We had the good fortune of connecting with Lori Joiner and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lori, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I grew up in an alcoholic home where my parents divorced when I was in the third grade. In the 8th grade, I moved in with my father and stepmother and by high school, I was drinking myself. I was kicked out of school for 5 weeks my sophomore year. I was seriously headed in the wrong direction in every way possible. My father got a job in another city and we moved just before my junior year of high school. What I thought was the worst thing that could happen to me, moving in the middle of my high school career, turned out to be the best thing for me. It was here, in a town right outside of Houston, I was invited to a local church by my new neighbors. The youth director of that church shared with me about God’s love and plan for me. He said God loved me and created me to have a personal relationship with Him. He further explained I was a sinner. I actually knew this; I just did not think I was as bad as others, and that Jesus had died for all my sins, was then buried, and raised to life three days later. He talked about me placing my faith in Jesus, not my good works (I did not have much anyway), as a means to salvation and eternal life with him. That day, at 16 years old, I slipped to my knees in prayer and thanked God for His forgiveness in my life. It was then I became a child of God. That decision has 100% impacted who I am today. Everything about my life and ministry can be traced back to October of 1988 when Jesus came into my heart and began to direct me from the inside out!Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Lori Joiner Ministries is a registered 501c3 ministry dedicated to disseminating discipleship help globally. Through blogs, books, Bible studies, speaking engagements, and an upcoming podcast launch, women can find the help and encouragement they need to reach others for Christ and disciple them in their growing faith. The LJM website (https://www.lorijoinerministries.org/) is where you can find Discipling Women, my first book on discipleship basics published in 2012. Since then, I’ve has gone on to write The Discipleship Starter Kit, Start Here 6 Foundational Lessons for Growth in Christ (which is also available in Spanish), and Next Steps 7 Foundational Lessons for Growth in Christ. These Bible studies each contain short Bible lessons and are the first topics I teach when I disciple a woman regardless of where she is at on her spiritual journey. All these materials are perfect for personal use, one-on-one discipleship, and small group Bible studies.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love living in Katy, TX. It fits me like a glove! It is 30 minutes West of Houston. It is close enough to have access to all the fun shopping and stores close to the Galleria, but far enough to have a small-town feel. I hardly go anywhere without running into someone I know. When people come to visit me we typically take long walks in my neighborhood which is wooded with a bayou running straight through. We may then hop over to LaCentera and stroll the shops. I always make a point to visit my favorite athletic shop-Athleta. For lunch, we would head to Panera Bread or Torchy’s Tacos!The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I am so thankful for the men and women who have played a part in my development in Christ over the years. Countless people have come alongside me, just when I needed help the most. I recall my college mentors, Ben & Rhonda Haralson. I remember how they invited me into their home, how they walked through the application process to become a full-time missionary with Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) with me when I was in college, and how they have supported me ever since. I have an ARMY of ministry donors who have given so selflessly to my mission work with Crusade and to Lori Joiner Ministers (LJM) for over 25 years! My board members Ken and Betsy Tisdel were extremely pivotal as I was establishing LJM in 2017. They, along with Shawn and Lynette Beard, and Scott and Susan Speer, are the best cheerleaders and prayer warriors helping me and giving me support and advice as this ministry continues to grow and expand. I am most thankful for my husband, Alan, with whom I could not do this outreach endeavor full-time. He is a tremendous support with our sons, and without him I would not be able to do all God has called me to do.

Website: https://www.lorijoinerministries.org/

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