From: Kimmell, IN
Arrived in the Dominican: September 15, 2014
Current Financial Support Level: 70%
I was blessed to be born into a family with parents who love the Lord and who made it clear to me at a young age that I was a sinner, and that I was in need of a Savior. I accepted Christ at the age of four, praying with my mother in our living room. As I grew, Satan gained footholds in my life, and I struggled with years of confusion and doubt, distrusting my memory and the motives of my 4-year-old self. The summer before 7th grade, I attended a Christian summer camp where God pricked my heart, and I rededicated my life to the Lord. I was baptized my junior year of high school. As a student at Cedarville University, I attended a chapel service where God transformed the way I thought about foreign missions. I had often wondered about my willingness to go to the mission field if God should call me. I struggled because I wondered, “Is God calling me? How will I know?” In one blinding moment, God said to me, “It doesn’t matter if you know. You need to be willing to go whether I call you or not.” How freeing to realize that I didn’t have to know the future, but how humbling to realize that I wasn’t willing. I began to pray that God would change my heart and make me willing. He has been faithful to do so and has led me though a number of experiences that have fit me for the work He has me in today. As a part of my student teaching internship, I was privileged to take part in an overseas internship program which allowed me to teach in a private school in the Dominican Republic. After completing half my student teaching there, I received permission from Cedarville to spend a week with Freedom before returning to the States to complete my student teaching. As I approached graduation, God provided the funds for a year-long Freedom internship, unrequested! He allowed me to return for a second year before ultimately leading me to commit to long-term service with Freedom. Praise Him for His faithfulness and provision along each step of life’s journey!