteered with her school, church, and community. She is passionate about Jesus, leading her fellow brothers and sisters in worship, and serving everyone around her. She cannot wait to see what awesome things God has for her in her relationship with Him, her family and friends and how she will grow even more when at college! She is very thankful and greatly blessed to be able to receive this scholarship and see how it will help her achieve and pursue her passions!
Lauren Doss is a 2015 graduating senior from The Woodlands High School. She plans to attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida in the fall and major in Aerospace Engineering. She has been involved in JROTC since her freshman year and was the Marksmanship Commander leading her team to Nationals for two consecutive years and earning the top 5th shooter in the nation. She also founded the Highlander Heroes in which students served active duty military families along side WECC Armor of God Ministry. Lauren has attended WECC since she was in first grade. While there she has served on the parking and café teams, as well as, helping with Mission Houston. Lauren has a heart for the struggling and will continue to use the trials God has brought her through to be a light to others He brings across her path. She has out of this world goals and hope to bring honor and glory to God through the gifts and talents He has given her. She is very thankful to be considered and blessed with such a generous scholarship to help her achieve these goals.
Thomas (Trey) Miller
Thomas Miller is a graduate from Magnolia High School. He was involved in the National Honor Society, BPA, and the school's math club while he was there. Thomas also completed over 100 hours of community service, most of which came from volunteering at a non-profit resale shop that donated all of its profits to charities and children's ministries. The woman he worked for at the resale shop gave him a real life example of how God's hands are always at work in people's lives. Thomas will attend Texas A&M in August of 2015, through the Blinn Team program. He will pursue a major in chemistry, while also being apart of the Corps of Cadets. He plans to commission as an officer in the Marine Corps after he finishes college. Thomas is so grateful for the donation from the Hollis D. Marshall Memorial Scholarship Fund, for it will help him accomplish God's plan for him.
2014-2015 Scholarship Recipients
Martina Ena Puja
Martina Ena Puja is a 2013 high school graduate in Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She lives there with her parents who are missionaries. Her father serves as a pastor in the local church. In her high school Martina was involved with a choir and she attended the first aid competitions. Beside her school activities she also has been involved with Wave project from its beginning. Namely, volunteering in educational programs taking place in the local church. She has been to several mission trips with her church as well. Important part of her volunteer work with Wave projects is serving in the orphanage and the school for children with different needs. While volunteering she discovered her love for helping children that are in need. That is why she wants to study Psychology. She plans to gain undergraduate degree in Psychology at the University of Greenwich, London, UK.
Alaina Platt is a 2014 graduate of Klein High School, Spring, TX. During high school, she was the captain of her varsity soccer team, member of National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and on the homecoming court. She has been a member of WoodsEdge Community Church her whole life and has been active in various ministries throughout the church and has served in the nursery for 8 years. From an early age she has always loved taking care of babies and loving on people no matter who they were. She's had two opportunities to go on a mission trip to an orphanage in Kenya where The Lord captured her heart for the orphans. Since God placed children on her heart, she dreams of having orphanages all over the world. In the fall she will attend Lonestar Community College with a major in education, hoping to fulfill her dreams of teaching and working with orphans. Alaina is extremely grateful and feels unbelievably blessed to receive this scholarship.
Christal Tyler Sanchez
Tyler Sanchez is a 2014 graduate of TWHS. She has been blessed to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the school yearbook alongside her identical twin sister, Bailey. She has been involved in many activities during her time at THS including The Cougar Charms Drill team, swim team and yearbook. She will be attending Blinn College and plans on transferring to Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences in 2015. Tyler has been involved with Woodsedge Community Church since 2008 and has been on mission trips with Woodsedge in the Houston area, Mexico, Colorado, New York, and Germany. She will also participate in the Leader Treks program in Montana this summer. She regularly volunteers with Channel One and has been able to use this special time to love on children and share the love of Jesus. Her passion is to serve others and bless those around her; it is one of the many joys in her life. She will be an intern in the summer of 2014 with the Woodsedge Student Ministry program and is very excited about the upcoming experiences and adventures that await her!
Melanie Rogers is a 2014 graduate of The Woodlands High school in The Woodlands, Texas. This upcoming fall she will be attending Lonestar Community college. She will be majoring in Education and plans to become a kindergarden teacher. While in High School she participated in her high school's cross country and track team for her last two years. She has a passion for children and helping others. She volunteers at the WoodsEdge Community Church in the Student Cafe and many organizations involving the homeless. Melanie is extremely grateful and feels blessed to have received this scholarship.
2013-2014 Scholarship Recipients
McCall Moore is a Class of 2013 Chatham High School graduate, in Chatham, NJ. In August, McCall will be attending Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. McCall plans to major in business and become involved in many new clubs and sports. While at Chatham High, McCall played 4 years of varsity softball and soccer, and was involved in the schools Pep Club, Habitat for Humanity Club, Key Club, and volunteered with many other organizations outside of the school. McCall is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Chatham Township, and has been on two mission trips with her church. The first was a trip to Pickens, West Virginia, where many members of the church spent the week making repairs on two houses in the town, while talking with the families who lived there. The second was a trip to New Orleans, Louisiana, where many church members helped construct a house over the course of one week. McCall is very active in her community, and plans to continue her involvement at TCU in the fall. McCall is very thankful for this gift that the Woodsedge Community Church has given her.
Andrea Shannon is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Oak Ridge High School, Class of 2012. Her senior year she was blessed with the leadership positions of Lieutenant Colonel of the Liberty Belles Drill Team and Editor-in-Chief of the school newspaper. She was also a member of National Honor Society, National English Honor Society, and Mu Alpha Theta. Andrea has been involved with WoodsEdge Community Church for many years and even interned with the Student Ministry in the summer of 2012. She's been on mission trips with WoodsEdge to Mexico, L.A., Kenya, New York, and will be in Germany this summer with TeenStreet. Andrea loves using the gifts she's been blessed with to bring hope to the nations, and will continue to do so. Andrea recently finished her freshman year at Baylor University with a 4.0. She plans to use this scholarship to continue her success and graduate from Baylor with a BBA in Business Journalism.
Courtney is the middle daughter of Bill and Kathy and sister to Lindsay and Kelsey. She was born in Alpharetta, Georgia during a February ice storm. She has been homeschooled all her life. At an early age she enjoyed helping others who were hurt by praying for them, “pray… pray… boo boo heal…Amen” at age 2 and carrying around a Band-Aid in her pocket at age 4. It is no wonder that she has decided to pursue a career in nursing. Her other joy is children. She has worked in the infant nursery room at WoodsEdge Community Church, volunteered at Memorial Hermann Hospital, babysat numerous children, and worked at Frontier Camp. These activities have led her to want to specialize in neonatal nursing. Additionally, Courtney has maintained a high academic standard by obtaining a 4.29 GPA in high school through home study, honors classes, and dual credit classes at Lone Star College. She is a member of Mu Eta Sigma National Math Honor Society, and has been on the President’s List at Lone Star College for the last two semesters. Christian Youth Theater (CYT) was another passion for Courtney. She was involved in 10 productions and earned the prestigious Decathlon Award and the humbling Rose Award. Her favorite roles were Pocahontas in Pocahontas, Ruth in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, and a feather duster in Beauty and the Beast. Other free time activities include Ultimate Frisbee, piano, and hanging out with friends. In the fall, she will be attending University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton, Texas. Go Cru!
2012-2013 Scholarship Recipients
Kiresha Johnson is a sophomore at Baylor University. She is a Biochemistry Pre-Med major with a minor in Business Administration. She graduated from The Woodlands High School in 2011. Kiresha has been featured in the Houston Chronicle Ultimate as "Student of the Week" and served in many community service organizations. She served as a Memorial Hermann Junior Volunteer dedicating more than 300 hours. She also enjoys singing in her school gospel choir. She plans to have a career in the medical field. She believes she has been called to serve and bless children that are in need. Being a leader in many school organizations, and focusing on promoting a positive influence upon her peers, Kiresha is grateful and blessed to be a recipient of this scholarship.
Julia Rogers began homeschool in her junior and senior year of high school. She was able to attend Lone Star Montgomery College as a duel credit student and has accomplished thirty credits in three semesters by the time she graduated from high school in June 2011. This upcoming fall she will be attending Dallas Baptist University as a junior. She will be majoring in a BBA Degree of Music Business in hope of becoming a successful recording artist. She has a passion for leading and influencing others through Jesus Christ. She has led junior high girls during weekend retreats and found it to be rewarding. She felt privileged to spend time shepherding these younger students. She volunteers at Woodsedge Community Church in the Student Café and feeds the homeless at Gipson Park through the Life House Organization. She feels extremely blessed to have been awarded this scholarship to help her accomplish her dreams.
Austin Rumpel is a class of 2012 Klein Oak High School graduate in Spring, TX. This upcoming fall he will be attending Dallas Baptist University. He will be majoring in Biblical Studies in hope of becoming a leader or pastor of a church. He lettered in Junior Air Force ROTC and also wrestled on as a part of his schools wrestling team for three years. He has a passion for helping and encouraging fellow believers and by the grace of God continues to grow in His relationship with God. Austin feels and is very blessed to receive this incredible scholarship!
2011-2012 Scholarship Recipients
Sam was born in Bogota, Columbia, and lived in Quito, Ecuador. With his father's job as a missionary and doctoral student, Sam has moved 14 times.
He plans to attend graduate school in New York City and study Art and Philosophy, then teach, within the church or academia, with film-making as a profession.
The most important treasure in life is a heart that accepts the Spirit of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and "Passes It On" while pulling others up!"
Judy first met Sandy Jenkins while she was visiting with a friend, Dave Meek in New Zealand after her two-week cycling trip in February 2005 around Franz Josef Glacier/Mt. Cook Village in the South Island. Sandy, Dave Meek, Vera Cotrino and Judy spent several weeks together traveling by car visiting the North and South Islands of New Zealand and becoming fast friends with much to share with one another. Again, "Congratulations Sandy on your higher education goals!"
During Judy's trip to New Zealand to bike the Southern Alps tour with http://www.pedaltours.co.nz/, Judy earned enough money from her friends and family to sponsor two young candidates for 2006-2007. Both are outstanding young men who have some of their roots through the Stillwater Community Chapel, Grand Lake, CO where Judy goes to church in the summer time while visiting at her cabin.
Photo: Jonathan with Judy and Dr. Linda
If you have been following along with my website and my bike training (or lack of) you will be interested in how he was chosen. On 1/26/05 I biked from my home in River Plantation, Conroe, TX to my photovideo lab in Kingwood, TX. As I left Kingwood, I looked out through my rear view mirror which hooks onto my glasses to check out the traffic behind me. In doing so, I ran my front tire into a "chuck hole" and it flipped me into a ditch filled with 4 feet of water and mud. I sat there for a minute really dazed but knew I had no broken bones. I didn't think anyone had seen me fall!
But to my amazement, a young man crossed the median and came down into the ditch and said, "Hey Lady, are you OK?" I told him yes, but that my pride was hurt a little. At that point he helped me up and all the water and mud began to flow out of my helmet into my eyes. He brought me back home in his car to Conroe. In the meantime Jonathan told me that he was a student of kinesiology at Kingwood College and was wanting to go to Sam Houston State College to get a teaching degree and coach. I listened with interest as he was talking about how he was wanting to help other young men and women, as he had recently sustained an injury that was keeping him from playing football for awhile. I also learned later that he has an identical twin brother, Joel, who is also attending Kingwood College. Jonathan showed by stopping to help pick me up that he is a present day "Good Samaritan," and he demonstrated that he possessed a heart to help others. This is truly the "spirit" of individuals chosen for the HDM Scholarship.
I didn't get his address or phone number when he dropped me off, as I was still a little dumbfounded. I gave him my card and asked him to email me. He didn't but it became apparent to me (in the middle of the night) that God had chosen the next HDM scholarship recipient! I went to Kingwood College (twice) to see if I could get his address and phone number. But because of their restrictions to give out personal information on their students I hit a dead end. I decided to go by the President's Office to see if she could help. She was not in her office but I was given a business card for the school's Director of College Relations and Cable Communications who along with her assistant did a lot of discovery work for me. Jonathan Franks did call me finally and the school is wanting to take our pictures along with the HDM Scholarship plaque and letter which acknowledges him being awarded the $1000.00 scholarship to be used at the college of his choice this coming fall. If there is any doubt in your minds that God can orchestrate "good out of difficult circumstances" this oughta shake you up a little. I am forever amazed!
Romans 8:28, The Living Bible: "And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into His plans."
Both of these young men were chosen without my having met them personally.
She first came to Judy Marshall's attention through John and Lois Stefan, Founders of Helping Hands Foundation. They were missionaries in Croatia at the end of the Balkins War. John had retired from Exxon as a computer technician and Lois, his wife was a retired school teacher. They were wanting to help in some way in Croatia and the President of the Chamber of Commerce of Sisak came to them to see if they might teach computers to individuals who had none of the skills needed to obtain a job. John and Lois undertook starting a basic computer school and one of their interpreter's was Tea Deak. Tea had a bachelor's degree in Theology and spoke excellent English. After emailing with the Stefans, it was decided that Tea would be a good candidate to come to the US and live with me for a year while she obtained the MOUS certification which would qualify her to go home to Croatia and teach all the Microsoft software products and even build web pages. Tea came to live with me at a particularly difficult time in my life when I had just lost my late husband, Hollis Marshall's to Alzheimer's. That year was an incredible year for me and I have to believe it was the same for Tea. She became my Croatian daughter and now has returned to Croatia where she has set up a first class program for the students in Sisak. Tea also goes to Serbia to teach in a school she helped to set up there. Tea is someone that has tremendous energy and many great ideas which she continues to carry out. She is considering returning to university to get her Masters and Doctorate in Theology so that she can continue to help the women (and men) that she comes in contact with. She has been "paying back" ever since she returned home.....but while living with me she encouraged me to "get back into the fight of life"! Thank-you, Tea.
Photo: Wendy and Judy
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