From: Anderson, IN
Arrived in the Dominican: June 27, 2017; Served as short-term missionary 2015-2017
Current Financial Support Level: 85%
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Freedom International Ministries, Inc.
2905 E 46th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46205
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I grew up in a Christian home. My parents are pastors, as well as my grandparents. I was in church basically everyday. Because of my Christian heritage and involvement in the church, I thought that I was a Christian and that I was automatically going to go to heaven. When I was twelve years old, I was told that I had to accept Jesus as my personal Savior in order to be a Christian and have eternal life. So that night I prayed to accept Christ. From there, I lived my life thinking that prayer was the only thing I had to do. I graduated from high school in 2006 and moved away for college. During my freshman year, I started going to parties and skipping out on church. I got to the point where I completely stopped going to church, and I gave up on my relationship with God. I lived my life that way for many years. I got to a point when I hit rock bottom - I was completely lost and alone. I changed my major many times in college, and I was unsure of what I was going to do with my life. It was in that moment that I started pleading to God. I asked for forgiveness, for direction, for any sign that would show me where to go or what to do. Then an opportunity came for me to move to Anderson, Indiana, and work as a legal assistant. I started attending Anderson First Church of the Nazarene. After getting involved in some of the ministries there, I began to learn that being a Christian was so much more than just accepting Jesus as my Savior. It was about relationship. During that time I started my sweet relationship with the Lord. I was hungry to learn about His Word. This changed my life completely. In 2012, I went on my first missions trip to Jordan and Israel. We helped build a third floor of a school, and we were able to do crafts with the students. It was a great experience for me. I rededicated my life to the Lord, and I was baptized in the Jordan River. A couple months later, the Lord opened the door for me to be an intern at Freedom. At the end of that month-long internship, I did not want to go home. I felt like I had left my heart there. During the next year, I worked to be able to go back to Freedom, but as a year-long intern. During that process I learned that God is faithful - that He provides every need. I returned June 2014, and I've been here since. I feel like the Lord has called me here, even though I may not know all the reasons why. I believe that He has a purpose for my life and for the lives of the children that we are ministering to. My prayer is that during the time God has me here that I will stand on His truths for my life. I want to continue living my life for the glory of the Lord.