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Miss America relies on faith, prayer to help deal with demanding schedule


OKLAHOMA CITY — “I don’t know how I would be coping with the demands of being Miss America if I didn’t have the support of other Christians, not to mention my personal relationship with Christ,” Jennifer Berry told The Christian Chronicle during an Aug. 10 visit to Oklahoma Christian University, where she raised money for adoption and maternity care ministry Christian Services of Oklahoma.
Berry said she balances her demanding schedule with her desire to grow spiritually. Ongoing discussions with Skiatook church member and part-time chaperone Debbie Kendall fill some of the void, as do nightly “prayer calls” to her boyfriend.
Her focus is reaching out to youth, specifically raising awareness of alcoholism by partnering with Mothers Against Drunk Driving. That platform has given her a perspective she didn’t see as an education major at the University of Oklahoma, she said, as well as a chance to interact with teens on a more spiritual level.
“I want some day to look back on this time in my life and see that I’ve made an impact on young women, especially, as they become everything God wants them to be,” Berry said.
Meanwhile, church member Rachelle Phillips was crowned Miss Kentucky on July 22 and will compete in the 2007 Miss America pageant. Phillips, 24, is the daughter of Randell Phillips, minister of the Princeton, Ky., church.

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