An Encouraging Word
Reaching 'outside of the box' to share God's love
Board Member Yolanda Carter
Yolanda Carter doesn’t do boxes well.
“I’m always curious and I'm always wanting to lend a hand and learn,” she said.
And that’s just one of the things she loves about Lord’s Gym Ministries – she can think outside the box and learn new ways to share God’s love.
Yolanda, 50, of Union, has served on the Lord’s Gym Ministries Board for a year. She has volunteered with the organization about 15 years.
“At the end of the day, for me, all it took was an understanding of what this organization is about… serving the community,” she said. “It provides a safe place. A place for learning and hearing about God. I just fell in love with the mission and the work.”
Yolanda said the work “we do literally saves lives in this life and the next.” She said it never ceases to amaze her to watch the Lord “work His magic all across the tri-state area.”
In the years she’s been involved with Lord’s Gym Ministries it’s went from one gym and food pantry in Over-the-Rhine to three gyms in three different neighborhoods, a Family Activity Center in Price Hill and the STORM van that goes to women in need on the street.
“There is impact all over the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky,” she said.
Yolanda realizes too that it's often about planting a seed and waiting for growth. In a way, that's how her relationship with God came to be.
"I grew up in a Southern Baptist church," she said."My grandmother had a strong faith, but I did not have a personal relationship and didn't understand what we believed in."
The summer before her sophomore year of college, Yolanda found herself working at a plant to make submarines.
"A friend sat with me at lunch and brought her Bible," Yolanda said. "She told me: 'God wants you to make a decision for Him.' She read me a verse that countered my every objection. She spent an hour and a half with me until I walked away angry, saying: 'You can't make me.'"
A month and a half later, however, the Holy Spirit convicted her and Yolanda gave her life to Christ.
"It was the beginning of my relationship with God," she said. "He called for me and sent someone for me and He wouldn't let me go. He's oh so great."
Yolanda works as director in the regulatory affairs program management office of Johnson & Johnson’s Medical Devices Research & Development organization. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Tuskegee University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Jacksonville State University.
She is Six Sigma Black Belt certified by both GE Aviation and Ethicon Endo Surgery. She resides in Union, Kentucky with her husband Kedran and son, Cordarius.