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About MeI am a Roberts Wesleyan International Business graduate since May 2020. I am a missionary in Dondo, Mozambique, Africa and currently stateside waiting on my work visa. Dondo is located in the Province of Sofala and is situated on the National Road number 6 that runs from the Port in Beira Mozambique on the East Indian Ocean through the country into neighboring Zimbabwe. I work with base administration; payroll, bookkeeping, social media management, photography/videography, and worship leading. Our base works with special needs adults, widows, children, and is a discipleship, worship, and training center for planted churches in Mozambique.Pre-school: Knowledge is power, and you have to start somewhere! Our center provides pre-schooling for 4 and 5-year-olds, reserved for the most vulnerable in our local community. We have wonderful Mozambican teachers, helpers, and a cook who prepares breakfast for the children every morning. The staff not only instructs the students during school hours, but also visits those who have missed subsequent days to make sure they are in good health, all their needs are met, and encourage them to return to school. The teachers have invested their own time and resources to help the children with all of their needs.Mercy Ministries: We are privileged to serve ~110 widowed and disabled men and women who are a part of our distribution program. There is a monthly distribution of money and living essentials, with special gifts (like grass mats and blankets) thrown in throughout the year. Each year we provide school uniforms for the orphans who live with these men and women. Help is also given to fix houses or rebuild roofs when needed—the heavy rains melt their houses of mud and sticks, so they never last long. We visit and pray for those who are sick, take them to the hospital when needed, and cover costs for medicine along with providing spiritual food in the way of preaching and teaching.

My callingI have been called as a missionary for as long as I can remember.

Throughout college, I went on three short-term missions trips to Huehuetenago, Guatemala. Partnered with Story International, we worked with children and vulnerable youth through showing God’s love and teaching tangible skillsets.

In May and June of 2018, I lived in Huehuetenango, Guatemala, for 3 months as a management intern of a coffee shop, Fuego. The goal was to employ young adults aging out of an orphanage who needed to establish independence. I also volunteered at a hospital shelter and with kiddos in daycare while on the ground.

Harvest School 30

During the summer of 2019, I participated in Harvest School by Iris Global Theological College. This school taught me about God, seeing in the Spirit, the bible, worship leading, missions strategies, and cultures. I went to Scotland, Spain, Poland, Israel, Madagascar, South Africa, and Mozambique. During this time the Lord stretched me and confirmed a true call and passion for mission work in my life. It was difficult but it was worth every moment and a true opportunity to discover if this was really it.

I have dreamed of being a Mozambican missionary since I was 13 years old.
Even as a young teenager on fire for the Lord, I felt called to the country of Mozambique. I partnered with Spark of Joy ministries and conducted 30 hour fasts to learn about life there, culture, and to raise money for the ministries on the ground. When the missionaries would speak of their experiences I felt a desire and dream awaken in my very soul- I knew that was what I wanted to do and the country I wanted to do it in.

Mozambique is in southern Africa. Surrounded by neighboring countries South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia, and Tanzania this beautiful country is right off of the coast of the East Indian Ocean. Dondo Mozambique is located 45 minutes outside of the city of Beira which is also near the coast. Mozambique is considered to be one of the poorest nations in the world. Iris Global has been on the ground in Mozambique now for decades and has multiple bases throughout the country.

Tete, Mozambique

During my outreach trip of Harvest School 2019, I was on the ground in Tete, Mozambique. Working with this base truly helped me realize the call on my life and my love for the culture and nation. I was only there for two short weeks, but during that time the Lord showed me that I would be returning one day to lead worship and the lost to Christ. That I would have the honor and privilege to partner alongside those on the ground to continue the work that they have begun.

Stateside During the COVID-19 Pandemic

 

COVID-19 hit during my last semester in college and I completed my capstone and degree remotely during lockdown.

Graduated College May 2020

Shortly thereafter I was hired as a supervisor for the New York State Department of Health and COVID-19 Contact Tracing Initiative.

Team Supervisor

Part-time, I worked as a community habilitation worker and life coach for kiddos and young adults with disabilities.

Life Coach

My contract with the DOH went longer than expected. We went from an end date of May 31st 2021, to August of 2021, to December 31st 2021, and my final extension was until March 31st 2022. I was let go 5 weeks early at the end of the month of February 2022. At the beginning of February, I saw a posting from Iris Global Alumni about an open position for a base admin in Dondo, Mozambique. While I didn’t think this was the city I was going to go to, I applied. I received the acceptance email on a Tuesday morning, the contract Wednesday morning, was laid off early from the DOH on that Thursday evening, and the following Monday began a life coaching commitment that would take me through my projected takeoff date.

God’s timing could not have been any clearer.

So I gave god my yes.

After much time, prayer, and consultation with my spiritual covering, we have confirmed that this is God’s next step for my life. Right now, my work visa is in the works and I am preparing for the upcoming move. Learning Portuguese, selling most of my possessions, and finishing out my remaining job commitments with excellence, currently being hospice care and life coaching. I am so excited for this next step and want to thank you for even reading this far. The Lord has taken me on a beautiful journey and I am grateful for this upcoming opportunity. Thank you for partnering with me on this journey and I will be sure to keep you updated on what the Lord has in store. Blessings beyond measure, my friends.

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