Meet Daniela Taylor!
We are excited to interview Daniela Taylor! She has been a committed member of Kaleo Church since 2016, leads a women's DNA Group, and volunteers to serve our Kaleo Church family in a myriad of other ways. Daniela and her Missional Community also serve and support the East County Pregnancy Care Clinic. If you've never met Daniela, we hope this interview will help to get to know her better. Be sure to say HI to her the next time she serves on the Hospitality Team at the gathering or join her this Saturday 3/13 at the Pregnancy Care Clinic's Walk For Life!
1. How and when did Jesus draw you to himself?
It was Good Friday 2014 and I put on an “Easter movie” for my kids but watched it with them. I had been to many churches many times growing up and would even profess to be a
Christian depending on how I was living at the time, but never having understood the good
news of salvation. Jesus convicted me of my sin and showed me my need of repentance
while watching the film during the scene where the actor portraying Jesus said “Render to
Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God's.” I couldn’t sit and
watch any longer, I went to my room and repented of a life of sinning against Him and hurting others. I knew I was made in His image and belonged to Him so I should live accordingly. I called out to Him like never before and wept from sorrow of sin and of joy from the overwhelming peace that comes with being covered by His mercy and the righteousness of Christ. My whole world changed from black and white to color from that day.
2. How long have you been a part of Kaleo Church?
Since early Spring 2016.
3. What is your favorite thing about Kaleo?
The Gospel focused community, biblical preaching and evident love for one another.
4. Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your family?
I am wife to my high school sweetheart and mother to our teenage sons. During our free time we enjoy hanging out with our 3 dogs at the bay, exploring the city, trails and camping in the mountains and desert. I grew up in San Diego but as an Air Force Wife, lived away for 10 years, 5 in Northern California and 5 in Germany. We have a lot of family in San Diego that we enjoy hosting and spending time with.
5. How did you start leading a DNA Group? What has been most encouraging? Most challenging?
My DNA leader moved away and suggested me to follow suit. It has been so encouraging to
see different women, different ages, different pasts and different redemption stories, all be able to share each other’s burdens, call out sin, pointing one another to Christ, being of
encouragement to one another and reminding each other what He has already done in our lives.
We’ve noted in the past how apart from Christ and our DNA group, we may have never built
the relationships we have. What a sweet glimpse of heaven where we will all dwell in peace with one another praising our Father for all he’s done in our lives!
The most challenging has been not being able to meet in person at times and seeing some of our members move on when they move away from San Diego or Kaleo. (I’ve had 3 move out of state and one marry and move away in my DNA)
6. What words of wisdom would you give to someone wrestling with whether or not to join a DNA?
I would encourage them to join and allow themselves to be loved and known, encouraged
and discipled, nurtured and admonished by their group of brothers or sisters in Christ.
7. How else do you serve at Kaleo?
Kids Class, Hospitality Team, hosting MC in our home and serving individual members when needs arise.
8. What are some of your favorite things to do when you get some free time?
Reconnect with friends and family that I haven’t reached out to in a while, relax at home and
garden, watch movies with my guys, work on my to-do list for the week.
9. What are you currently reading?
The Book of Job in the Bible
Unoffendable by Brant Hansen
You're Not Enough (And That's OK) by Alley Beth Stuckey
10. What is something that most people do not know about you?
I am fluent in Spanish.
WHAT: The East County Pregnancy Care Clinic will be hosting their yearly Walk For Life in El Cajon. We’ve done this as a church for years and hope you will consider joining us. It is a 2 mile walk and all the proceeds go to helping the clinic counsel women and serve them in numerous ways.
WHEN: Saturday, Mar. 13th from 9am-Noon.
WHERE: We will meet at Meridian Baptist Church
WHO: Talk to Daniela Taylor or Raliza Amato for more info.