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Julia Keener

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Julia Keener
You keep ministry momentum moving when you support the ministry of our stateside missionaries: our Lifeline staff who dedicate their lives 24/7 to restoring hope around the world. Your prayers and donations enable our staff to be your hands and feet, as God's love is shared through Lifeline's ministry communities!

Julia shares:

Being involved with Lifeline is one of the greatest joys in my life! I found Lifeline very incidentally in 2010 after the earthquake in Haiti, as I was looking for a local organization involved in Haiti so that I could simply make a contribution to earthquake relief efforts.  That’s all I thought I wanted to do – just drop off a check.

But that’s not all that God had planned for me. Over the course of that very week, and then the following year, I kept being led back to the office, sometimes not knowing why I was there yet again. The folks in the office graciously talked with me, answered my questions, and chuckled about seeing me repeatedly. Over time, I felt the tug that the Lord wanted me to play a role at Lifeline and even in Haiti somehow. So much for just dropping off a check, huh?

I now work in the Westerville office year-round, but I also travel to Haiti several times a year. I have the JOY of working with our Haitian administrative staff, our schools’ staffs, and our Children’s Home leaders, as we work together to build stronger academic and vocational training for our children. As a former French teacher, I am able to speak French daily with them, and my Haitian Creole is coming along, slowly but surely. I am still amazed at how God wove my background, passions, and gifts together in this role.

Julia Keener with friends in Haiti

What do I love about Haiti? Here’s my short list: the friendships with staff and collaborating together on projects; the joy of seeing students excited about learning and teachers enthusiastic about being the best teachers they can be; the amazing Haitian landscape and historic sites; seeing families move into a newly built house provided by our Homes for Haiti program; seeing little children who were struggling in life and health be nurtured and strengthened through Lifeline’s nutrition program and our Children’s Home; and the experiences of traveling there with my husband Ken multiple times as well as with each of my 3 grown children (Brendan, Daniel, and Carolyn).

During my down time, I enjoy boating, reading, traveling with my family, exploring local and national parks, dinner and outings with my husband and friends, and the local arts scene.