We asked Jeremiah 10 Questions

Jeremiah serves as the Deputy Director of Generation Joshua. He focuses on improving projects, growing engagement, and making sure that students are empowered to make a difference while having a good time.

1. What was your first job?

My first little job was working for my local homeschool group doing graphic design for their newsletter every month. My first regular job was working as a janitor/security guard/event facilitator for the World Prayer Center in Colorado Springs. There I learned how to fix basically any problem and how to expertly clean a toilet. My first full time job was working for HSLDA as a registered lobbyist in Washington DC working on education policy and making sure homeschoolers had equal opportunity enlisting in the United States armed forces.
2. What book are you currently reading?

I am currently reading To Kill a Mockingbird. I have to say, when I started it, I was not impressed. I wasn’t interested in another first-person book. But it was not long before the author won me over. I am not quite finished, but this book is easily in the top 5 books I have ever read. It is breaking my heart right now. It is so beautiful and sad and happy and good.

3.  What is your dream vacation destination?

I love to travel. Right now I’m itching to go to Egypt and see the Pyramids, the sphinx, the places where the Great Library of Alexandra and the Great Lighthouse once stood, and take a boat on the longest river in the world. But in reality, I love to travel so anywhere in Europe, etc. is fair game.
4. Where are you most likely to be seen dining when you want a great meal?
Honestly, I am not a very picky person. I do, however, love the local Italian places. There is a place I always call The Mob Front, because not only can I never remember its real name, but I also feel like it is the kind of place the Italian mob would use. It has fantastic New York style pizza and a great spaghetti carbonara just like how it tested in Italy.

5. What is your favorite professional sports team?
Denver Broncos. When I was a kid growing up in Colorado, my dad would take us to the Broncos training camp and we would get autographs. The Packers are in my blood as demonstrated by the fact that when I was a kid, my great aunt would send us articles about the Packers game every week. But they always come in second to the Broncos.

6. What is one way you have seen serious growth in your faith as an adult?
In my weakness he is strong. I have grown by stepping out and doing what I know is right even when I don’t feel like it or believe it. But God’s work is done. It is by him, and the fact that he can do so much when I am so weak, that keeps me in the game.

7. What’s the most impacting story you read/watched in your youth?
The Horse and His Boy. As a kid it inspired my sense of adventure, and I would spend hours exercising my imagination pretending to defend the gates of Anvard. But that's not where it stops. Every time I would engage the book it would move me. It reminded me that I do not need to know everyone else’s stories. It underscored to me that I could be mad at a friend and still love them. It highlights that sometimes we must face consequences for our choices. It speaks of God’s hand in the good and the bad. It speaks of how “even a traitor may mend.” In short, it is the definition of a classic to me: Every time I return to it, it teaches me.
8. What motivates you to continue when life gets crazy?
I am still figuring this out. If you are looking for advice, I can tell you some things that didn’t work at all and somethings that kinda work sometimes. I guess that means that if you are asking, we are in this together. Want me to buy you coffee?

9. What were you most surprised about when you started serving with Generation Joshua?
I love seeing how young people can make a difference, and what is awe-inspiring is to see GenJ students become GenJ alum and stand up for truth and love in ways that are often mind-blowing to our culture. The campaigns that we’ve helped over the years and the teaching that comes at camp are just the tip of the iceberg. The true emphasis is seeing lives changed in this generation, and the effect of each GenJer on real people. Over the coming decades, I believe we will see the true impact God can have on people when they allow themselves to be his.

10. What’s one piece of advice that has helped shape the course of your life?
After highlighting many of the most inspiring people in American history, a pastor took a moment to point out their flaws and sins. Then he remarked: “If God can work through them to do great things, with their great flaws, then he can work through you.” Remember that God doesn’t need perfect people to do his work. In fact, he often works best in our weakness. Because his power is made perfect in our weakness.

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