Who Am I?

Hello World, my name is Jen.


Here are a few ways I could describe myself:

Twenty-something, female, Iowan, Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, writer, gardener, Central College graduate, younger sister, daughter, curious, lover of languages, wanderer, book lover, and Christian.

The last one is the most important, and the reason for the existence of this blog. I was compelled by the Lord to begin blogging about my journey in faith, and here I begin. Where it leads, only the Lord knows.

This blog will reflect my beliefs that Christians are called on to be stewards of the Earth, caring for it rather than wantonly destroying it. It will show my attempts at creating a more frugal, simple, non-materialistic life (aka crunchy!). Some may call me a “tree hugger” or “hippie”, but I believe it has more to do with moving away from the temptations of the world and learning to respect the beautiful Earth (and the people in it) that the Lord created.

I am still figuring out exactly what I will blog about, but expect to hear about my journey in faith, attempts at gardening, reflections on life in Africa, stories about the grace and love of God, and insights into being a Crunchy Christian.

I’ve recently returned from living in a deep rural village in South Africa, serving with the United States Peace Corps. The Lord led me in that direction for two and a half years, and only recently have I started to understand why. Life in Africa has been incredibly hard, but ultimately rewarding. And it’s one stepping stone in my journey of faith.

See my Peace Corps Blog: Jen’s Peace Corps Experience in South Africa

Follow me on Twitter: @jen_daugherty

Email me at jenpcv (at) gmail (dot) com

12 thoughts on “Who Am I?

  1. Hi, Jen! I’m so glad you stopped by my blog and decided to follow along. I’ve enjoyed what I’ve read here tonight and look forward to seeing you at Five Minute Fridays. I’m on the west coast so usually a late joiner and recently due to my husband’s medical issues, I’ve not joined in the last couple. Perhaps tomorrow. Thanks for having an interest in my sharing of my faith.

  2. Dear Jen,

    Thank you so much for your review and your encouragement. You understood the core of the book: that God is real and we can trust Him even when we don’t know where we’re going. Do we ever know? Not really, but He does, and that is enough.

    Blessings – may your day be bright with His glory.
    Jeannie Light
    coram Deo

    1. Thank you for coming by and reading the review. I really enjoyed your book and style of writing…and the messages shared through your stories. Your blind faith is encouraging to me, as I’m in a transitioning period, waiting for God’s direction, and I’ve no idea where exactly He is calling me to be. Reading Beautiful on the Mountain was a breath of fresh air for my soul!

      Thank you for your encouragement, Jeannie-best of luck with the book!

      1. Dear Jen,

        Thank you!
        The Lord is leading you now, though you do not see it, and He’s preparing the way, even as He leads you onward. It’s hard to remember through all the seasons of our lives, that our time here is a journey, and the place to which He’s leading us is the Celestial City.
        Meantime, we enjoy the journey! And I’m so very glad you’re on the same road as I.
        In His Grace,
        Jeannie Light ~ Coram Deo

  3. I have nominated you for the Versatile bloggers award! http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/
    You don’t have to accept but should you choose to this is what you need to do.
    -Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
    Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
    – Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly. ( I would
    add, pick blogs or bloggers that are excellent!)
    – Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award
    – Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

    Good Luck! God bless!

  4. Hi Jen! I’m so glad I found your blog! I’m currently in college, and considering serving in the PeaceCorps after graduation. But I haven’t been sure what that would look like, since my faith is so vitally important to me, and the Peace Corps is a non-religious, government organization.

    One of my favorite books is Crunchy Con, by Rod Dreher. Sounds like you might like it, too!

    Nice to “meet” you!

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