It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of Jennifer Taylor, one of our own staff members, who passed away last week on June 29.
In the fall of 2021, we were looking for just the right person to fill an important role in our nonprofit ministry through the position of Development and Communications Coordinator. The search led us to the amazing and joyful Jennifer Taylor. Jennifer had everything a growing ministry would need... passion, servant's heart, creativity, experience, and a love for Jesus that was genuine and magnetic.
From meeting with her for our first interview in December of 2021, we knew this precious lady was the right fit for our ministry. She and her husband Billy were looking to make a move from Sedalia, Missouri, back to Tulsa, her hometown. Her father, her siblings, and grandchild lived in Tulsa, and she and her husband Billy were thrilled to be closer to family.
Her first day at Hospitality House was January 3rd, 2022. She was so excited to begin her work with our mission. Jumping right in, Jennifer began learning and promoting the mission, introducing herself to donors, and creating pieces of communication to point people's attention to the wonderful mission of Hospitality House.
Sadly, her health took a sudden turn in February of this year. Jennifer was diagnosed with an aggressive form of stomach cancer. Through her pain and health fight, she continued to work as much as she could. At the many doctor appointments, she would share the mission of Hospitality House with the doctors, nurses, and patients in the waiting rooms. Jennifer never left her post of sharing our mission with as many people as she could in each encounter of her health journey. She was never off-mission!
Jennifer and her husband Billy never stopped praying, never stopped believing in the miracle of Christ's healing, always waiting and anticipating how God would be glorified through her testimony, even through suffering. That healing came on the morning of Wednesday, June 29th at 9:15am as she took her last breath on this earth, held by her husband Billy and her father. She is now healed, whole, and rejoicing in the presence of Christ.
Please join us in praying for Jennifer's family as they prepare for her memorial service, grieve together, and honor this amazing servant of Christ. She may have begun as a recent friend for us at Hospitality House, but she is an eternal sister in Christ.”