Story - everyone has one right? Here's mine:
I came to know Christ while I
was a junior in high school in Hawaii. I sat next to George in Spanish class,
and I was able to ask him questions about the “religious” t-shirts he often
wore. I was a Roman Catholic and I did everything I could possibly do as far as
training “in the faith,” but I wanted more. A personal relationship with God
was what I needed and longed for and that is what George explained to me – that
there is a way to get really close to God and that is through His Son, Jesus,
who died a substitutionary death on the cross and rose from the dead so that
whosoever believes may be forgiven of sin once and for all and reconciled with
God. He also explained that according to the bible everyone after Adam and Eve
inherited a sin nature which separates us from God. He said that I needed to
accept the free gift of salvation that only the Son of God can offer and
accepting that gift enables me to become a new creation and a part of the family
of God. George helped me purchase a study bible and he gave me bible
lessons to do every week.
While I was still in high
school, my parents told me I should join the Army Reserves. I honored and
obeyed my parents despite being a “girly girl” and signed up. I was a finance
pay specialist at first, but I later joined the regular Army as a Chapel
Activities Specialist because of my new faith in Christ. While serving in the
military I learned more about the Bible and what it means to be a Christ
follower. I was mentored by an evangelical chaplain and other Christ followers
and I was given responsibilities to lead a ministry to single soldiers and
teach children in Sunday School. When I was in Germany I met some short term
missionaries from a bible college in Portland, Oregon. I admired the way they
knew Scripture and applied it to their lives. I decided to attend there after
my term in the military. Studying God’s Word just opened up my eyes and heart
for what matters to God. God wants to reconcile all nations and tribes to
Himself, and I still want to be a part of what He is doing in the world.
Here I Am, Send Me!
Jesus announced his mission on
earth was to bring good news to the poor, to comfort the brokenhearted, and to
set the captives and prisoners free. I’ve been a follower of Christ for 28
years, and it was during college that I developed a heart to share the gospel
in Sudan. In my missions’ class, we were assigned to select an unreached
people group and propose how we would share the gospel with them. I chose the
Fulanis, a predominantly Muslim, nomadic tribe from the northern part of Sudan.
My desire to share the gospel in Sudan became a reality when I heard that a
group from Salinas was being mobilized by e3 Partners Ministry, a church
planting ministry that works with national churches in multiple countries
through short-term mission trips.
God opened the way for me to go in April 2007. I became
an Associate Church Planting Coordinator with e3 Partners in December 2007, and
I completed training in February of 2009 and decided to go full time in
May. By God’s grace I will help mobilize teams, use my administrative skills to
co-lead trips and share the love of Christ and plant new churches. Most of my
trips will be to Sudan, while other trips that I co-lead will be to other
countries like India and Ecuador.
Jesus said, “…I tell you, open your eyes and look at the
fields! They are ripe for harvest.” After sharing the gospel in Sudan,
India and Ecuador, I’ve seen that the fields are indeed ripe for the harvest,
they are plentiful, but the laborers are few.
I am in the process of looking for people to partner with me
through prayer and financial support as together we join God in making His Name
great among every people on earth. I am about halfway towards my support
goal. Would you consider and pray about becoming a monthly financial partner?