‘Humbled to be where I am’ — ministry with many missions
Many of us have gone through the storms of life, but God can, and does, turn it around. Just ask Destin’s Dee Chernicky.
“At one time in my life I remember having nothing but poverty, pain and heartache,” Chernicky told The Log. “Now I’m blessed to be a blessing. I’m on the other side of the storm and I want to be the light that shines in the lives for others to make their way. I am humbled to be where I am, considering where I’ve been.”
Chernicky, a wife, mother, author and business entrepreneur, a graduate of Victory Bible Institute in Tulsa, Okla., founder of One Heart One Voice Ministries, and the host of the Shine On Women’s and Teen’s Conference. She has been a licensed and ordained minister since 2009 through Destiny Worship Center in Miramar Beach, and also serves on the Advisory Board of Christian Women in Media and Sharing Hands Network.
Dee Chernicky Ministries
After doing ministry work for more than 20 years, Chernicky began the Dee Chernicky Ministries in 2009 “to restore, refresh and empower others so that they will accomplish their dreams and the desired destiny of a joyful and blessed life.”
That ministry will now host a new monthly community outreach, One Heart One Voice Women, which will meet every month from 10 a.m. to noon at The Palms of Destin, 4201 Indian Bayou Trail. The first meeting will be Aug. 22, with doors opening at 9:30 a.m. and free childcare provided with online reservation. All services are free, with an offering to be taken.
“There will be live worship along with local and national guest speakers coming to teach God’s Word each month,” Chernicky said. “I will speak at our first meeting and lay the foundation for the vision and mission that God has given me for His women. I believe the women of God are hungry and want to grow deeper in the things of God. And for that reason, we have been raised up for such a time as this.”
The vision of this outreach is to “see the hearts of women grow and become wholly devoted and passionate followers of our Lord Jesus Christ,” she said. “… for all women of God to walk in the plans and purposes that He foreknew and predestined as He chose those to become like his Son.” (Romans 8:29)
Through worship and anointed guest speakers, the ministry will fulfill its mission to build strong lives on the solid foundation of God’s Holy Word. (Matthew 7:24)
“We believe we are all saved the same way, by the undeserved grace of the Lord Jesus,” Chernicky said. “And it’s because of that Word, found in Acts 15:11, that we seek to unify the body of Christ by inviting all faiths to attend this monthly outreach.”
One Heart One Voice Women is open to all women of all denominations, non denominations and those who are currently not connected to a local church. For more information, visit www.ohovwomen.org.
Another outreach of Chernicky’s ministry is the annual Shine On Conference held at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. The next one will be in May 2015.
“My hope for our community and region is to equip and empower the women of God through our monthly meetings and annual Shine On Conference,” Chernicky said. “My hope nationally and internationally is to continue to reach those who are in need with my book, ‘Activating the Promises of God.’ It’s currently being distributed in prisons, sex trafficking and recovery homes, the Bahamas Island, and more.”
Shakes Frozen Custard
Chernicky resides in Destin with her husband and poodles, Fee Fee and Mollee, and is the owner of Shakes Frozen Custard.
As a grateful believer in Jesus Christ, she said she wants to make a difference in the lives of others. And she has done just that for the homeless in the area.
Chernicky said that Gold spoke to her more than four years and told her to feed the homeless at Shakes. He also provided a plan for her to contact Lori at Harvest House and have her screen and quality those who were either homeless or hungry without means.
“He told me to give Lori a card for them to carry and show to the Shake’s employees that says ‘God Cares’. In four years we have served thousands of meals. They eat chili, hot dogs, potato salad, cole slaw, chips, milk shakes, ice cream, sodas, and, in the cold months, we add coffee and hot soup.”
Chernicky believes this outreach ministers not only to the hungry, but also to Shake’s employees.
“We are planting seeds in our youth to be giving and kind to those in need. Our hope is that the employees will one day have their own business and give out of their blessing.”
Chernicky and her husband, Wayne, also help in other areas when called. They have helped families who moved to the area and were homeless. With their personal friends and ministry friends, like Harvest House and Resurrection Men’s Ministry, they have helped establish families in an apartment.
“We are committed to helping wherever we can in our community,” Chernicky said. “We have a vision to see Destin reach out to the homeless and poor and needy. Destin is an affluent area with the means to not only have the resources to get them off the street but to also help in the transformation and healing process. We make it a priority of our outreach to fulfill this vision.”