Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Meet McKensey

McKensey joined the Visiting Orphans staff in February of 2016 as our Accounting Specialist and we are thrilled to have her. Here's a bit about the newest addition to our staff family. 

God began to weave missions into the heart of McKensey’s life story in high school with her first trip outside the US. On a medical mission trip to Guyana, South America she met a young boy caring for his two younger sisters -children caring for children, helpless, alone and, afraid. This was the beginning of her seeing those in need with new eyes. In her college years, McKensey spent six weeks in Uganda one summer -worshipping in mud huts, seeing children carry jugs of water on their heads, realizing how often we take the blessing we have in this country for granted. After graduating, McKensey spent three years in Uganda this time as a member of the mission team -using her degree in business to grow a faith based nonprofit, working alongside Ugandans at The Source, a cafĂ© and resource center serving the community. In her free time, she volunteered at a local orphanage-holding babies whose lives were so full of hope yet mixed with despair, realizing not all children begin with a mother and father who are elated at their arrival, contemplating how to bring hope to a broken world.

The story continued to unfold as God brought McKensey back to the US to serve for eight years as the Director of Finance for Show Hope. Here she used her gifts of administration, detail, and organization to advance the Kingdom. She had the opportunity to lead several mission teams to China and forever changed the lives of children with special needs who long to know the love of a family.

McKensey is excited and grateful to be serving alongside Visiting Orphans as they carry out their mission to Go Be Love to the people of this world. Isaiah 61 reads, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” This verse embodies McKensey’s heart as she desires to serve the Lord with her life by sowing seeds of light and love, healing and hope.

McKensey has called Nashville, Tennessee home since 2007 and is blessed to share life with good friends and a wonderful family. She likes traveling, laughing, and being outdoors. In her spare time she enjoys offering color analysis sessions, watching Hallmark movies, talking about alternative healthcare and spending time with her awesome niece and nephew.

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