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Rachel was born in Dayton Ohio to a already large family of 5. She was the baby of the family, and literally about killed her Mother on her entrance into the world. Rachel was the 5th child to a school teacher and truck driver and soon found herself as a child of a single Mom of 5 who was forced to work 3 jobs to support her children. So Rachel is no stranger to seeing and living what it means to be a virtuous woman, as she watched her Mother do it, and continue to do it. Rachel is a devoted wife, Mother of 4 and Founder of Women at the Well Ministries. She is an author and currently writing her first in-depth Bible Study. She has been the keynote speaker at Mother’s of Israel conference, and several of her local church’s women’s events.
Her passion is studying scripture and then teaching those lessons to others, with the goal that they will then turn around and pay it forward. Her #each one #teach one philosophy is her mission. She is passionate about helping women by giving them tools to help them break strong holds so they can pursue whatever the Lord has for them. So, training them up for the call! That is what spurred her ministry.
She knows that God didn’t create women to just sit around and get pedicures and swap recipes and tackle the dust bunnies everyday, but to be side by side with the men in fighting the war against evil and taking as many people to heaven with them as possible.
She now does life with her best friend, her husband Curt and will tell you, her children are the best kids on the earth. They love to do Bible studies together and love traveling with their family.
If she isn’t at home with her family, you will find her checking something off her bucket list! Her biggest so far would be competing in figure competitions, competing at the Arnold class in fitness, being in a beauty pageant representing her county as Mrs. Miami County in the Mrs. Ohio America pageant, and authoring a 30 day bible study devotional. And, she is only getting started.
She loves to weave her own personal stories in with her message, because she believes she is living her calling day by day, and sometimes it gets pretty funny!
MY INTERVIEW WITH RACHEL TUCKER:
1.) Rachel, tell us a little about your childhood, i.e. where you grew up, what it was like being the youngest of five children, your pets, your favorite things to do, etc.
Although my earthly Dad left us when I was 5, my childhood was pretty ok. We moved around a little until I was 5, then we stayed there. A town called St. Paris; I am literally just a small town girl. My Mother still lives there, where she is the city clerk. We had cats growing up, but no dogs, that I can remember. In my house, you would think I would get special treatment, but I was actually a punching dummy sometimes. My brother’s both wrestled, so they would use me to try out their new moves. Which, now, I’m thankful for, it has made me tough. With my Mom having to work 3 jobs, and my siblings older, I learned to entertain myself. I would clean the house, and even re-arrange it sometimes. My Mom would come home not happy sometimes about it. I would play in her Avon make-up, which now, I realize she was selling it to make extra income…I feel really bad about that one. My favorite thing to do was go to my friend’s house, they seemed to have cooler stuff and things to do!
I can relate in a sense…
2.) Your mother ended up as a single mom. What is the age span of all you children? How old were you when your father was no longer in the picture?
There is 10 years between the oldest and me. My brother Brian is 10 years older than me, then my sister Lauren, she is 8 years older than me. Then Todd, he was 5 years older than me, (we lost him to suicide 3 years ago) then my sister Mary is 2 years older than me. I don’t really remember a lot about having a relationship with my brother Brian, because he was so much older and went to college at Ohio State University when I was 8, then stayed gone. He now lives in Chicago with his wife Nora. Then my sister Lauren has been lost since I can remember. She robbed a 7-11 by the time she was about 14 using a butter knife and has been in and out of jail/prison pretty much her whole life. Then my sister Mary she works at American Airlines and lives in Charlotte with her husband Ted. My dad left us(abandoned) us when I was 5 years old. Years later, found out he had met someone else, and they ended up together and now I have twin brother and sister from that relationship.
WOW! I do not know what to say. Thank you for sharing that with us. It is so difficult when loved ones have serious problems.
3) Your mother was a school teacher. What grades did she teach? What other jobs did she do in order to support you five children?
My Mom was an English teacher, and I don’t remember what grades she taught. My Mom is the hardest working (still) person I know. I remember at one time she worked at the board of education, the restaurant waitressing, and the tac shop that was actually next door to us. She also worked at the Sheriff’s office as a dispatcher. She also volunteered for over 35 years as a volunteer paramedic. And now, age 76, financially well, she works part time basically running the city! Her husband, my step father, who entered our life when I was 10, went home to be with the Lord on September 24, of this year.
I am so sorry about your loss. it is so difficult to lose family members and close friends.
4.) Did your mother have a good support system with family members? If so, in what ways? If not, how did she manage without family assistance?
My Mom did not. Her father died in WWII, and her Mom died of ovarian cancer before I was born. She has extended family but they did not live close. She just made things happen. I remember waking up in the middle of the night, and see my Mom on the sewing machine, hand making us barbie clothes for our barbies for Christmas. She is amazing.
I know of a few women like that/ It always dumbfounds me how they can do all that and keep going. It had to have been extra hard without family to help care for the children.
5.)What are your favorite childhood memories?
My favorite childhood memories are all when I went to my Grandma’s house, which is my Dad’s Mom. She owned a nursing home and it was situated on about 5 acres, with a barn and another house. I was quite the adventurer. I remember rescuing hurt animals like chipmunks and baby rabbit’s and nursing them back to health. I loved to go on hikes and just be outside. Oh and the ice cream. Old people have to have ice cream, so I would help myself everyday to some of the ice cream over at the nursing home.
LOL! For years my dad had to have a bowl of ice cream every night before bed until he had a heart attack and limited the ice cream to special occasions.
7.) What experiences have had the greatest impact on your life? In what ways?
All of the trials have been the greatest experiences in my life. They say your ministry comes from your greatest wound, and mine was the hole that my Father created in my life, which I went out and tried to fill with sex, drugs, and rock. n roll. It led me down a bad path, but I know my Father in Heaven was with me the whole time. I was a horrible person and hurt many people along the way. But, all these experiences have made me who I am today. Scripture says, “consider it pure joy when we face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” James 1:2. James doesn’t say IF you face trials, but WHEN you face them. He was saying that we will actually profit from our trials. And each time you come out of a storm, you are better, but new level, new devil But, the word gives us hope in Jesus Christ.
I find it difficult while going through trials to be grateful for them, but I am grateful afterwards and realize I am stronger than I feel I am. I appreciate your attitude. isn’t it wonderful Jesus atoned for all of our sins if we will repent.
7.) What inspired you to create and organize the Women at the Well Ministries?
I know that there are thousands if not millions of women out there that are just like I was. Lost…..I have been married 3x. My first 2 were within 5 years of each other. I had no concept of what marriage was or meant, or what covenant meant. I seriously went into them thinking, “Well, if it doesn’t work out, I will just get divorced”. I didn’t have a marriage around me to model what a Godly marriage looked like. I know many of the times it is because these women also didn’t have a Father in their life, and they went down the same road I did. The nameless woman at the well had been married 5 times and was living with someone who wasn’t her husband. She was shunned and looked down on, which is why she had to go get water at the well at the hottest of the day. After meeting Jesus, she went ALL IN, just like I did. The disciples went to town and brought back lunch, the woman brought back the whole town. So, I know the power in how ONE person’s transformation can change the world. That is our mission. Heal the girl and the woman will appear. And for me, my husband and I have been together 14 years and married going on 12! Praise the Lord.
I know you weren’t alone in your thinking. I have heard many make the comment “If it doesn’t work out, I will …”(leave, get a divorce, etc.)
8.) What has been your greatest challenges in this endeavor?
My greatest challenge is the spiritual warfare that I deal with daily. The enemy doesn’t want us healing anyone. So, I have great days, then I have days where nothing goes right. I also have days where I feel like I have been beat up, and just want to stay in bed. It is that bad sometimes. I get compassion fatigue. But, when that happens, I just go back to my journals and emails and messages from people who said I made a difference in their life, and that allows me to keep on going!
I’ve heard I stated that Satan assigns legions of spirits to those who are striving to do good. Just like a general in an army, you wouldn’t put your most powerful force where the battle line is weak and easily but where it is the strongest. Luckily, Heavenly Father sends His angels to help us fight the battle who we are unaware of.
9.) What has been the most rewarding so far?