We are Derek & Ashley Jenkins from Kansas City, Missouri. The Lord has called us to work for His kingdom in Barcelona, so that’s where we’re joyfully going! We have two beautiful daughters.
Growing up I became skeptical of religion after hurtful experiences with those who used Jesus’ name. I came to see all religion as superstition, and by adolescence I had decided to be atheist. Even so, I deeply desired to be a good, kind, purposeful person and live a meaningful life. It was in the hunt for that that I met the real, true living Jesus. I came to know him - the one who hears me pray in my secret heart - who answers when I call- and fell in love with him. There is no better joy than knowing the true, alive God and being known by him. It is amazing that we get to join in his creative work, to help others discover who he truly is and at the same time who we truly are!
I love being a mommy to my sweet girls and a wife to my wonderful husband. I also love being a friend. I am on a mission to see the beauty God has created in each person I meet, and to draw it out, dwell on it, and watch it interact with the beauty of others.
I grew up going to church and believing in God, but for me there was definitely a switch later in life when I was moved from being CONVINCED to being CAPTIVATED with Jesus. It is this captivation that has truly brought me to life in Him. We don’t merely bring an idea or worldview to people around us, but the living flame of life. That is what I want for others, both for current and not-yet believers. We don’t serve an idea, but a LIVING GOD!
Otherwise, I love being a husband to my amazing wife, and father to my two breathtaking daughters. I love photography as a way to create beautiful images of the images of God. I also have a hot/cold relationship with playing music. Currently trying to re-warm. :)