Jeremy & Jenilee


Elayna, Annalise, Abigail

Serving in South Africa, Africa

Account #2669562

7085 Linden SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Jeremy and Jenilee Goodwin are both ordained ministers with the Assemblies of God. After pastoring in Ohio for 12 years, they served 6 years as children's missionaries in Senegal, West Africa. In 2021, they transitioned to South Africa and are working in a new healthy pastors, healthy churches initiative. The Goodwins have 3 girls who are experiencing life from around the world. As a family, they love playing in the outdoors, exploring far away places, trying new things, drinking coffee and making life adventurous and fun! You can always find them living life overseas via instagram. 

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All This Because

It must have been a verse that was used in our overseas training or in a long ago chapel service as we prepared to begin our overseas career.

I don’t remember the speaker or the moment I first heard this version of it.

I’m not sure who I was sitting with or what I wore or the time of day.

But I’d posted this verse as my facebook status many years ago. I can imagine my pre-missions self hearing it, typing it and hitting post while the message continued around me.

As I recently drank my coffee in the early morning hours, scrolling through facebook memories, seeing an old, forgotten status update, the verse I’d posted stood out to me in a deep, full, gut-wrenching way.

“I did all this because of the Message. I didn’t just want to talk about it; I wanted to be in on it!” 1 Corinthians 9:23 The Message

Whenever it was that I first heard this verse, I know what I heard in the phrase all this because.

I heard language struggles and bugs in the house and hot days in the sand and packing our belongings to go and saying goodbye to family.

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5 Things to Remember in the Unknown

As we search for things to remember in the unknown, there may not be a more iconic Bible story than Noah’s Ark. This story brings cute, animal-filled arks that decorate nurseries in churches and homes alike. The sweet tiny animals can be found in toy isles, children’s books and coloring pages.

We might think the detailed account of Noah’s life is better left for kids church or bedtime stories because we, as adults, already know it so well. We know it forwards and backwards, breezing through the words and often forgetting the many lessons to be learned.

Will you jump back into the story with me anyway?

Let’s go to Genesis 6-9. Having found favor with God, Noah was given the challenging task of building an ark that was very specific in size. He was to gather food, supplies, his family and many animals. He didn’t know how long it would take to build this massive boat or even how long they would live inside it, yet he obeyed God.

The rains came. The great deep burst forth and the windows of heaven were opened.

For 40 days the water increased. 

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A Look Back at Lessons from 2020

If someone had sat me down in January 2020 and told me what the year would hold, I would not have believed them.

It would have seemed so incredibly out there that I would have laughed and wondered what bad pizza they ate the night before.

A worldwide pandemic?

Closed borders?

Frantic embassy emails warning us to go home now?

Stay-at-home orders?

Curfews and quarantines and masks and online school and zoom meetings and shortage of toilet paper?

Looking back at the unrest, the political scene, the intense conversations, the deep loss, unbelievable grief of missed opportunities, canceled events, failed travels and interrupted dreams, it’s still difficult to imagine a year quite like the one we’ve all endured.

Although not here on this blog, I actually did quite a bit of writing and processing this year. Through themes on other platforms, I was able to think through and write out the lessons God has been working in me. I’ve been able to express the ways He’s been teaching and developing my heart.

As I looked back over the posts from this year, I can see these lessons and the flow of how God patiently works in us while lovingly encouraging us to keep going, to keep pushing, to keep resting, to keep trusting and to keep sharing.

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Tips to Homeschool High School Online

This year has brought about so many unknowns for families all over the world. If you’d told me on New Year’s Day of 2020 what the year would hold, I don’t think I would have believed you.

At that time, our year was full of events, a busy travel schedule and ministry opportunities.

With the rest of the world, it all changed and pajamas, stay-at-home days, zoom calls, online school and plenty of mask-wearing has become normal.

One of the interesting, unexpected results of 2020 is that I’m once again homeschooling two of our girls.

Because of COVID restrictions, pandemic worries, travel limitations, health concerns and a certain amount of uneasiness, we made a last-minute decision to keep our younger two back from boarding school and continue their high school through homeschooling.

It was a huge decision for our family and one that I knew would change our lives.

Diving back into homeschooling full-time at the high school level is incredibly daunting. Honestly, it wasn’t something I ever thought I would consider doing so it caught me a bit off-guard.

With a few twists, turns and multiple course changes, we’ve settled into a routine that fits the personalities of the girls, gives me a bit of freedom and also, keeps the fun, free homeschool approach that we’ve always loved.

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Tips for Handling Health Issues and Medical Needs Overseas

It was a busy, fun 4th of July picnic at our house with our team and a few other worker friends. I was not thinking about health issues or medical needs. It was a holiday after all!

I was doing some last minute prep for Jeremy who was grilling outside when Annalise came in the kitchen.

“Mom? My arm is burning.” I turned to look and she had a red mark on her upper arm. Like any other mom, I said, “It’s fine. We’ll check it tonight.” She shrugged and went back to play with her friends.

By that evening, it was burning, blistering, oozing and spreading. She had no idea what she’d touched or done to cause it. It didn’t look like any allergic reaction that I’d ever seen so I started googling plants and bugs, assuming she’d brushed against something that burned her.

Sure enough, in talking with friends and consulting the internet, we realized there’s a blister beetle that probably landed on her arm. Anywhere the blisters leaked caused a new burn to begin. By the time we realized this, she had a burn on her face, neck, arm and stomach.

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A day in the life in Senegal #behindtheprayercard. You can help us in our work overses!
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The arrival of our Speed the Light Toyota Hilux to Senegal, West Africa!
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Sharing some big news with our supporters and churches!
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August 2014 - August 2015 our family lived in Massy, France to attend language school and learn French
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