Even thought you live 5000+ miles away, you can be involved in ministry outreach and serving in Spain! Yes, you heard me right! You can be a member of our team and make a difference in the lives of people from Syria and Venezuela, from Algeria and Georgia and Spain, from Poland and Pakistan and Nigeria and Morocco and more. And you can do it all right there from your own community!
1. Share the News! Every time you get a newsletter or an email update from us, share it! You can share it on social media or share a story from the newsletter with a friend. You can take this paper copy and share it with your office, or read a portion of it aloud in your bible study or Sunday school class. You can use our blog posts and share with friends and family. There are great things happening in Spain, and everyone wants to hear good news! So share it!
2. Become a Fundraising Superhero… Fundraising doesn’t have to be a dark and scary word that brings images of expensive trinkets you don’t want, being sold by precious peanut butter covered neighbor children. It can be as simple as a Sunday school bake sale or a “Give it Up” campaign (challenge friends to “give up” their Starbucks for a week or eating out for a month, etc. and donate the cost to La Mesa or The Drum’s ministry in Spain). Google “easy fundraisers” for a million other simple ideas.
3. Turquoise is the New Black… This is actually a fundraising idea AND an informational outreach rolled in to one. How about setting up a table at your next church Wednesday night meal or on Sunday morning before church / Sunday school. Decorate everything in turquoise - tablecloth, napkins, etc. and wear turquoise clothes. Have turquoise iced cupcakes, cookies with turquoise chocolate chips or frosting, coffee or punch in turquoise cups… so many options! Don’t forget to have information about La Mesa Turquesa ministry available and be ready to share stories! Set up a donations jar and voila! You are now a Turquoise Superhero!
4. Prayer is Powerful… We believe in prayer! Please pray for La Mesa Turquesa and the ministry in Spain. Please pray for specific stories and specific events by name (you can read about them here in the newsletter or on our Facebook page). Please share La Mesa and our family during prayer requests in your bible study or small group or Sunday School. Print out a photo from La Mesa Turquesa (get one from our Facebook posts) and put it somewhere you will see it everyday… in the kitchen or in your car or on the bathroom mirror. Every time you see the photo, pray for the people who are touched by this ministry every day.
5. Hero of the Month… Join our Monthly Hero Club! Every month, normal every day people partner with us by giving financially to keep this ministry going. Some give $10, $25, $50 per month, and some give more. These folks are our heroes! You can give online at https://www.tms-global.org/give . Just follow the instructions. When you click the “recurring giving” option, you will join the Monthly Heroes! (Mail-in options are also available)
You can do it! We have faith in you! You can become a Superhero for Ministry in Spain!!!
It’s a normal Friday evening and the doors of La Mesa Turquesa community center are open. The room is full of people and of laughter. Tea is poured, coffee is brewing, and various cookies and sweet treats are on platters on the giant turquoise table that is the centerpiece of the room. The table is crowded tonight and every chair in the center is full.
There is a group of teens playing Uno at one end of the table. All are immigrants to Spain. One is from Poland, one from England, one from Brazil, and one from the USA (Sarah). Two of them are recent transplants within the last two months. Just a few weeks ago, they started a new school year in a new country - no friends and no Spanish, no one to sit with at recess, no one to make plans with on the weekend. Sarah invited them to hang out at La Mesa Turquesa and play games, meet other immigrants and community members, and just relax and have fun. Their language skills are slowly improving, and they are bonding to each other and to the center. Watching them laugh together as they play games is heartwarming. Building community and friendships… this is why we are here.
There are two women who join the teen’s Uno game. They sport full head-coverings (hijab), as is customary in their cultures. *Nahla only recently came to Spain and still speaks very little Spanish. Timid and embarrassed by her language skills, she would never respond to invitations to come to the center. That was until our friend *Amira went to here. Amira is from the same country as Nahla and speaks her native Arabic. Amira began bringing Nahla to La Mesa in September. Little by little, Nahla has begun to open up and relax and enjoy the community in the center. She regularly thanks us for having the center and for inviting her. Just yesterday, she threw her arms around me and gave me a huge hug and said, “Te Quiero” (I love you). This morning, she saw me on the street in town and ran to hug me. Feeling welcome and loved… this is why we are here.
At the other end of the table, a rousing game of cards is happening. I’m not sure what the name of the card game is. *Oumar is teaching everyone how to play a popular game from his native Burkina Faso – a war-torn country in western Africa. Also playing are *Shayla (Venezuela),*Ami (Ghana), and Billy. Lots of laughter happening at that end of the table as they try to understand Oumar and the rules of the game. Laughter… this is why we are here.
Sitting on a sofa off to the side is *Hassan (Syria). He comes in each day to practice Spanish and use the free internet the La Mesa provides. He makes himself at home when he arrives each day, going straight to the coffee and tea bar and making himself a warm drink and picking up a couple of soft cookies. He speaks some English, so we have conversations in both English and his new Spanish. Hassan is a survivor. His body bears witness to the unspeakable things that have happened to him over the past couple of years. Most of his family did not make it out alive. Today, he is glued to the news as he watches the unfolding events of more war and a Turkish invasion in his native homeland. He isn’t interested in games today. He just needs a place to be connected and a place that feels safe when his homeland is not. He needs comfort. This is why we are here.
There is a deeply intense game of chess happening at a small side table between Ryan and *Jack (England). Another side table is rolling dice and moving Parchisi pieces around the board and playfully arguing about which country’s game rules they are following, because each country seems to have different rules for the same game. Puerto Rico and Slovenia and Spain and Georgia are all battling it out for game board domination. Kat and I are playing with children and holding babies so their parents can enjoy a couple of hours of adult conversation and fun. The youngest in the room tonight are 6-month old twins, born here in Spain after their mother fled political unrest in her country to protect her unborn babies a year ago. Suddenly, a cake arrives, and everyone erupts in an impromptu singing of Happy Birthday for a young man from Brazil who is turning 19 today. A small birthday party spontaneously ensues, and everyone shares in cake and festivities. Several versions of birthday songs are sung in various languages.
As I look around the room and scan the faces, I reflect on their stories. Each one comes to the table with their own tales, their own difficulties and heartbreak and struggles. But tonight, for these few hours, they are safe and warm and with “family”. They are known and cared for and loved. They are ‘at home’ at La Mesa Turquesa. Home… that is why we are here!
Spoons and aprons and baking pans in hand, these kitchen superheroes are swooping in and doing their part to save the day and change the world!
St. Luke’s UMC (Bryan, Texas) held a bake sale to benefit La Mesa Turquesa community center on September 29th. Led by Kristin and Jeff Dungan, this group of baking wonders filled tables with goodies and shared the stories that happen around our turquoise table in Spain. In the end, they raised enough to cover expenses for one month of La Mesa Turquesa’s ministry! A giant thank you to all who mixed and rolled and stirred and baked (and ATE!)!!!
Coming soon… In Novemeber, the Kitchen Superheroes from the Faith and Deeds Sunday School class at Christ UMC will be holding a Benefit Potluck for La Mesa Turquesa! We look forward to seeing photos and hearing all about how these Super Chefs rise to the occasion and save the day, one spoon at a time!
Yesterday, a few folks from the church (our local church in Spain) came by La Mesa Turquesa community center to visit and see what it was all about. We shared in front of the church when we opened in April, and we frequently share about upcoming events during church announcements, share photos on Facebook, etc. We shared that we need donations and volunteers. But many people from the church still haven’t come by the center or volunteered or checked us out. So we were excited!
They were interested in all of the goings on and in what we do, who uses the center, and how it works. They know our work with the church and other initiatives in town, but the center is fairly new. Billy was sharing with them the fact that a local internet provider is donating internet to the center as a service. Mari* said, “That’s good. And the building is donated, too, so that’s great.”
“Umm, no, that’s not how it works”, Billy replied. “We pay rent on the space. We pay the rent, utilities, and taxes to keep the doors open. We pay for everything EXCEPT the internet.”
Mari and the others were surprised. Somehow, she had gotten it in her head that this was all free and that our team was just working in the free ministry space. Well, maybe that explains why we only have one local monthly donor helping with the center!
It’s not uncommon, really. We share about the work we do all the time. We share with folks here and with folks back in the States. We are always fighting to keep our finances in check and keep our expenses to a minimum. We ask for support and partners so that we can keep doing what we do. But people don’t always hear or see all of what is going on or how it happens. And they don’t really think about what it takes to keep all of the ministry initiatives going. Sure, it takes a team of cross-cultural mission workers to live here and run the center and to do the outreach, to teach and lead and share. But it takes more than that.
It takes a budget.
Just like your home and your business have to have income to function, mission workers and ministries are no different. Your church has an operating budget, too.
Our work requires a monthly budget of $10,500 to keep all the wheels running smoothly. It’s not much compared to your company budget or church budget back home. That covers the community center work that we do with refugees, immigrants, and the community. It covers the outreach events that we put on each week. It covers bible studies and neighboring initiatives and activities with youth from the school. It covers our presence in the field: housing, utilities, vehicle expenses, maintaining visas, legal fees and government fees in Spain. That budget also covers the work we do to care for workers who come to stay in the La Posada care apartment for debrief, care, and counseling. It covers our travel to train other workers, or when we respond to a crisis on another field and go in to assist. It covers a lot of things! We manage to stretch a small budget over a lot of ministry work and needs.
A friend recently told me, “I thought you got paid to do the missionary care work and to be the team leader and to lead the trainings that you do all the time.” She was surprised to hear that we do all of those things out of our budget… the budget that we have to raise each month.
During a conversation about stepping out in faith, a local friend in Spain said to us, “I thought the church (in Spain) pays you to work here and do things in the community.” He was shocked to find out that we work by faith and the donations of others and that we are not paid by the church.
We raise 100% of our monthly budget. 100%. If donations run short, we have to cut expenses. Just like in your home in the USA, when the paycheck runs out, you have to cut back. Groceries get tight and all non-essentials get shut down. If you have extra one month, you put it away in savings.
Lately, we have run short. A lot short. We’ve had several months of low account balances. Several reasons: People haven’t kept up with donations over the summer – vacations usually make a few people withhold their financial giving. Others have had to cut back or stop giving for various reasons. We had some big expenses when we opened La Mesa Turquesa community center (The Turquoise Table) – it takes cash upfront to put up deposits for rent and utilities and outfit a ministry space. We had some big expenses when we traveled to the USA to share in churches and see our donors and connect with more people who might support the work.
Bottom line, we’re running about $2000 short each month right now. That’s a big hit. Huge. There are only so many cuts you can make and still keep things going.
The gravity of the situation is this –
We want you to know the seriousness of the situation and we want to be transparent about what is going on. We are reaching out to any and all possible means of support at our disposal, both locally in Spain and in the USA. We are cutting back on expenses. We are working on a shoestring budget and trying to keep everything going. The last thing we want to do is cut our ministry and outreach initiatives!
How can you help?
If you are not a monthly donor, this would be a great time to start! Your monthly support of any amount is greatly needed. We have monthly donors who give $10/month. We have others who give $20 or $50 or $100 or even $300/month. It is all wonderful, no matter how much! Go to www.tms-global.org/give and click on the Give to a Missionary box. Type in our name (Drum) and acct #0321 and join us as a monthly partner.
If you are already a monthly partner, you are a superhero! Thank you for your faithful giving!
If you are a member of a class or group, could you share our work and ask your group to partner with us? Sunday School classes, office groups, clubs... anyone could decide to become partners with us and take us on as their special project! Go to www.tms-global.org/give and click on the Give to a Missionary box. Type in our name (Drum) and acct #0321 and join us!
If you have been a partner in the past and you dropped off or took a break, now’s your chance! Jump back in and join the team again! Go to www.tms-global.org/give and click on the Give to a Missionary box. Type in our name (Drum) and acct #0321 and join us again. Come back!
Don’t want to be a monthly partner? Would you consider covering a specific expense and helping us out?
For example, could you help cover our expenses for an upcoming required training in January? ($2300 for all three of us to attend) Or help to cover Sarah’s school books for this school year? ($200)
Maybe you would like to help by paying for a worker to stay in the La Posada care apartment and receive care and counseling for a week ($280) or by covering a month of the rent on the community center ($600)? Any amount you can give would help us cover the expenses incurred in doing the work we do. Go to www.tms-global.org/give and click on the Give to a Missionary box. Type in our name (Drum) and acct #0321 and give any amount to help with the expense of doing work and ministry overseas.
Thank you for your prayers, for your support, and for considering how you can help. We need partners who are superheroes - people who care about the work that is happening overseas and want to be a part of transforming neighborhoods and communities and people's lives around the globe.
Several folks asked about our boys and what everyone was up to nowadays. Getting to see everyone over this summer was so wonderful! So here is a little snapshot of what’s going on with our little family:
Ryan is now 31. He is teaching AP Chemistry in Bryan Collegiate High School (Bryan ISD). He and Sara Jane live in Bryan.
Miles is 28. He and Hattie are living in College Station and he is a manager for Panera in Montgomery, TX (he would really love to be closer to B/CS for work!).
Lily (granddaughter) is almost 2 years old. She looks just like her daddy (Miles) and she is super smart! Maybe to smart for all of us!!!
We got to visit with both moms for awhile.
Laurie's mom - Pat Goins - is now living in Colorado Springs and loves that she gets to skip the Texas heat! Billy's mom is living in Quitman, Texas (near Tyler). Billy's grandmother also came down to visit. At 93, she is still movin' and shakin' and chasing our Lily around the yard. It was great to have the opportunity to take a FIVE GENERATION photo while she was here! Memaw, Grams, Billy, Miles, and Lily! Pretty impressive!
We are honored by your faithfulness to partner with us in prayer for the things that we see happening in the world and for the ministry that we partner in with you. Thank you for laboring with us!
· Pray for our fall schedule. Four of the six adults on our team have been gone all summer and it is now time to get back in to our routines in Spain, back to ministry in La Mesa Turquesa, and back to some normalcy. Pray for our teammates who stayed in Spain all summer holding down the fort… may they be blessed with rest and a time of renewal as our team reunites.
· Pray for us as we have some changes in roles and responsibilities starting in September. Time to find new rhythms and new ways to do our work. Pray for us to find ways to have healthy rhythms of family and work, as well as physical and spiritual renewal and well-being.
· Pray for Sarah as she begins a new season in her schooling. She now enters in to a two year university prep phase, which requires a more strenuous study schedule. She is also gearing up in her equestrian training and competition, which will require more time working with her mount and her trainer.
· Praises for all the wonderful people who hosted us over these last two months! They opened their homes and gave us beds to sleep in, they put food on the table, and they shared life and fun times with us. Thank you for your hospitality!!! We appreciate the gift of “home” more than you could ever know! Irene, Margaret and Ray, Kristin and Jeff, Midge and Betty, Ernie and Marilyn, Donna and Michael, Jim and Ginny, Ron and Amanda, Lana and Jerome
World Refugee Day commemorates the obstacles refugees face each year, while also celebrating their courage and strength. Since 2001, the United Nations and more than 100 countries have observed World Refugee Day annually on June 20th.
Here are a few facts to help you better understand the current refugee crisis:
· There are currently 65.3 million forcibly displaced people around the world.
· More than 21 million of these people are refugees and 10 million are stateless.
· On average, 42,500 people per day flee their homes to seek protection .
· In the last year alone, there have been 13.9 million people newly displaced.
· More than 11 million Syrians are currently displaced. This amounts to 45% of the Syrian population.
· 86% of the world's refugees are hosted by developing countries.
· Refugees only account for a tiny percentage of overall immigration.
· Of the 20 million refugees worldwide, 51% are under the age of 18. This is the highest number of child refugees since World War II.
On June 20, and on every other day of the year, please join our team as we pray for and serve our refugee neighbors and friends. #loveyourneighbor
***Special challenge! Let's step it up this week!!!
Take A Step for World Refugee Day -
Join the #StepWithRefugees Global Challenge
Around the world, communities, schools, businesses, faith groups and people from all walks of life are taking big and small steps in solidarity with refugees. This World Refugee Day, we challenge everyone to join together and take a step with refugees.
You can take a step too. Join today and take part in the #StepWithRefugees Global Challenge. Get moving!
Join the #StepWithRefugees challenge and walk, run, dance, swim 1 km/mile or take any step with refugees. Don't know a refugee? That's okay... take a step anyway and do those km/miles with refugees in mind. Think of the work we are doing with refugees. Walk and Pray for refugees and for our community center - La Mesa Turquesa. Look up refugee issues on the web and get a country or specific issue in mind and walk with that. Just do it!!! Take a step.
Post a photo or video of yourself after you’ve completed the challenge and nominate three friends to take a step further! Let's light up Facebook and Instagram! Be sure to tag your post... #StepWithRefugees #drumsforchrist #lamesaturquesa #loveyourneighbor
We have a pretty exciting schedule this summer, and YOU are a part of it!
· June 14...Sarah graduates from ESO (secondary school). I can’t even. When did she grow up?
· June 23… Laurie flies to Central America to be a part of the TMS training team. Once a year, TMS holds a two-week international intensive to train new cross-cultural workers. This year, we will be training workers from several Latin American countries and the USA to go out and serve in countries all over the globe. Laurie will be teaching modules on culture, cross-cultural communications, and worldview.
· July 6… Billy and Sarah fly to the UK with the Coro San Sebastian de Antequera, a performance choir from our community that Billy has been singing with this year. They will be performing in Wales. In return, a choir from Wales will be visiting our area in Spain in the Fall in a cultural exchange. Billy will also be attending coursework at Redcliffe College in the UK during July.
· Mid-July… Sarah will fly to the USA and meet up with Laurie (flying in from Central America). We’ll be meeting up with Laurie’s mom in Colorado and helping her drive down to Texas for a visit.
· July 23… TEXAS!!! Billy will fly in to Austin and we’ll finally all be on Texas soil! We’ll be staying in the Bryan / College Station / Brazos valley area till the end of August and we would LOVE TO SEE YOU!!! Both of the boys are now living in B/CS and we aren’t going ANYWHERE! We’re going to hang out in the same town with our kids and granddaughter Lily as much as possible, and get to see friends in B/CS a lot!!!
***Special thanks to our Home Team folks who have opened up their homes and agreed to host us while we are in Texas. And to The Johnsons who are loaning us a vehicle while we’re Stateside.
July 24-August 31…
· We are available for visiting, meals, hanging out, Game Night, speaking at church or bible study or Sunday school, cookouts, lake time, the zoo, the museum, plenty of Mexican food, etc. ALL THE THINGS! We want to do all the things! Send us dates… let’s make plans!
· I want to go to Target and Hobby Lobby and Michaels and every office supply store known to man. I want to go sit in libraries and book stores because I miss that!
· I want tacos and enchiladas and anything Cajun or Mexican or Texan. BEEF! We want beef! And spicy… anything spicy! And Blue Bell. Oh Heavens, thank you for Blue Bell! And Shipley’s!!! And real hamburgers. And barbeque!!! (We might need to visit a gym or two, or ten!!!Anybody got connections at the gym?)
· I really want to get family photos done while we’re in Texas, so if anyone knows photographers in the area, let me know, please!!!
· Horse people… Sarah will be away from her horse and riding for two months, which might kill her, so if you can connect a very experienced, competitive rider with a mount (or at least a ride or two) during August, we would be forever grateful!!!
Looking forward to seeing friends and family and soaking in all of the Texas-ness that we can while we're back this summer! Hope to see you and spend some time catching up. Let's make a plan!
I am humbled every single day lately. Seriously - every day. I am convinced that I get to meet the best people in the world on a daily basis. And not one of them is wealthy or fancy or dressed to the nines. Every one of them is currently unemployed. Every one of them currently lives day-to-day, hoping to find community and friendship and “home”. I think what makes them the absolute best people I’ve ever known is that they are so amazingly hospitable and humble. They exude peace and friendship and love in a way that I am completely unaccustomed to. And honestly, I hope I never stop being amazed by them! I hope I never take it for granted. I hope that I never get to the day when I stop noticing that this amazing love that I am shown is just that—amazing!
Let me share just a little of what I’m talking about:
We were invited to dinner at T* and E*'s apartment last week. They are refugees from a former Soviet block country, here on religious asylum due to persecution. They come to our community center, La Mesa Turquesa, every day. They wanted to make us some traditional food. I was so honored and blessed that they invited us to share a meal with them. THEY ARE THE BEST EXAMPLES OF WHAT HOSPITALITY LOOKS LIKE! They have a small apartment - only 4 chairs at the table, but that didn't keep them from inviting us. They pulled up 2 armchairs from the living room and served the 6 of us. They never ate! Never. They just served us! All the dishes were mismatched sizes. They accidentally bought beer for the kids - it looked like juice in a can to them. Hahaha! Been there! Learning another culture is hard. Sometimes even grocery shopping is a major obstacle. They are still learning the language and it is a non-stop challenge. They have two littles. There were 4 toddlers in the apartment, plus Sarah, plus 5 adult guests, plus T* and E*.
My point to all of this is that they didn't let circumstances get in the way of hospitality and
relationships. They invited us over knowing full well that language and chairs and dishes and space and babies were "not perfect", but they did it anyway. They didn't wait until the living room was perfect. They didn't wait till their language skills were better. They didn't decide that kids would make it too messy or loud or crazy or crowded. THEY DID IT ANYWAY!
This is what hospitality is. This is what builds relationships and community and makes me feel a special connection.
Want more? There are lots more stories! Here’s a taste...
· *K comes in to the center every day. When I first met her, she was terrified and knew zero Spanish. Terrified! No smile and literally trembling. She has been coming for two weeks now. Every day, she comes in and gives me the biggest hug! Huge!!! That is her gift to me every day - that hug that has so much emotion behind it. She then asks about my family using her simple, three-word Spanish sentence that she has learned. Every time. “How is Billy? How is your daughter? How are you?” Then she tells me something about her night last night, or her morning today. Then it’s down to business. “You. Study me. Spanish. Study me. Need more Spanish. Yes? Come.” And she grabs the flashcards and we sit together. We do a million flashcards of pictures and vocabulary. Now she knows about 30 of them by heart, but she continues to flip through the entire deck and try to add more. I encourage her to just choose 5 or 6 new ones so we can focus on them, but she insists that we do them all. K* can’t read or write. The written words on every card mean nothing to her. She just looks at pictures and learns the vocabulary. She listens and repeats. She is voracious! In two weeks, she has learned to communicate with us. Her sentences are simple. Sometimes we have to wade through her new Spanish plus French plus her tribal language and pantomime to figure out what she is really trying to say. Today, we sat together with another friend who speaks Amazigh, Arabic, a little French, and she’s learning Spanish. Our three-way conversation was a crazy mix of languages and cultures. It’s funny—we do a lot of laughing. A lot! K* is learning so fast and I couldn’t be more proud of her. This teacher-heart is just so full!!! When she leaves, she hugs me and she kisses me and tells me when she will be back. And she will! She always says, “Say Billy, Hola”, and she pats her heart. I just love K*!
· *S and *F invited us to their home for afternoon coffee time. It’s a custom in Spain to have merienda at 5:30 - a time of coffee and pastry or light snack. In the home country of S* and F*, it’s also their custom to have afternoon tea or coffee and a bite. When we turned the corner on their block, S* was waiting outside the building for us, to greet us at the door! Their apartment is tiny—almost like a hotel room with a kitchenette. But S* showed us “around the house” with such pride. All five of us sat around a small round “end table” and shared a traditional bread from their home culture that F* had made. It was amazing! We ate off of a mismatch of plates and bowls in different sizes. F* served coffee in various glasses (they don’t have coffee cups). F* suddenly realized that they did not have napkins, so she went to the bedroom and grabbed a towel and began to tear it in to pieces and make napkins, an act that both pained me and honored me all at the same time. If I had so little, would I be willing to tear up one of my towels to make napkins for my guests? When it was time to go home, they pulled out a large bucket of black olives that they had personally harvested and brined and poured them in to a plastic container and sent them home with us as a gift. This morning, F* came over to my house to bring me homemade m’semmen (a type of flat bread from her country). Next week, she’s going to teach me how to make it! She says her mother is the real teacher, but F* taught me how to make couscous, lamb and vegetables last week and she’s a pretty incredible teacher in her own right.
Thanks for supporting and encouraging the La Mesa Turquesa center! THIS is why it's so great! It's building relationships and opening doors and sharing life with our newest neighbors, learning about cultures and embracing a new community and family.
In my USA life, I was a teacher in Texas for 15 years. I was also a professional photographer, a soccer mom, a horsewoman, and the neighborhood hospitality queen. I did "Joanna Gaines farmhouse style" before Chip and JoJo were even a thing - we restored an 1884 Victorian farmhouse in small town Texas and did shiplap walls until I thought I'd go crazy. I taught at NASA, scuba dived with astronauts in training, and studied animals at Sea World for educational purposes. I've tried just about everything, because I have an insatiable need to know if I can do it! Never underestimate a Texas girl in cowboy boots!
In 2006, my husband Billy and I became cross-cultural workers (CCWs) with TMS Global. For five years, we served in three rural Quechua Wanca villages in the Andes of Peru. And when I say rural, I mean RURAL - like no potty! I spent my days in Peru learning to live a Quechua lifestyle in a rustic adobe house - cooking Peruvian foods, sewing with Quechua women, raising my chickens and goats and pigs, and planting my gardens. Now I live my life in small town Spain, serving other cross-cultural workers via teaching and training and care, and helping displaced people to navigate their new reality in Europe.
I'm passionate about fostering personal growth, growth in community, and growth in The Kingdom. Walking alongside others and helping them to use their unique design, their gifts and strengths and maximize their abilities to fulfill their God-given purpose - that's what makes my heart sing!