MEET THE TABLE LEADER: CARYN

We want you to get to know the awesome leadership we have at Desert Springs at our Tuesday Morning Bible Studies. Our Table Leaders study the Word, direct discussion at the tables, and pray fervently for you…EVERY WEEK!!!

MEET THE TABLE LEADER: CARYN DOERKSEN

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TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF:

Hi! My name is Caryn and I grew up as a pastor’s kid and a missionary’s kid. Thankfully my parents’ faith was, and still is, real and very practical. It wasn’t just them doing God’s work, but all of us. Our whole family is called; therefore we all love and serve Him, wherever He takes us. So, I was born in Illinois. I grew up in California, the Philippines, Oregon and England, where I graduated from high school. I went to college at California State University Long Beach where I studied Science and Nursing while my family moved to Egypt. They also lived in Jordan and Israel without me. Fortunately, I was able to visit.

I’ve been a Labor and Delivery Nurse for 20 years now: 9+ years in California, where my oldest daughter Charlotte was born, and 10+ years in Arizona where my youngest daughter was born; both at the hospitals I was working in at the time. In a few months they will be 14 and 11, which leaves me wondering where has the time gone. My husband and I agree that life has more meaning and adventure with them in the world. Being married to Kenny for the last 18 years has been the best.

HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN AT DESERT SPRINGS & HOW DID IT BECOME HOME TO YOU?

We started attending DSCC 3 1/2 years ago after helping Kenny with his brother’s church plant for 8 years. We are in love with Jesus and all that He is doing in our community and around the world. We are devoted to our church family and we love to serve Him here.

WHERE ARE YOU SERVING AT DSCC?

This September we opened our hearts up to a new adventure when we agreed to assist a refugee family from Eritrea-Ethiopia. We love seeing our girls share their lives by giving, praying, spending time and simply loving these three precious children and their mother. We don’t know the outcome or how long they will be in our lives but we sure are enjoying this time together as a family and seeing God’s hand at work.

WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE VERSE & WHY?

My favorite Bible verse changes with time and what’s going on in my life. When I was a child I loved Hebrews 13:11 “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” and Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” When I was in high school it was Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you…” and 2 Corinthians 4:18 ” So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” In college and when I was first married, it was the chapters Galatians 5, Romans 12, Philippians 4, Ephesians 3 – 5; verses on how to live a life pleasing to God. Over the years, God’s Word has blessed and guided me. Right now I am challenged by a simple verse, my new favorite, in 1 John 1:6 “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.”

If you see CARYN around, be sure to say “Hi!”

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