I grew up in a Christian home where my parents taught me to love the Word of God. I accepted the Lord into my heart as a young girl. There were several events that followed that impacted my life deeply and strengthened my conviction that Jesus was the Lord and Master of my life.
For example, as a freshman in high school I went on a mission trip with the high school youth group to Mexicali Mexico through Azusa Pacific. It was amazing to see thousands of teenagers lifting their arms up to God in worship, and I thought I want that kind of passion, that kind of desire for the Lord.
Then I moved to a small town called Galt the summer before my sophomore year in high school. The move was difficult for me, but now as I look back, I see that every bit was part of the Lord’s perfect plan for me. My family and I got plugged into an awesome dynamic church called Horizon Community. There I grew and learned as I served in the body of Christ through helping out with Jr. High and Sr. High School ministries.
Every summer I went with my home church to Ensenada, Mexico to work with Real Life Ministries building houses and doing Vacation Bible Schools with the kids. This is where the Lord began to move my heart towards missions. I fell in love with the people of Mexico.
Throughout all of these years I was playing soccer. Since I started playing when I was five years old, I loved it! Then the summer before my senior year of high school I went on a missions trip to use the tool of soccer to further the kingdom in Holland. I went with girls and boys from all over the U.S. through Missionary Athletes International. On this mission the trip leader talked to us halfway through the 3 weeks and challenged us to leave this trip with no regrets. Our ministry was based on relationship evangelism with the players of the teams we played against after the games. This really hit me hard, and I wanted to live this out my senior year of high school as I knew I wouldn’t be seeing many of my friends again. I wanted to leave my hometown with “No Regrets”. That year I saw the Lord work!! Three of my friends, including my best friend, came to know the Lord through lots of prayer and witnessing.
Next, I was off to The Master’s College!! My dream since I was a little girl was to attend a Christian college and play soccer and that is what the Lord provided! At The Master’s College I majored in Bible with a double emphasis in Biblical Counseling and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Through trials and joys I grew and grew in those four years. I learned tons from my sisters in Christ on my college team and from the girls I lived with in the dorms. I met godly women in whom I could see Jesus as I watched their lives.
I graduated from TMC in May 2005 and finished up my teaching hours for my degree on a missions trip with my college to China to teach English at the University level. That month serving in a closed country left me impacted for life. Through a Christmas party that another teacher and I hosted in our apartment we were able to share about the birth of Christ with our students who had never heard it before. It was my first time to share with someone who had never heard the gospel before.
From China I headed straight into Mexico to start a one year Bilingual Teacher Credentialing Program. I lived, studied, and taught in Queretaro, Mexico for six months. The words that I sang in my heart every day for those six months sum up my experience there and those would be, “How Great is Our God”. My faith in my Lord grew tremendously there as I saw Him do the impossible over and over again. For as the angel told Mary, in Luke 1:37, “For nothing is impossible WITH God”.
I finished up the last six months of the program in San Diego where the Lord opened up doors to minister in Tijuana. So, as I begin this new journey as a missionary in Tijuana, I am filled with excitement, nervousness, joy, and yet a peace. The words of a great woman missionary, Elizabeth Elliot, sum up this peace, “Obedience to God was the reason for this journey, it was the thing I was made for and I was full of gladness.” I know this is where the Lord has called me for this time. The desires of my heart is to serve a lifetime in missions, but I strive to hold these desires in a open hand and just to be faithful, available, and teachable to my Molder and Maker.
My Life Quotes:
“Obedience to God was the reason for this journey, it was the thing I was made for and I was full of gladness.” -- Elizabeth Elliot
“Only one life, Twill soon be past, Only what’s done For Christ will last.” - John Piper
“I have but one candle of life to burn and would rather burn it out where people are dying in darkness than in a land which is flooded with light.” - Dallas Washer (ABWE missionary in Africa)
Some of my Life Verses:
“We live by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7
“Very early in the morning while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed.” – Mark 1:35
“Neither before nor after Josiah was there a king like him who turned to the Lord as he did – with all his heart and with all his soul and with all his strength in accordance with all the Law of Moses.” – II Kings 23:25
“Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble.” – Psalm 119:165
“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” – Psalm 127:1