I was raised in a little country church in North Carolina. My parents trained me and my sister to be “good Christians,” but it wasn’t until my freshman year of high school that I accepted Jesus as my Savior. From that point in time, my growth as a Christian blossomed; I grew close to God, and I earnestly sought His will for my life. After my senior year of high school, I surrendered to preach the Gospel as well as attend Bible college during a three week trip to The Wilds. I stepped out by faith, having no idea what God had in store for me two thousand miles away from home. Throughout four years of college, God tested me, tried me, and pushed me to be a tool that He could use. He showed me that He wanted me to be a missionary to Paris, France. God has confirmed time and again that He is willing to use me to proclaim the Gospel, and I am excited to see what is in store as my family and I serve Him.
I was blessed to grow up in a missionary home. My parents and I moved to Tanzania, East Africa when I was just a year old. At the age of four, I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior, and when I was nine years old, I surrendered my life to whatever God would have me do. However, even though I was “surrendered,” I was resistant to the idea of being a missionary; all I thought I wanted was a “normal” life in the United States. This lasted for several years, but when I was fourteen, during a missions conference, God knocked on the door of my heart and asked for complete surrender, including foreign missions. After arguing with Him through the entire service, I finally did surrender, and by God’s grace, I have never regretted my decision. Now, after years of waiting and training, I am so excited to become a part of what the Lord wants our family to accomplish in reaching Paris for His name!
We met during our freshman year of college and began dating soon after that. As we dated, our hearts were knit together through our mutual love for the Lord and desire to serve Him on the mission field. It became apparent to us and our families that God wanted us to spend the rest of our lives together and follow His leading, wherever that would take us. We got engaged in December of 2016 and got married August 4, 2017. After we were married, we returned to Lancaster to finish our final year of college. The next several months were a whirlwind of milestones as we both graduated and then welcomed our son, Phillip, into the world only three days after graduation. We are both so grateful for all that God has already done in bringing our family to this point in our journey, and we know that there is still more to come in the future.