Nikiya Copney – 35 People Who Inspire

Name: Nikiya Copney

Age:34

Occupation: Customer Service Representative, HSA Bank, Sheboygan, WI

Hobbies:  Singing, Crocheting

Church/Place of Worship: Member of  Bethesda Word of Life Christian Center Pastor J. Jones/ also associated with Cumming Street Missionary Baptist Church/ Pastor Gary Faulkner. Both of Memphis, TN

Ministry Involvement: Evangelism, Mentoring Youth/ Young Adults, and Victims of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence

Professional Organizations: “From Victim to Victor”

Favorite Leisure Activity: Singing, Going to Movies, Dancing, and Reading

What is your definition of an Inspirational person: A person that uplifts and encourages others without judgement or condemnation

What is the difference between someone who inspires vs. someone who gives false hope: A person that inspires meets people where they are in life and ministers to them in truth and love without judgement.  They encourage and motivate others to grow, succeed, and trust God. A person that gives false hopes gives a false sense of security in worldly values and hopes that are unrealistic and unattainable.

What legacy do you plan to leave for your children/those that look up to you: I plan to leave a legacy of love, selflessness, integrity, and an un-waivering trust in God. I also want to leave them with a love for helping others.

On Being A Leader: When I think of a leader I think of someone that’s humble enough to be a good servant.  I teach my children “In order to be a good leader you must first learn how to be a good servant”. If you can not humble yourself as Jesus did to serve his people then how can you effectively lead them in love and compassion; resisting arrogance.

On Saturdays, one can usually find me spending time with my children: watching movies, playing games, and/or having “Forced Family Fun Time”.

What is your favorite quote/scripture:  “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” Psalms 23:4-6; “Though he slay me yet will I hope in him” John 13:15

Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years: Graduating college and getting my non-profit organization “From Victim to Victor” successfully off the ground

In 10 years: Traveling the world speaking to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault preaching, teaching, and encouraging restoration. Teaching people to take their lives back, stop living as a victim, and live life victoriously. You past does not have to dictate your future!

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