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I am currently majoring in Biology, with an Education and Chemistry minor at Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, TN. I have one year left in my undergraduate studies and then hope to pursue Physician Assistant school (unless God has another plan for my life). Ultimately, no matter what career I end up doing, I want to spend my time investing in others and building relationships so that others can experience Christ's love like I have been able to.
While I have a basic plan regarding what I want to do in life long term, I am not in a rush to settle into my career path. I would like to devote some of my time now to learning more about myself, as well as the world and people around me. Because of this, I have decided to take advantage of the opportunity that God has presented me with—to travel to Kenya this coming school year and serve as the Learning Support Assistant in the upper school of Maxwell Adventist Academy.
Ever since my older brother served as a student missionary in Pohnpei for a year, I have been interested in doing the same. Everyone I have met who has gone as a student missionary, even despite the hardships of living and working in a foreign place for an entire year, has learned more about themselves and gained a new, clearer perspective on life. I have really questioned if this is what God is calling me to do next year, but I have realized that God has already given each one of us the call to go and serve (see Matthew 28:19-20). For some, it may mean staying in the states and serving in their local community. While for others, it may mean spending their entire lives witnessing overseas, but there is no doubt in my mind that we have all been called to serve. Knowing this, my question has become, "Is there a better reason for why I should stay?" I believe God has given me a resounding, "No!" to this question by opening every door needed to make this journey possible. So in summary, I am going because I want to travel; I am going because I want an unforgettable experience; I am going because I want to learn more about myself and life; but ultimately I am going because God has called me to go.
I have agreed to raise $3,300 for Southern's Student Missions program. Every student missionary agrees to raise a certain amount in order to cover airfare, visas, insurance, training, and other necessities for living and working abroad. While the financial aspect is a big part of going, there is also the emotional aspect of leaving home for a year. Realistically speaking, there will be many ups and downs of living and working in a new place, and that is something money cannot cover.
While I have agreed to be responsible for both the financial and emotional aspects of serving as a student missionary, it's not something I want to do on my own. I have created this page to not only inform you of my plans, but also to ask you for your love, support, and monetary donations. Whether it is prayer or money, having your support throughout this adventure will make it that much more successful.
Thank you for investing time in me and our relationship by reading this page to learn about my exciting plans for this coming school year! If you have any further questions, please feel free to personally message me. I greatly appreciate all of the love and support as I make my way through the ultimate journey called life.
And Just In Case You Have Any Questions About Giving...
Southern Adventist University's Giving Policy
*All gifts are tax deductible and nonrefundable.
Southern Adventist University accepts contributions, whether by gift, device, or bequest, consistent with its general tax-exempt purposes. These contributions may be given directly to any official university organization or activity. However, they may not be directed for any individual employee or student use. Contributions made for an intended purpose, such as a mission or service trip, will be used as specified. However, all contributions shall become the sole property of Southern Adventist University and are non-refundable under all circumstances. As such, the university reserves the right, in the event that the intended purpose is delayed or cancelled, to use the contributions as it may deem best in its sole and complete discretion so as to ensure that the funds will be used consistent with the tax-exempt purposes of the university.