Kenzy recalled, “I was coming out of 2020 when I had my third baby during the
Covid pandemic and I had experienced extreme depression. It was the most
difficult time of my entire life.
“I never really knew what depression was before when others talked about being
depressed. To be honest, I thought depression was a cop out for just having a
negative mindset. Then I found myself dealing with pregnancy and being totally
isolated from others. I am a people person and need interaction with my friends
and family. I could not believe how depressed I became.
“Then GPS came at the beginning of 2021 and gave me a clear sense of real
purpose in life. My mission is to raise my babies, intentionally pointing them
Kenzy continued, “It’s so easy for someone in my season of life to think that I am
nobody, that I am not worthy, that I am just a mom. Then I came to learn through
the GPS Life Journey class that my mission and ministry IS my home and my role
as a mom.”
Going into the GPS process, Kenzy felt that she would have to have this massive
structured plan for her life, that her identity had to be related to something apart
from motherhood, like a profession.
“I thought that I had to have a big dream to lead some other big venture. Then I
realized that God’s mission for me now was to rear my children and establish a
Christ-like home environment.”
“Now I am living my life with a sense of purpose and I have a sense of significance
that I lacked previously. GPS Life Journey gave me such joy again in doing life and
being a mom. It gave me a renewed desire to want to grow and improve.”
“The GPS Life Journey class gave me the accountability to prepare for each
session, and as a result, I came to a greater understanding of myself and my
husband. What we learned really helped our communication and relationship.”
Kenzy added, “I loved that the GPS process was in a group setting and everyone
could interact with each other and support each other.”
When asked if she would recommend the GPS Life Journey to others, Kenzy
enthusiastically responded, “I would highly recommend the GPS Life Journey to
others. So many people feel lost; they live without any sense of purpose and don’t
want to admit where they are in life.”
The GPS Life Journey is for everyone, in all stages and life situations. We firmly
believe that God has a purpose for the next stage of your life. Contact us to learn
how you can discover God’s purpose for the next stage of your life and how you
can be fully engaged in fulfilling that purpose. Contact Nolen Rollins, GPS Life
Journey President, at email@example.com.
In this Note from Nolen, you'll learn how Nolen has facilitated 15 small groups of GPS Life Journey in 15 months! That's a total of 149 graduates.
If you are a recent graduate from one of his groups or from any of the GPS Life Journey events facilitated across the world. Please know that you are welcome to contact Nolen and the team for help with your journey.
Congratulations on completing the GPS Life Journey process.
But really the workshop is only the beginning of the process and you need to stay on the journey of discovering, engaging in and fulfilling God's purpose for the next stage of your life.
If you have any questions, if you hit a road block, if you need coaching, mentoring, counselling, help in any way, we are here for you!
We are here to help you stay on the journey for the rest of your life of discovering, fulfilling God's purpose for your life. Thus bringing great glory to God!
Please leave a comment or use the Contact page to get in touch.
Nolen Rollins loves the theater and classic movies. One of his favorites is "The King and I". One of his favorite statements from "The King and I" is when Yul Brynner says: "It is such a puzzlement!" He says this when he is mystified by the culture of other countries.
Well it is such a puzzlement or a mystery to Nolen, why so many followers of Christ get caught up being busy and doing life. That they do not take time to discover and engage in fulfilling God's purpose for their next stage of life.
Don't just be busy!
His mentor, Dr Henry Blackaby, has said many times, "Most Christians, are so busy doing good work that they miss the will of God". Don't just be busy. Don't just be doing life. Don't just be making a living.
GPS Life Journey is available online and in person around the world to help you. Discover God's purpose for the next stage of your life and engage in fulfilling that purpose. That is how you will bring greatest glory to God.
Don't be such a puzzlement!
Get involved with an Event or take the quiz to learn more about making a difference around the world.
NEW DIRECTION AFTER THE PANDEMIC thanks to gps life journey online
Sam knew that she was gifted and loved dancing but for her it felt like a selfish pursuit. “I also had no specific direction for it. I had been praying for almost a year for clear direction and truly asking God to reveal it. I was really frustrated and disheartened and felt like I had little vision and hope.”
When she discovered GPS Life Journey online, it was the only Christian course she knew that seemed to suit her needs perfectly! She said, “I was doubtful that this course could still be offered to me in Australia (before finding out about the zoom options) but I was so keen to try and reach out anyway because I felt like I had nothing to lose and everything to gain!
I really wanted God to speak to me through this course and give me the vision and direction I had been praying for so long for.”
Thanks to connecting via Instagram @gpsjourney she was able to chat with Emily Miller. In October 2021, they started the GPS Life Journey process online via Zoom. Meeting weekly for up to an hour to discuss the eight sessions.
Vaartjes shared “The weekly classes were really manageable (as long as I had done all my homework!) and the short snippet videos gave a good little intro into the class for the week. I felt excited for the weeks to come (especially the one where we hear from God) because I was expectant concerning what I was going to hear.”
She felt encouraged and felt like she had ticked off another piece of the puzzle towards understanding herself and her calling better. “It was really eye opening finding similar patterns, or themes through my answers, which helped give me clarity, confirmation and confidence.”
“I am so extremely thankful for the GPS life journey. It was the vehicle through which God answered my prayers and gave me vision I had been praying for, for so long.
It was such a wonderful journey, through which I discovered the way God has intentionally designed me, the passions He has given me, and the values I hold dear - they are not a mistake, but carefully given to me for what I am specifically called to.
This process has restored my hope … it has given me vision for the future, and every day is exciting as I take one step forward into the calling God has for me.
I cannot recommend the GPS life journey enough! If you embark upon it though, be prepared - come expectant and get ready to hear God speak and release you into the wonderful exciting future He has planned for you!
The best thing about it is that it can be taken from anywhere in the world ... I was blessed to be able to go through this process via zoom. It was so personal and really allowed for extra time to be given to explore my calling and answers with my wonderful facilitator (Emily).
Thank you Nolen Rollins for creating such a God inspired course. It is something that has changed my life, and will be something I come back to time and time again as I age, and step into new seasons in my life.” Blessings, Sam
Sam has been working since December at Luna Park as well as a few more job opportunities here and there. "I have moved back to Sydney and am loving being part of the industry. I am working to settle in a new church up here and really get connected to be anchored in God’s community before going back out to do my work."
If you would like to participate in GPS Life Journey online, then please check the EVENTS page to find out when the next group begins.
In this Note from Nolen, we want to thank all our GPS Life Journey Facilitators around the world. Thank you for helping other people discover God's purposes for the next stages of their lives. And helping them to develop a strategy to engage and fulfilling those purposes.
Nolen Rollins is constantly encouraged as we continually receive reports all across America and around the world from GPS Life Journey graduates. They are sharing how the GPS Life Journey process has had such tremendous impact in their lives.
Nolen Rollins is ready to assist you in anyway and encourage you to keep helping people to make a difference in the world by discovering and fulfilling their life purposes. If we can help you in any way as a facilitator to enlist and conduct more GPS Life Journey small groups. Then please let us know how we can help by leaving a comment or by using the contact page.
Meet Emily Miller from our team at GPS Life Journey. She lives in SW Florida with her husband Jeffrey Miller and is originally from the UK. She is a licensed Ziglar Coach, empowering young women to find their purpose in Christ.
Emily and her husband completed the two days live blitz in May 2019. She discovered her mission is to guide young adults and others to experience GPS Life Journey and to fulfil their destiny.
She serves on the Board of Directors (since April 2021) and helps with the marketing and communications.
She worked with a team of volunteers to help bring GPS Life Journey online using Zoom in 2020. She facilitated GPS Life Journey with three young women in Bolivia thanks to a translator. You can read more about how GPS Life Journey Equips Orphans for a Successful Destiny here.
She has also facilitated with a young woman in Sydney, Australia, at the end of 2021. You can expect to read that story soon!
We'd love to hear from you and your stories, quotes, etc. Please do get in touch by leaving a comment, or using our Contact form.
When you meet someone who truly inspires you, do you wonder about their life journey and how they became the person you just met? Their energy and passion are palpable. You sense they might be living out their destiny and loving every moment of it. If so, more than likely, you have met Alice Skaff, founder of Haven of Hope International (HOHI), a global orphan care non-profit.
The organization’s mission is to strengthen and empower orphanages around the world to rescue, love, restore, and equip the abused and abandoned children they serve. Alice, along with her small staff and an active board and advisory board, has helped to change the lives of hundreds of orphan children across the world, setting them on their journey to reach their destiny.
Prior to founding HOHI, Skaff served as an advocate for the elderly in Lee, Charlotte, and Collier counties, a position she held for 23 years. She served as a Professional Guardian, Guardianship Paralegal, Professional Fiduciary and Life Care Coordinator working for local law firms and through her business, Guardian Angel Services.
“I got involved locally through the courts, local attorneys, financial planners and senior living homes. When vulnerable adult populations were unable to make sound decisions regarding their health and finances, I would get a call. By working with the family or professionals that witnessed the problem, we would get the person in a safe living environment, secure and protect their assets with the local judicial system, if needed.” explained Skaff. Coordinating care to improve quality of life while budgeting finances and utilizing public benefit has equipped her to do the same for orphans.
In 2004, she joined her church on a mission trip to Santa Cruz, Bolivia to build an orphanage. A native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, though raised in the United States, the mission trip was her first return to South America. It would not be her last.
Following that mission trip her journey expanded to help vulnerable children. Skaff explains, “My work coordinating care for seniors was challenging, demanding yet very rewarding. This new opportunity of investing time into our future through children in the same way was exciting and an answer to prayer.”
“When I was on that transformative mission trip, I’d see the kids on the street, and I was profoundly impacted. I prayed to God. I said, ‘If I can do anything to help these kids...”
Ms. Skaff vowed to advocate for the vulnerable population of orphans and their care. She immediately advocated for her church to “adopt” the Santa Cruz, Bolivia orphanage. The first Advisory Board was formed, and she hasn’t stopped since. The board not only provided funding but provided opportunities for others to share their expertise to help the children. The result has been a transformational and sustainable model of orphan care. Skaff explains, “When we realized the majority of children would never be adopted, we knew we couldn’t simply rescue the kids. We incorporated programming that would facilitate restoration and equipping them to pursue their dreams gives the children every opportunity to succeed as adults and fulfill the plan originally intended for their lives.”
In 2013, she founded the HOHI nonprofit organization, headquartered in Fort Myer’s, Florida, to bring the Santa Cruz model of orphan care to other orphanages around the world. “We realized there was a need for this model of care in orphanages and in 2016, she transitioned from working as a part-time HOHI volunteer to its full-time Executive Director. Today, HOHI’s staff, board and advisory council members, family, friends, and colleagues make up her team of supporters and donors, helping these children.
Not surprisingly, Ms. Skaff’s personal mission is to encourage people to experience a deeper relationship with God and help them discover, recover and engage in His purpose for their lives.”
She is a certified GPS Life Coach and God’s Plan for Success Facilitator and served on the initial GPS Steering Committee. She believes there is a distinct difference between compassion and empathy. Skaff explains, “In compassion, you feel their hurt. In empathy, you feel their hurt and you say, ‘what can I do to help you get beyond the pain.’.”
Skaff continues, “Going through GPS Life Journey and coaching from Nolen Rollin helped me prioritize my time and focus on next steps. It confirmed where I should focus my time – on my strengths and gifts and where I needed additional support from others – my weaknesses. The process confirmed what I thought were my natural gifts and strengths. My GPS strength finder is empathy, communicator, includer, connector and developer. That’s who I’ve always been.”
What began as a mission trip has become a life-long commitment for Ms. Skaff with 18 years of dedicated service to helping abused, abandoned, and orphaned children fulfill their destiny. “Did you know there are 153 million orphans?” Skaff asks. “By population, they are the ninth-largest nation in the world. As less than 1% of children living in orphanages will never be adopted, we need to make certain they learn skills while they’re with us. If the children age out without employable skills, 60% of the boys will turn to a life of crime; 70% of the girls will turn to prostitution and 10-15% of all children will attempt suicide.”
“I’m a vision caster, campaigner, advocate. God has brought an incredible team around His calling to become their “family”. We occasionally must adjust and expand and recently our team went through the GPS Team Workshop to ensure we are growing with a balanced team and the team value each other’s strengths to work well together. A few of our organization’s values are Family, Teamwork, Development, Empowerment. We want for our team here to fulfill the plan God intended for their lives as well.”
Jeff and Brian Basik have been members of Skaff’s team for years, serving on the HOHI board. Brian says, “You couldn’t have a better executive director for a children’s ministries. She has a heart for these kids. When it comes to doing something, her passion takes over and it is wonderful to see. HOHI’s work is more than saving and feeding these orphan children. It’s about working through their trauma, giving them an education, and helping them reach their potential.”
One of Skaff’s greatest strengths is her energy. Brian Basik confirms, “She is the energizer bunny, able to go 60 mph for a long period of time.” Which is a good thing for the organization.” In 2018, Skaff agreed to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for HOHI. The fundraising campaign theme—'Think Big Dream Bigger ‘should be of no surprise. Five days up and 2 days down, Skaff climbed Mt. Kili, the highest mountain in Africa and the highest single free-standing mountain in the world.
“Those kids got me up that mountain to plant a flag on their behalf,” Skaff said. “I never hiked, and I don’t like to camp but God said, ‘You need to do this.’ So, I did.”
Skaff wanted to send a message to the children living in HOHI partner homes that they are not forgotten and the HOHI “Family of Hope” has their backs and will help them achieve their dreams. “When we work with these children and help them recover from the trauma they experienced, we ask them, “What do you want to be when you grow up? They say, ‘Engineer, doctor, nurse, chef, teacher, pastor…the list goes on. They too have big dreams.”
She continues, “Good leaders tell you that you can do anything, but it’s going to be challenging. Their climb is going to be harder than what I did. They have no voice of their own. Their parents are gone. So, we will be their voice.”
Since 2013, the organization has given a voice to more than 6,000 children in 54 orphanages in 27 countries providing a “haven of hope”, helping them to think big and dream bigger. Today, in addition to HOH Bolivia, HOHI is focusing on improving 5 additional orphan care homes in Peru, Kenya, Tanzania, and Trinidad. Those connected to HOHI firmly believe that teachers, and doctors, and community leaders on a mission to give back, will come from these homes.
Brian Basik explained, “We’re not taking the children out of the country. They’ll change the world from where they’re at. We also want them to break the chain of poverty and abuse. We tell them, ‘Your past doesn’t dictate your future’.”
Skaff finds herself challenged in being patient. She explains, “Expanding our orphan care model is a process, it takes time and resources. Global organizations that have seen the model of care are requesting we help homes they are connected with. When I think about the fact that every 3 seconds an orphan ages out, it keeps me on my knees. The need is great, but our God is greater and until we can get to these homes waiting, we trust God to care for His children.”
To donate to Haven of Hope International click here.
Here's what new in 2022 for GPS Life Journey!
GPS Life Journey Headquarters are Relocating to Tennessee. After 20 Years of being located in Southwest Florida GPS Life Journey Main Office is moving to Lenoir City, Tennessee.
Clarice and Nolen Rollins are moving back to their home town in a few months. The work of GPS Life Journey will carry on. We have a great team in place in Southwest Florida. That team is headed up by Renee Porter-Medley.
Next up, our website has been updated and launched this week. You can now read the Note From Nolen on our blog, access great resources and much more! Please take a look around and give us your feedback.
This year you will receive a weekly email communication from us if you've signed up for our newsletter. You can find a box to sign up on the right hand side of this blog page and on our home page!
We promise to send a What's Happening email on the first Thursday of the month, with activities you can register for on this website. Every second Thursday of the month you will receive one of these Note From Nolen. The third Thursday of the month we will send you a GPS Life Journey story from one of our graduates. You'll learn about the great work they're doing around the world. The fourth Thursday you will receive another Note From Nolen video and hear from one of our team members from GPS.
We hope that all of these resources will help you and assist you as you engage in helping other people discover and fulfil God's purposes for their lives.
We have been discussing your personal profile, who are you? It's important for you to understand how God has uniquely designed and wired you.
An important part of that profile are your abilities, your skills, there are certain things you just do well, and there are certain things you don't do well. There are certain things you do well, because you just have natural ability, and you have certain things you do well, because you've had training and skills, preparation and the past.
It's important for you to take a look at these things you do well, because in most cases, God helped you to learn how to do those things are naturally equipped you to do those things, because he wants you to use those abilities and skills to fulfill His purpose for your life in the future.
Consider being a part of the GPS Life Journey, where you can see how all of this fits together.
Hi Nolen Rollins here with another Note from Nolen. We have been discussing know yourself, your personal profile, who are you? Another important part of your personal profile is an assessment of your life experiences.
Every experience in life you have had is important, even the bad experiences. All of these experiences have something to do with your future. You learn from the past, and God has something for you and his mission and purpose for your life in the future. And where he has brought you and the past the things you have experienced are an important part.
I trust you will consider being a part of the GPS Life Journey, where you will do an assessment on your life experiences to better understand where you have been so you can understand better where you need to go.
Nolen Rollins, Founder & President of GPS Life Journey