Kenny and Karen Sherin

Location: South Dakota

Commissioned: 2008

As advisers with Together For Hope, CBF’s rural poverty initiative, the Sherins are involved in research focused on community development.
 
Kenny’s position as Community Development Specialist with South Dakota State University Extension allows him to work as a Community Coach with rural communities throughout South Dakota, including areas where CBF Together for Hope initiatives have already begun.
 
“Throughout our lives, we have witnessed the transformation within rural communities and the uncertainty that comes with change. We look for ways to teach folks how to help themselves,” Kenny says.  “The resources we have gained in our studies and experiences provide us with tools to assist, coach and further empower communities and individuals to be more effective and self-sustaining. We are excited about building relationships and partnership in and around South Dakota”
 
Karen points that the move to South Dakota has caused them to further deepen their understanding of the term “rural.”
 
“As we have traveled around, we found that many conveniences are not as accessible here. For instance, driving several hours without passing a fast food chain is nearly impossible in some states.  But not in South Dakota,” Karen says. “Let’s just say, we fill up with gas tank and pack peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before we travel.”
 
“Since childhood, Kenny and I have had a love for rural communities.  Over time, that love evolved into a call to minister in rural settings,” says Karen. “We love rural communities, rural churches and, most importantly, the people that make up the community and church.”

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