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Sister Interview: Cari Jenkins

Cari Jenkins is a pastor to people who don’t have one. What does that mean? It means spending time with people, asking lots of questions, listening for God’s voice, and allowing her imagination to be used by God. In this beautiful conversation about growing in faith, Cari gives sisters freedom to look for God in the world by finding things that reflect his character.

With 20 years of local church experience, Cari uses her gifts and experience to make the Kingdom of God tangible. We talk about feelings and actions, looking for Jesus in places that feel untraditional or unconventional, how God brought her to the type of pastoring she does today, and how we recognize God’s voice when we know his character.

We hear about the unique community Cari lives in where she loves to host, redecorate daily, play often and create beauty. She aims annually to host over 500 people for meals in various forms and to encourage true hospitality in others. Cari says you are always welcome at her table and this episode of The Open Door Sisterhood Podcast feels like a dinner conversation you can take with you. Don’t miss our friend Cari.

Connect with Cari on her website or Instagram.

Listen to this conversation on iTunes.

Some things you heard mentioned on the show:

Urban Skye

Young Life

Cari’s book: Listen and Live: Through the Gospel of John

It’s Not Supposed to Be This Way: Finding Unexpected Strength When Disappointments Leave You Shattered by Lysa Terkeurst

Cari’s Sweet Potato Tacos

Makes 4 servings. Takes about 30 minutes

Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes diced, 1/2 red onion chopped, 1 bunch cilantro, 1/2-1 jalapeño, 1 TBLS olive oil, 1 tsp cumin (or to taste, I usually like a little more), salt and pepper to taste.

In a large pan, heat olive onion and sweet potato. Allow to cook about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Add jalapeños, cumin and salt and pepper to taste. Add cilantro after the sweet potato is near its desired texture Remove from heat.  I love to serve these with black beans cooked with onion, cilantro and cumin, but feel free to add flavors you enjoy as you heat up the black beans. Along with the black beans I serve feta or cojita cheese, diced bacon, and salsa on flour or corn tortillas.


Quotes from the show:

God’s character did not change because I didn’t get what I want in the form that I wanted it.

I don’t hold sorrow alone, but I hold sorrow coupled with joy.

My question has changed some, from God what do you want me to do? To what do you want me to see?


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