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.
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I am now a member of the Cusco Area of Baptist Mid-Missions in Urubamba, Perú. I work with the following missionaries: Pat and Wendy Campbell, Ken and Sharon Loveall, Bruce and Debbi Maddux, Samuel and Beth Rojas, and Tim and Barb Whatley. I am busily involved in the following ministries: church planting assistant at New Life Baptist Church in Urubamaba (Children’s Choir, Directing Awana Clubs (see Oansa), Coordinating the seminary students serving in our church, overseer of the seminary guest house/guest services; Counselor/advisor for single female seminary students, and Junior Class; 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.
I continue to work toward learning more Quechua. There is much need among our Quechua students that are right here at the seminary. Also, most of our travels take us into Quechua Communities. Summer Camps bring pastors wives who only speak Quechua as well. I want to be able to minister clearly to my sisters in Christ and those who are not part of the family yet.