From: Wheelersburg, OH
Arrived in the Dominican: January 21, 2019
Current Financial Support Level: 90%
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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, attended church every Sunday, and camp every summer. Camp has played a huge role in my life as it is the ministry the Lord has used time and time again to open my eyes to His truths, challenge my thinking, and draw me closer to Him.
It was the summer of 1998 at camp that I came to the realization it was not just about knowing who God was, but about a personal relationship with Him. The pastor talked about having a personal relationship with Christ and how we can know for certain that we are going to be with Him in heaven (John 6:47). Looking back on my own life, I did not have a specific recollection of making such a decision. Even though I knew many of the elements of the Bible, went to church, and prayed, I finally understood that was not enough. It was about deciding to make a personal decision to trust and believe in Christ, that He is the Son of God, that He died for me, and that He is the only way to heaven (John 14:6). The Lord gave me a heavy heart that night, so I talked with my counselor and accepted Christ as my personal Savior.
It was also at camp where the Lord opened my heart to be willing to serve Him wherever that may be, even if that meant overseas someday. As camp was always a place of fun, adventure, learning, growing, and belonging for me, I wanted to be a part of that experience for others. In my college years I was able to do just that by joining the team of the ministry that so powerfully influenced me growing up. Ever since that first summer in 2006 serving at camp, the Lord has continued to open doors for me to be involved with and serve in the ministry of camp.
While on full time staff, at a place I loved, in a job I loved, with people I loved, God presented and opened a new opportunity and avenue to serve Him. As I prayed and evaluated if this was indeed the direction the Lord was leading, the Lord challenged me to trust Him and continue to move forward, making it more and more evident that Freedom is the direction He has for me.
I am thrilled to be part of the Freedom team! By God’s grace, I look forward to the opportunity to be a part of life change in a new place that needs Him!