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Hello Readers! Welcome to my Blog! I am so excited to begin this incredible journey and I am so happy that you can be experiencing it along with me.

Growing up I always had a healthy respect for missionaries and the work they did in other countries spreading the Good News. My aunt and uncle were long term missionaries and the church I grew up in supported many couples and organizations who served overseas. Although I had a good understanding and respect for those who worked as missionaries, I never pictured myself in this line of work. It wasn’t until I was a junior in college that it was even on my radar. In December of 2015, I went to a mission’s conference in St. Louis, Missouri called Urbana. It was there that the Lord put serving globally on my heart.

At Urbana, I connected with an organization called Mexican Medical Ministries, and I was so excited about the idea of using nursing skills I had learned in school to evangelize and spread the love of Christ. The following summer, I went with a small team to Palenque, Mexico to bring medical and dental aid to communities in the Palenque area. This trip completely changed me. It was incredible to see how God used medical needs to open spiritual doors. The hardest part of the trip was only being able to stay in each village for one day and being limited to the number of people we could see and care for. It was there that God was speaking to me and telling me I needed to serve on a longer term basis. After I returned home, I began talking to my GoCorps Coach, who I had connected with after Urbana, about serving for 2 years after I graduated college.

When the 2017 placements became available, I began searching the Medical track for all the opportunities available to me. Two that really stood out to me was a position in Berlin helping women who had been in the sex trade and were now staying in a shelter, and a position in Peru as a Community Health Evangelist.

After a lot of prayer, I felt God calling me to Peru and I began the application process. I was accepted for the position in May of this year and since then it has been a whirlwind of paperwork, prayer, and trusting in Jesus that is where I am supposed to be and where I am supposed to be going.

I am so so so excited to begin the support raising process and preparing myself for my two years in Peru. I know God is going to be testing my faith in the coming weeks and prayers for trust, strength, and endurance would be greatly appreciated!

Stay tuned for more amazing God stories and things as my adventure continues!

Love you all!

Ellie ;)