WOMEN IN KENYA
In 2013, God opened a door to go and help abused women in Kenya. The abused women in Kenya, Africa have suffered many kinds of horrific abuses. Visit our "Women in Kenya" to see how we are working to help these women find safety and restoration.
MARSHA HARWELL-GUNYON, Associate of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana University, Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Indiana Wesleyan University. Marsha has been employed at Marion General Hospital for the past 30 years, and is currently employed in the Quality Department as Quality Data Coordinator and HFAP Accreditation Coordinator. She and her husband, Randal, have been married for 38 years and have two grown children, and one grandson. Marsha has a keen understanding and deep compassion for the appalling abuse and significant health issues that the women of Kenya endure, along with their children. She believes that it is imperative that the Tamar’s Women’s Rescue Center in Kenya be completed and fully operational, in order to minister to the health and spiritual needs of these precious Kenyan women.
LON TUIN, M.A., serves as Secretary of Tamar's Voice. He assists Jan in many facets of the ministry. He was co-director with Jan from 1997-2008. He continues to be involved in many facets of the ministry behind the scenes to keep the organization running smoothly. He takes care of all mailings and keeps documents organized. He is a retired high school counselor; thus, he has understanding of how abuse is really an abuse of power.
WOMEN IN USA
In 1994, Tamar's Voice was launched to help women who had been abused by a member of the clergy. Though the years we have heard from hundreds of women who desperately need someone to listen and understand. If you are in that situation or know someone who is, you are invited to contact us.
GLORIA OTT, B.S., Nursing Degree from Indiana Wesleyan University, Board Certified Surgical Tech from Harrison College, Worked in Pediatrics at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana for 16 years. She has a passion for women and children's healthy issues and wants Tamar Women's Rescue Centre Kenya to have a clinic for the mothers and their children's health issues. She currently mentors a child in Kid's Hope International. She has been married to Dwight Ott for 30 years and has 4 grown children. She is an authentic Hoosier, as she was born and has lived in Indiana all her life.
Sydney Garner – Bachelor’s Degree in Education from the University of Missouri, Master’s in Learning Disabilities from Southwest Missouri State University. Sydney worked in the field of education as Program Director, Assistant Principal, and teacher. Her family moved to Indiana from Ohio in 2002 where her husband, Brad, joined the faculty of Indiana Wesleyan University. They have four grown children and five grandchildren. Sydney has mentored children for 14 years through Kids Hope International. She leads a Read-to-Me Program with the women in the Grant County Jail for the past 8 years.
LAURA RIGGS. B.S./CPA graduated from Azusa Paciific University in California with a BS in Accounting. After graduating she married her high school sweetheart David, and worked for over ten years in public accounting for KPMG. In 2000, they moved to Marion, IN where David joined the faculty at Indiana Wesleyan University. Laura is a stay at home mom for their four children ranging from ages 9 to 17 years. She is a CPA and does accounting work part time. She volunteers in the children's and the youth group at College Wesleyan Church. She has a compassionate heart for helping abused women in Kenya and the USA.
Tamar's name is taken from the Bible--2 Samuel 13. She was a daughter of King David and raped by her half brother--David's son. She was cast aside, isolated, shamed, and left with no voice to speak for the heinous crime she tragically experienced.
ARLENE VOORHIS, M.A., taught public elementary school for three years. She grew up in a family that was hospitable; consequently, she has always loved to cook and serve meals for guests. From 1979 to 2001, Arlene and her husband, Gary owned and operated a restaurant--Country Cook Inn--in the center of their farmland in Indiana. People drove from all over Indiana to dine at this special restaurant located in a peaceful wooded setting. Arlene is a passionate, faithful, generous supporter of Tamar's Voice, particularly to the cause of abused women in Kenya.
Being a survivor of abuses throughout my life, I have a passion to help women who have also suffered. For the past twenty plus years, I have been able to offer HOPE to women who have been abused. During this time, I have heard from women who had no voice, were isolated, rejected, shunned, and even harmed physically.
Three years ago, my focus change was able to go to Kenya to meet with women who had suffered many different kinds of abuses--husband beatings, rapes, victims of HIV/AIDS, homelessness, poverty, and most of the time left with children to care for with no means to provide. This experience has opened a new dimension to my ministry.
TAMAR'S VOICE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
JON TUIN, Ed. D. is a high school principal in Elgin, Illinois. He has a keen understanding of how a leader holds great responsibility. Jon understands how the dynamics of clergy sexual abuse is in an abuse of power. He is the son of Jan and Lon, consequently the betrayal by his pastor had a profound affect on him. He has been on Tamar's Voice board for several years. He and his wife, Heather, have always been strong supporterss of Tamar's Voices.