North Dakota International Ambassador 2018 - Jami Lee Streyle
Jami Streyle was a former intensive care nurse, self-declared professional volunteer, CEO of her household, and a single mom of three great kids: Carson (15), Paris (12) and Kami (10). Jami loves helping others in many capacities, and found herself in several different life transitions over the second half of her 41 years in this life, and she used that to help others. In most recent years these transitions shifted sharp and forced her to solely focus on her and her children’s own healthy transition, increasing her credibility into the successes that it brought. Jami attributes much of her success through healthy transition to her Bible study sisters, family, friends, and the new love of her life, Jeremy Frie. “Almost immediately after meeting Jeremy, I knew our souls matched. When love is experienced that deep, their are no words to describe it, and I attribute the success of my recent life’s transition to that love and the love and support of my community network.” God asks us to love and care for others, and she has always strived to do that, but when placed in a position to receive, it gave her further insight into how to use that deeper experience to help others.
Jami aims to help other women and children in transition. She strives to increase their awareness of transition and understand it as positive and optimistic, and a way to embrace ones path. Transition doesn’t have to be a negative experience. It can be empowering, enlightening, motivating, humbling, and uplifting. Transition is a new way of thinking about the events that shape our adult lives - like marriage or job loss or empty nests - and we can offer support and love specifically designed to help women navigate transition successfully. This a substantive departure from the negative characteristics typically ascribed to it. Jami is a firm believer that if a woman or child is loved well, then they can heal well, thrive well, succeed well and break the chains of the traumas that life’s circumstances can present. Jami does not like the words “victim” or “survivor.” We shouldn’t aim to just survive, but we should instead aim to thrive and live fully, no matter what. We were created out of love from our Heavenly Father. We were meant to love like Christ, and be the hands and feet of Christ. We were built for community; to support one another and uplift one another. Too many women choose to tear each other down, but those chains need to break and become replaced with our weapons and armor of love, intellect, knowledge, wisdom, strength, experience, kindness, empathy and forgiveness. Those attributes, while beautiful, can be strengthened in numbers when loved and supported in community.
Though Jami has volunteered for many organizations, non-profits, and schools over the years, she particularly has enjoyed volunteering at The Jeremiah Program both with her children and singly, and she looks forward to deepening a relationship with the staff and women there with future volunteer opportunities. She is passionate about their mission because they strive to accept, support, love, and provide a safe environment to live, learn and grow during several phases of transition for both women and children, breaking a two-generational chain of bondage, and helping them transition healthy into their beautiful life. Some of the ways Jami has volunteered at The Jeremiah Program is by teaching Holy Yoga as a Master Holy Yoga Instructor and Holy Yoga Therapist, serving meals to the women and children attending the empowerment classes, playing and reading with the children, and interacting with the moms. Building a foundation of love, kindness and trust is so important, and Jami strives to instill that in her own children and life so that they can become loving contributors to society.
Jami loves and embraces her beautiful life and the transitions yet to come. Jami’s life mantra is simply Jesus’ own words to us: ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (Matthew 25:40)
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