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Trina Jenkins

Diagnosed With Cancer; Church Community Prescription

Trina Jenkins

During a typical week, you'll find Trina working as the Director of Administration and Human Resources for a security company. Trina hires, fires, promotes and trains employees and makes sure that the company does not get sued.

On the weekend, Trina spends her Saturday evenings hanging out with the 5th and 6th grade students in Pipeline, the experience for elementary school students at Sandals Church.

Trina ended up at Sandals Church after a friend asked her to come in 2005. 

"I was hesitant at first, and wasn't too sure about all of the super friendly people and the really honest pastor. But eventually, I warmed up to the vision of Sandals Church and stuck around."

Trina began serving less than a year later because everyone in her family had served somewhere in their churches, so she wanted to volunteer somewhere, too. Trina loves 5th and 6th graders, so that's where she started to volunteer and still is today. Students from her first class of 6th graders are now in college!

Trina's favorite part about serving in Family Ministries is being able to love on the kids and being able to see the variety and uniqueness of God's creation. 

A key moment for Trina as she volunteered in Pipeline was when she was informed by her doctor that she may have cancer. Her doctor's recommendation was a surgery that would leave her without the ability to have children. Trina shared this news with a few very close people to her, including a teacher who also taught alongside Trina in Pipeline. 

Her fellow teacher asked the kids in Pipeline to pray for Trina before her biopsy and the day after the procedure, Trina received calls from several of the parents of the girls in her Pipeline group checking in to see how she was doing. 

"In that moment, I knew that God was in control and I was surrounded by so much love and support."

Through her experience loving and serving students at Sandals Church, God has taught Trina that God loves us for who we are and not who we think we ought to be.

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