INTERVIEW WITH JAN

An interview with Jan Barlow, All Nations Pastoral Care and Spiritual Formation Tutor - Jan is a former All Nations student who now lives and works at our Easneye campus

What three words would you use to describe yourself?

Fun, soft-hearted, brave!

What three words would you use to describe All Nations?

Home, forming, challenging

What does your role involve?

It's a great mix of one-on-one pastoral care for students and staff and teaching personal and spiritual formation classes.

What do you like most about your role?

I enjoy getting to know the students, their goals, their lives, their hopes and dreams. I love that the role allows me to be available for them and pray with them. To give any support they may need when they need it.

Have you had any particular experiences that you'd like to share?

I joined the teaching staff in 2019 with some major health problems and physical damage from previous surgeries. I honestly didn't know how I was going to manage but knew God had asked me to join All Nations. I had been on staff around three weeks and was praying with colleagues, as we do every day at 10.15am. As we were praying, I felt something 'drop' into me - that's the best way I can describe it. I wasn't sure what it was until later that day I realised I was pain-free for the first time in nearly two years!  The physical damage had been healed too, and the ongoing problems I had been experiencing disappeared! I am still pain-free a year later.

Is there anything else you would like to add?

I still find it amazing that I'm part of the All Nations team - All Nations shaped and formed me in such an amazing way when I was a student. It is still a surprise to me that I am on staff and I am so grateful.

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