Her start came in the classroom as an art teacher. Art history, alongside the happy messes of paint and clay, provided an opportunity to teach theology and encourage students with God’s stories. After high school ministry Tara earned her masters in Christian Outreach Leadership from Concordia University St. Paul and put study into practice as a workshop facilitator for an international ministry. Leadership roles in a variety of ministries followed, all with a common theme of encouraging and mobilizing people with God’s Word.
During treatment for ovarian cancer in 2018, sharing stories of God’s grace rose to a whole new level. She experienced so many blessings and felt God’s personal care so vividly she told everyone she could. As she shared, Tara noticed listeners weren’t just glad for her but were encouraged to see God’s faithfulness in their own lives. They realized the same dear Father who was with her in chemo was with them in their difficult times too.
And it was palpable. Anticipation of God’s goodness brightened their faces and lifted their shoulders. That’s when Tara asked God to use her to encourage others to see blessings in hard places. She does so through art, blogging, speaking to groups with Terhea, and in daily conversations about God’s everyday miracles.