Our long-term missionary team started training, and we want to give you the opportunity to virtually meet each of the six adults moving to Nasir, South Sudan later this year. This is the third installment in our series intended to introduce you to new members of the Every Village family!
When did you first learn about South Sudan?
As the Lord was stirring us to more missional living, we stumbled upon a class at Houston's First Baptist Church led by Peter Swann called the "Big Time." When he first said Sudan, I had no clue where to find it on a map.
How did you know God was calling you to live in South Sudan?
My husband felt the Lord calling us initially. When he shared this with me, I wasn't exactly sweet and loving. I did tell him I would pray about, and within 24 hours the Lord confirmed this call. He had me on my knees in tears as he told me this was "His story," not mine.
When was your first trip abroad? Where did you go?
I hope this doesn't disqualify me, but I've never been abroad. My first trip to Nasir, South Sudan is this week! I have been blessed to be immersed in many different cultures here in the states.
What excites you most about being in South Sudan?
The Lord has given me a promise for South Sudan--joy-filled children overflowing in the churches there. I can see the promise so vividly and, although there's no promise I'll get to see it for myself, I'm anxiously praying for it and am so thankful I have the confirmation that this is where I'm supposed to be for the next two years!
What has God been teaching you recently?
Can I have a few hours of your time? If I had to limit it to a few sentences, I would say God calls us all to be "missionaries." Yes, I get the privilege of doing it full time, but we're all called to be missionaries. Whether it's at work or at home with your kids, you have a mission field and it's not any less important than mine. My prayer is that all of us live intentional lives, asking ourselves daily, "Who are we discipling?"
Biggest thing you'll miss when you're in South Sudan?
Of course my friends and family, but absolutely the amazing restaurants here. Ask me again when I've been there 6 months because it might change to something really boring like electricity!
Have any special talents? What are they?
I have a knack for losing things. I'm a pretty good cook, and I love to sing and worship the Lord!
Favorite thing to do when you're not fundraising or training for life in South Sudan?
If I didn't have a deadline for something, I would just play with my kids. I don't get to do that enough. I love the outdoors--camping, hiking, kayaking, etc.
What's one fun thing you have to do before you move to South Sudan?
I would love to take a family trip to Sea World or another similar amusement park.
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