Our Story

This is a story of God’s sovereignty, turning one family’s pain into other families’ hope. In the early 1990s, young Jackee had a vision for their barn to be used as a Christian gathering place for teenagers. Her mom, Joanne, joined her in the effort to get the beautiful barn transformed into a space to fulfill the vision. Tragically, when Jackee was 16-years-old, she was killed in a car/train accident. Joanne’s desire was to keep Jackee’s dream alive, so for the next 16 years pursued the endeavor, with limited success. The farm went on the market in 2008 and two years later when it had not sold, Joanne took it off.
In 2009, the Lord started revealing His plans to Tammy and Connie, which would ultimately lead them to the farm. They were initially advised to pray for a full year to know if God was actually calling them to start a ministry for women, or to join one already existing. It became very clear that they were to pursue a new ministry, to hold it with open hands and join the Lord daily in what He was doing. One thing led to another and they ended up hearing about Joanne’s farm, two weeks after she had taken it off the market. A meeting with Joanne brought the two visions together and after many months of prayer and conversations, with no money to buy the farm, Joanne offered to hold it for $100 until it could be purchased. Shortly following Joanne’s gracious gift to hold the farm, she was diagnosed with leukemia. Over the next year-and-a-half money started coming in, plans were falling into place and in September 2013, the farm was purchased. On January 1, 2014, Joanne passed on to meet her Lord and Savior, as well as being reunited with Jackee.

In early January 2014, the work began on the farm that would require architectural designs and extensive changes to meet zoning and state standards. The Lord brought droves of volunteers, both professional and lay people to do all the necessary design and renovation. The work began and the house was changed to meet the needs of the women who would eventually become Whispers of Hope residents. The steel shed was completely transformed into a beautiful counseling center. Just six months after the work began, on July 13, 2014, the doors were opened for the first residents. Over time and with gained experience, the Lord made it very clear that we were to expand to include the Tiny Room ministry and a place of retreat for groups of women. God has been faithful from the very beginning, providing everything needed through countless people willing to join Him in what He is doing at Whispers of Hope! 

Please visit our Facebook page to see the transformation of the farm that took place over time.