Growing up as a missionary kid instilled in me a heart for the broken and the lost, but it wasn’t until my sophomore year of college that I decided to give my whole life to follow Jesus.

Throughout my childhood years, I felt dragged around the world by my parents. I knew what they were doing was good, but after moving almost every year and experiencing too many cultures and too many languages and needing to be adaptable, I decided that when I went to college I would do what I wanted and pursue “the American dream.” Two years in, I was unsatisfied, unfulfilled, and extremely broken. I turned to the Lord, and felt redemption and rest. His steadfast love and faithfulness had continued to pursue my wayward heart. I began to cultivate a relationship with Him, dove into Scripture, and was discipled with other missionary kids.

I realized that as believers we are called to be sojourners, willing to trust God and “go to the land I will show you” (Genesis 12:1). For the first time, I felt the blessings of the life that the Lord had given me. I saw the faithfulness of my parents and the other missionaries that had been surrounding me while living abroad. They were willing to go to those lands that had never been reached with the good news of the Gospel, no Christian or church within their reach for hundreds of miles.

When Jesus was on earth His last words were, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” As followers of Jesus, we are called to be sojourners! And at that moment of realization, I wasn’t just the identity that had been given to me as a missionary kid, but I rather chose to be a sojourner. I chose to be a missionary. I chose to go to the land that God would show me, I would follow His presence.

This soon led me across the globe where I served for six months. During this time, I met a few pastors and staff members from Resonate Church, one being my now husband, Eric. They were on a vision trip, choosing a city to send long term and short term workers. I saw the passion and fervor in their eyes and in their speech as they told me all that the Lord was doing among university students in the Northwest. And I knew I wanted to be a part of the work God was doing in and through their church. I would follow His presence to the unknown state of Washington!

I recently moved to Pullman and am now on staff as the Missions Mobilizer. I get to send students to our chosen city, and also reach out to international students on campus at Washington State University. I am so blessed to work for a church that multiplies and sends, pushing our students to live the life of a sojourner and to follow the Lord to the ends of the earth.

“For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name.”
‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭13:14-15‬

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