|I moved to Madison, Wisconsin from Cedar Rapids, IA in the fall of 2011 for my DTS, and since then, knew I wanted to do missions for the rest of my life.
I started babysitting at the age of 12 and always enjoyed it. As I grew up I also did lots of nannying. My family always saw me as a teacher and knew I was gifted with children. I can say I definitely feel called to the spheres of family and education.
I feel strongly that as we reach and educate the children, they will become the next teachers, government leaders, doctors, etc and be the ones to change our nation and really grow the Kingdom of God.
Mark 10: 13-16 “And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.” And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.”
My focus in missions is not only children at risk, but specifically children at risk in South East Asia. In my DTS in 2011/2012 I thought I would be going to Africa for my outreach, but right before we were supposed to leave, everything was falling through and I knew in my heart all along, something about the children in South East Asia was drawing my attention. When I made the decision to switch to this team, I had a rush of emotions I hadn’t had when on the Africa team and the second I arrived in South East Asia, I had this strong sense of home. I knew I would be investing in this place for the rest of my life.