I have been involved in children’s ministry for as long as I can remember. Little did I know that this experience would be training that I would one day use on the mission field. After my freshman year of high school, I was able to travel to Mexico on a church mission trip. This was my first chance to use my Spanish and my first real taste of Latin Culture. It was love at first sight. In High School I began working in Awana’s Sparks program, teaching Kindergarten, First, and Second graders, to memorize God’s Word. My senior year of high school, I was able to travel to northern Perú with my Spanish teacher. This was a wonderful opportunity to use Spanish and experience culture in South America. In 1999 I applied to Awana’s Missionary In Training Program. I was accepted and went with them to Dominica in 2000.
From 2000-2003 I was able to serve as a Floorleader (similar to an R.A.) at Pensacola Christian College. I continued serving in Awana through college. In the summer of 2001 I was blessed to be able to intern with our children’s pastor at Antioch Bible Baptist Church. During the summer of 2002 and 2003 God provided for me to live in Cusco, Perú, assisting the Tuttles with their ministry, while practicing Spanish and learning the culture. It was in Perú where God confirmed “This is the place.” With this leading, I began actively seeking career missions in Perú. Upon graduating I sought counsel from my pastor and parents about what to do next. I was asked to teach Kindergarten at Pensacola Christian Academy in 2003. I taught kindergarten for 3 years, finishing my master’s degree in the two summers in between. I was appointed as a career missionary with Baptist Mid-Missions on July 27, 2006. My home Church, Antioch Bible Baptist Church commissioned me as one of their missionaries on August 20, 2006.
I am now a member of the Cusco Area of Baptist Mid-Missions in Urubamba, Perú. I work most directly with: Pat and Wendy Campbell and Samuel and Beth Rojas. I am busily involved in the following ministries: church planting assistant at New Life Baptist Church in Urubamba (Directing AWANA Club (OANSA), Coordinating the seminary students serving in our church, Overseer of the seminary guest house/guest services; Hosting interns (ESL and others); Counselor/advisor for single female seminary students, Class Sponsor; Medical Campaigns, Samaritan’s Purse Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes and a little bit of everything else. I am slowly picking up more and more Quechua, looking toward future ministry in wherever God might lead.