I have been tremendously blessed to grow up in a Christian home where both my parents put God first in their lives. Through my parents and my extended family I have been surrounded by positive examples of what it means to live a life with the purpose of glorifying God.
When I was five years old while sitting in the living room with my dad and younger sister I accepted Jesus Christ into my heart. At this point in my life I understood that I needed Jesus Christ to enter into Heaven, but my understanding of what it meant to have a relationship with Him was very limited.
As I grew up I was involved in my church and tried to live a good Christian life, but I did not understand what it meant to really depend on God. When I was a freshman in high school my Aunt Alana, who I was very close with, died from a brain tumor. This was the first time in my life that I faced something that I could not handle on my own.
At this time God began to teach me that He wanted a relationship with me and wanted me to depend solely on Him. That summer I went on my first mission trip with SCORE International. I went to the Dominican Republic on a basketball team and God began working on my heart. I fell in love with the people, the country, and the work that SCORE was doing. I traveled with SCORE to the DR and Costa Rica for the next seven summers.
Throughout this time God called me to full time missions work SCORE International. My college years were also a great time of growth in my walk with God. I attended Grace College and through friends, professors, and staff members at the school my relationship with God and faith in Him was challenged and stretched. God has continued to mold me into the woman He desires me to be, and I am excited about the ways He will continue to do so until I go Home.