Jackie Pegram has devoted her life to sharing her faith with people from all over the world.
Pegram runs her own ministry through her Web site, www.missjackiestreasuresoftruth.org.
"Treasures of Truth" is a reference to one of her favorite scriptures. It "came out of my love of Proverbs 2, where the scripture talks about God's word as being a treasure," she said.
She started sharing her message 16 years ago when she worked with Motor Racing Outreach, the chaplaincy to NASCAR.
"My husband, Ron Pegram, and I traveled to almost every race for 12 years," Pegram said. "I started the children's ministry and ladies' ministries with the drivers, crew chiefs owners and team members' families."
Wanting to do more, she began an at-home ministry teaching Bible studies to women and children in the racing community throughout Mooresville, Huntersville and Concord.
In late 2002, Pegram felt called to broaden her ministry.
"I felt the Lord tell me to go to the poor children," Pegram said. "I had ministered to the rich and famous; it was time to go to the orphans, the oppressed, the sick children of Africa."
Seven years later, Pegram has made 10 trips to South Africa.
"I teach the children there just as I did at the NASCAR races," she said. "I call it 'Bible club.'"
Pegram and her group of supporters minister to the Masoyi Tribe in White River, South Africa.
"I have made many friends - those I have served and those who serve me," she said. "Next year, three different teams are going to South Africa to minister to the orphans of Masoyi without me. It is catching! Giving is wonderful. More than rewarding."
Pegram is also closely involved with the Samaritan's Feet Ministries, of which her husband is the chief operating officer.
"We go to the poor here and abroad to wash feet and give shoes in the name of Jesus," she said.
Pegram has been to Peru three times to work with Ron and Michelle Smith, missionaries who live in Charlotte, to minister through Samaritan's Feet.
Through the Samaritan's Feet Ministries and the Pegrams' own nonprofit ministry, Prepare International, 1,770 orphans are fed every day.
Pegram raises funds for her ministries by writing about women of the Bible and performing dramatic readings of her writings.
"I speak to different groups when possible and funds go to the ministry in South Africa," she said.
Jackie's Pegram's main role during the missions is to plan the trip and to teach the Bible clubs.
"Bible stories are taught and acted out," she said. "I always have the children in costume acting out the story." Pegram also takes her missions to places like West Virginia, Washington, D.C. and Florida.
In her spare time, Pegram teaches a ladies' Bible study class. She and her husband have also been involved in the establishment of a new church in Jacksonville, Fla.
Pegram believes that the recent financial crisis has added another sense of urgency to her mission.
"God is looking for available people," she said.
The Pegrams have two daughters, Paige and Krystal, and one son, Pat. They also have seven grandchildren.