Looking back on the events of my life, I can see how God helped me evolve into the person I am; one who is ready to be used in the most effective way possible to improve the condition of life to those around me. My dear friend Casondra and I bonded over our mutual frustration of how mission work has historically been conducted, as well as our shared love of culture. My background is in anthropology and philosophy and I have an intense passion for knowledge of other cultures and how that knowledge and understanding can be applied to the furthering the global church. When she asked me to be on the Board of Directors for Redeem With God, I was flattered and knew immediately God had paired us together for a true and good purpose.
After learning more about the girls we will be working with, I felt to my core that this was one thing my academic, life, and Christian background had been preparing me for. I am blessed to come from a wonderful, supportive, loving, caring, whole Christian family. My heart breaks for these girls when I think of how they don't know the endless love and support that has been my every day. After 24 years of life and learning, I have matured through the hands of God to the position to be able to fill these girls life with the love I have known from birth: the love of a caring Redeemer who will take away your every pain and rejoice in you, as He created you, each and every minute of the day. Crucial to this relation of ultimate love is an understanding of the world these girls have grown up in.
My call and place with Redeem With God is understand their culture and see the ways in which we, as a group, can most effectively reach these girls past the initial bonding experience. I feel that God has given me a gift in being able to pick out the threads of cultures and sub-cultures, a gift I know will be key to this mission trip. As I stated previously, my call to Kenya with Redeem With God is as a Christian and as a student of the girls. I know God will use me as He see's fit, and I am beyond joyful and excited to be with these girls and learn of their struggles.