As I write to you today, God continues to work within me, to sanctify me, to heal me and to call me.
To briefly catch you up on my life, I graduated from UW-Oshkosh last spring with a BA in Spanish language and journalism. Upon graduation, I began working at my home church, Appleton Alliance Church, in the communications department (which primarily entails copywriting and social media content strategy) as well as pursuing an MA in global leadership from Crown College. I could easily write a book sharing the ebbs and flows of my testimony and divine purpose; however, the mission of God is not to glorify myself. It is to glorify the Creator of testimony and purpose Himself.
So, I want to highlight His glory by sharing yet another mission He has set on my heart. This fall, I will be joining an AAC team from September 4 – 14 to teach English alongside our sister church, Cono Norte Callao, in Lima, Peru.
By now, you may already know where this letter is going, and you’re probably thinking, “Why now? Why in the current state of our world?” There’s a simple answer: God is still working. Isn’t He the One who allowed pandemic to flood the Earth? Yet, He still set on our hearts a mission to share His grace through English teaching. These days are very unprecedented, but this just means that there are unprecedented opportunities for the church to minister to people around the world.
Within and around Lima reside some of the neediest and most destitute families in Peru. Poverty prevents them from accessing basic needs such as food, water and medicine, and it also socially polarizes them from other locals. Unlike the U.S., Lima is unable to provide social services and financial support to break the generation cycle of poverty. The local church and other foreign aid programs provide assistance and compassion that these people cannot receive elsewhere.
Our plan is to partner with an annual English camp that is free for the members of our sister church – so long as they invite at least one unchurched friend. The English-speaking workshops are designed to share the gospel while teaching the professionally valued language. This is an excellent chance to build relationships with the local Peruvians. We will also walk through surrounding neighborhoods, visiting the homes of church’s poorest families, praying for them and delivering care packages to them.
Just as we see God’s mysterious provision in the midst of present COVID-19 chaos and uncertainties, I have faith that God will provide what is needed to complete this exact mission He has already begun.
If you would like to join us in our Christian calling to go and to send, you can do so in two ways. First, if you feel led to support us financially, it is my goal to raise $1200 by May 31st for our mission. All funds raised will pour directly into the needs of the team, the Peruvians and the English camp costs. If you are able and would like to support us with the resources to complete this camp, you can give on this page by clicking the DONATE button here.
However, even though finances are a definite reality, I challenge you even more to partner with me in prayer. I have no doubt that this English camp will stretch and enable me to complete my purpose confidently throughout the rest of my life, and I have no doubt that the power of prayer is alive and crucial. Therefore, I ask you to pray for:
– Godly discernment in the midst of trip planning and preparation.
– Peace for the team as we continue to pursue this calling during global hardship.
– An overwhelming confidence to use both my English and Spanish language skills to effectively communicate the gospel to my Peruvian friends.
Thank you for your time, and thank you for your endless support and prayers. I cannot wait to share more stories with you upon my return!