Creating communities of faith among international students on college campuses and in the community through friendship and hospitality.
I first felt called to international collegiate ministry work after befriending many international students in my own undergraduate experience. I thought I would end up heading overseas as a missionary, but God has shown me the amazing opportunity to serve people from every nation right here in St. Louis where I grew up. The ministry opportunity with Friends of Internationals was shared with me by a college friend after she served as an interned with them for a semester. It’s been 10 years now that I’ve been serving on the Washington University Campus.
Working with so many different cultures constantly challenges my brain! Haha. But I love it. It is fascinating to have my own thoughts expanded to such degrees, figuring how to understand my faith broadly enough to make it relevant to all peoples, but distinct enough that it keeps its pizazz (aka biblical relevancy) ;). I also love the people I meet, and seeing their lives change.
Well, since I love cultures, you can rest assured that I love traveling! and food from all over the world! I love cooking, collecting healthy dishes and varied cultural food philosophies. My graduate studies are in the field of counseling and education, so I quite enjoy reading, discussing and thinking in these areas from a global sort of perspective. I enjoy relaxing to some nice violin, cello, or flute nature music, yes, and soccer, yoga, Piyo (idk, a new edgy yoga workout), Thai massage, & hot springs, the latter two unfortunately not very accessible around these parts, but they create something to look forward to. I love spending time with my close friends & family.
I hope to utilize my counseling skills to develop some creative ways to bring more holistic ministry care to internationals!
Connection can happen through ministry luncheons, cultural exchange events, international wives groups, Bible studies, social gatherings and events, etc. I enjoy mentoring volunteers by building their CQ (cultural intelligence) skills and helping them discover how they can best serve the international community through the unique ways God has created them.