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January 27, 2013

Items tell stories of Groom’s journeys

Mission work has taken Kids’ Space advocate around world

— Lindsay Groom’s front room is a museum of her various interests and all the places she’s been.

“Everything here has a story, kind of like a museum,” she said.

Along one wall are pictures of the many places she visited during the seven years she spent as a community development worker with a Christian organization, Youth With a Mission.

Such work sent Groom around the world and helped develop her commitment to helping others.

At age 31, the Muskogee native is back home, working as a Kids’ Space family/victim advocate to help children and their families cope with sexual abuse.

Through her involvement in Christian organizations and with Kids’ Space, Groom said she has discovered that people of all classes have needs.

“There are a lot of people out there who are needy but still have plenty to eat,” she said.

Groom got her first taste of foreign aid work when she was at Southern Methodist University. Through a church in Corpus Christi, Texas, she did church work in Tuxpan, Mexico, after her first year of college.

“In Tuxpan, I saw people who were different than me who needed the help I could give them, even if it was just talking,” Groom recalled. “I was a translator on that trip — my Spanish was much better then — and I began to see how you can make a difference.”

Groom said she took two mission trips while in college.

Later, a friend from high school encouraged her to get involved with Youth With A Mission. She left college and spent most of her 20s going around the world with the organization.

“That was my life. I sort of lived out of a suitcase for several years,” she said.

Countries she visited included Scotland, England, Latvia, Morocco, Spain, even Afghanistan.

Meet Lindsay Groom

AGE: 31.

HOMETOWN: Muskogee.

CAREER: Family/victim advocate at Kids’ Space.

EDUCATION: Richard King High School, Corpus Christi, Texas, 1999. Attended Southern Methodist University. Seeking degree in criminal justice from Regent University online.

FAMILY: Parents, Terry and Theresa Groom; sister, Charlie Kate; two dogs, Emma and Deets.

RELIGIOUS AFFILIATION: “Follower of Jesus. That’s how I always say it. I don’t consider myself in any denomination.”

HOBBIES: Play guitar, sing, travel, read.

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