In December of 2010, Joan McClendon and Jaimee Bingle had the same vision on the same day at the same time in different churches. It wasn’t until the next day that the two realized that God had spoken to them about the writings of a book that would include women’s testimonies. It soon would become “Life on the Fringe: Testimonies of Women Moving Beyond Desperation to Faith.”
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Rev. 12:11
Both women knew that God wanted to speak powerfully through women’s testimonies. They believed that this book of more than 30 testimonies of women would bring healing to many other women struggling through similar circumstances. The book would act as a seed of healing revival in women in northern Indiana and southern Michigan and then spread across the nation and the world.
In addition to the testimonies, the book includes an intensive study of the woman with the issue of blood according to Luke 8 and Mark 5.
A longtime resident of South Bend, Joan’s passion is empowering women to find their identity in Christ and promoting the gospel through the power of testimonies. She serves through the JAG program at Adams High School in South Bend, Ind., mentoring young women. She is a former youth pastor at Christian Life Center in Mishawaka, Ind. Joan has a master of ministries degree and is currently working on her second master of arts in theological studies at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Ind. She is married to her college sweetheart, Cary, of almost 20 years. They have two children, Joshua, 16 and Moriah, 14.
Jaimee is a newlywed living in Mishawaka, Ind. with her wonderful husband, Nathan. Together the two lead the prayer ministry at Southgate Church in South Bend, Ind. Jaimee’s heart is to help others hear the voice of God, training others in the prophetic to build up the body of Christ. Currently, she works as the director of marketing and communications at Bethel College. She is also the author of the blog, “Close Your Eyes Dream,” a blog where she explores dreams and prophecy with biblical insight and interpretation.