I feel like it’s time I finally share my heart with you over the outrage happening in our country.
As we have watched the suffering and division of our nation and the tragic loss of innocent lives, our hearts have grieved with you. This violence is so terrible and sad to see.
The racial division — hand-in-hand with the total disregard for the value of human life — is especially tragic.
At U R More, we affirm our longstanding mission that every person has God-given worth and purpose, that our identity is found not in our ethnicity, politics, socio-economics, or the color of our skin — but in the sole fact that we are children of the one true King, Jesus Christ — and we are called to follow His example.
As we look back on the past 15 years of ministry and the beautiful diversity of people we’ve met, we come back to this truth every time: love transcends color and race and culture.
Love changes us.
My favorite memories of ministry are of reaching women and girls who on the surface look very different from me– but understand that on the inside, we are all the same. We all have dignity and worth that no person can give to us and no person can take away. When we see beyond the surface and into the heart, we cross bridges and make bonds no one can deny.
At U R More, we are unwavering in our devotion to all women and girls. This is who we’ve been from Day One. Our foundation is the power of God’s love to awaken hearts and give us the courage to share our stories and be real about our journeys.
Our foundation is Christ. He is an unshakable foundation, and no trend or crisis from the media is going to move us from this position: Authentic love brings people together.
In the Great Commission, Jesus told us to “Go and make disciples of all nations . . . .” The word “nations” means ethnicities. “Teach them,” he said, “to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:28-20).
And what did He command us? To “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39). “‘This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you” (John 15:12). And: “Whoever practices and teaches these commandments, will be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19, emphasis added).
Recently I bowed out of social media for a couple of weeks and reflected on my mission.
Where did I end up? Right where I began.
Even though it seems like the whole world has changed, my purpose has not changed.
My purpose is to follow the Great Commission.
I shouldn’t even have to say it, but I love kids of all backgrounds. I love women of all colors. We are all assigned our worth by our Creator; it is not up to mankind to determine the sanctity of human life.
At U R More, we train women and girls to see their beauty and worth in God’s eyes. Why? Because people who understand their identity as children of God and ambassadors of His love don’t put their race before their humanity. Our faith comes first.
We love people as we love ourselves. The more we honor and respect our fellow man, the better off we will be as human beings and as a society.
I was speaking at an event in California several years ago when a woman came up to me after it ended.
“I have always hated white women,” she said with tears in her eyes, “I just couldn’t receive anything from them. But while you were speaking, God showed me this, and for the first time ever I could really hear you, and I’m so grateful.”
From inner-city schools to women’s prisons to my closest friends to strangers on the street, all my life I’ve been touched by people of all races, nations, and colors. Isn’t that the beauty of life on earth? That we can unite under the diversity of Creation?
When we love others as we want to be loved, we fulfill our calling.
If Jesus tells us “the greatest in the kingdom will be the one who teaches others to love,” then that’s what we are going to keep on doing.
My position was and always will be that valuing one another is the answer.
Below I’ve listed some profound teachings on racism that have greatly influenced my perspective. They have blessed me so much and I highly recommend you listen to them.
Love never fails.
- T.D. Jakes amazing interview with Carl Lenz after the death of George Floyd, massively impacted my views of the current crisis.
- Voddi Baucham’s speech on ethnic gnosticism, best message on racism I’ve heard.
- Robert Morris’ teaching two years ago on what the Bible says about racism – what every person should know.
- Mark Vroegop’s podcast on the power of lament in bringing racial reconciliation is especially helpful for white people.
- Brian Fisher of Human Coaltion’s post “We Stand for Human Dignity,” is quick and essential reading at time like this.
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING
The honesty that Jennifer uses to tell her story drew our young women in and captured their hearts. She provided them with practical tips that the women use daily to transform their lives. These decisions have caused them to do things differently. We loved her so much, we are having her back!
Chrissie Dunham, Prestonwood Baptist Church, Plano, TX
Jennifer is a captivating speaker. She keeps the listener hanging in wonder of what’s coming next! Her presentation is not only absorbing, it reveals the truth of God’s power to heal a wounded spirit.
Barbara Brown, Former Stonecroft Ministries Regional Representative, San Diego, CA
Jennifer has the ability to make you laugh, cry, and see yourself as one of God’s glorious creations — and that is just her warm up! Once Jennifer starts speaking, all you want to do is listen, learn, laugh, and love her. She takes you outside of yourself while helping you see inside of yourself, and does it in such a way that you feel safe, empowered, and capable to embrace all that the Lord is waiting to give you. She opens your eyes and your heart to hear from God in ways you never have. She connects you with others who share similar life experiences — and shines a bright light on the pathway to forgiveness, love, and blessings. Jennifer is also an amazing mother, compassionate, loving wife, and loyal, dedicated friend. Any opportunity women of any age have to hear from her is a gift and one that will produce fruit in their lives.
Lori Kennedy, Outreach Event Coordinator, Riverview Evangelical Church, Bonsall, CA
I just picked up my girls from school today and they both talked all the way home about Jennifer’s presenation. It was a BIG HIT with Middle School and High School kids (both boys and girls). My high school daughter mentioned that she was glad that for once, a speaker focused on girl’s topics instead of sports or boy topics. She said that Jennifer engaged with the boys and made them answer questions too. My middle school daughter said that everyone in the middle school was paying attention too, and that all her friends were very tuned into what Jen was saying. Both girls said that they thought it was fine that the boys were with the girls during the presentation because the boys “needed to hear this stuff too.”
Mother of two student attendees
Mother of two student attendees of Jennifer's U R MORE school program for boys and girls
If you think Jennifer gets the attention of adults, just see how the teenagers respond! My teenage grandchildren said they wanted to hear more from her and that her book was the only one they’ve ever really enjoyed reading! If teenagers are informed, inspired, and desire more, does anything else need to be said? Jennifer is an unusual voice of truth, integrity, and dignity. She needs to tell the world about her experiences and her victory. She encouraged me, a 70-year-old great grandmother. So, from teens to grans she has something everyone can benefit from.