I have had various interests, including writing, making art, and traveling the world as a missionary. I had written my first fantasy trilogy by the time I turned 19 and have since published 5+ books. To go along with my literary interests, I am an artist and an illustrator. I've illustrated my own childrens' books and done fine art for years. I graduated with an AA in Fine Art from Santa Rosa Junior College and am hoping to go on to get my Bachelor's degree in Illustration.
I love God with all my heart and my greatest aspiration is to have His light shine through my life. I did a DTS (Discipleship Training School) through YWAM Kona in 2012 and then went on to staff on base after that. I love YWAM and have a huge heart for the nations, so I'm not sure what's next in that field. Colossians 3:1-4 <3 Psalm 27 <3
As a missionary, I've relied greatly on the generous support I have been entrusted with. Even when I am not currently on a trip, I know that missions is the call on my life and I am always saving up for my next opportunity to go out and share the love of Christ. I receive one time donations as well as monthly gifts. Please pray about joining my monthly team; even as little as $20 a month helps! If you feel led to sow into that now or in the future, here's how:
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I haven't communicated as publicly since I completed the Discipleship Bible School program in 2015. I have been at home in northern California working and going to college. I will graduate as a triple-major with highest honors from SRJC in 2017, if everything goes to plan. From there, I'm either going to transfer directly or take a gap year to work before going on for my Bachelors. I'm leaving that in God's hands for now.
Being a missionary was a very important part of my life in past years and I still have a passion for it. I don't know when I will get to return, either in a long or short term capacity, but I leave that in God's hands. For now, my mission field is California and my community is on a college campus. It's not where I would have predicted myself spending so much time, but it would seem that God had other plans. All I can do is live a life full of His grace and love as I figure out what exactly I'm doing.
"You only get one day's worth of grace, why not spend it extravagantly?" (Crossroads, pg 272)