Dear Class of 2001,

Merry Christmas! We hope that this year has been a rewarding and renewing one for you and your loved ones.

For the December edition of our Class Newsletter, we'd like to share with you the words we received from one of our classmates from Westmont. Janelle Marshall has graciously agreed to give us an update about her life since her time at Westmont. A huge thanks goes out to Janelle and her family for her contribution!

Janelle (Boyd) Marshall

Have you ever prayed without grasping what you're requesting of God? Shortly after graduation, I prayed daily for God to have His way in me. Well, he definitely had his way. He stretched me beyond what I could have imagined. He brought challenges, joys, triumphs and heartache. Yet, my love for Christ and my understanding that he is always there has brought me to a place of complete surrender.

The last eight years have been full. I left the comforts of home and moved to Chicago while only knowing three people in the city. I've been married for five years to an incredible man who constantly teaches me to reach higher. We also have a two-year-old daughter, Jada, who is a gift. I've earned my Masters degree in Journalism and am currently teaching undergraduate classes online while also staying home and raising our daughter.

Our life seems perfect, but it is not without heartache. God has truly shown Himself strong in my life through the loss of our first child and learning to rely on him without family nearby.

Although I couldn't comprehend it at the time, my four years at Westmont taught me that day by day, you take another step, reach into another heart and you keep going while thanking God for His provisions and making yourself available to His will.

Again, thank you Janelle for your contribution! What an encouragement it is to hear your story.

If you'd like to be included in a future edition of our class newsletter, email to get in touch with us.
Merry Christmas and may God bless all you fellow Westmont Graduates. We hope to see you again soon!

Debbie Hews '01
Tamara Wolf '01

P.S. Have you moved lately? Had a child? Changed jobs? Gotten married? Update your profile on Westmont's Alumni Directory and stay in touch with your classmates!