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God's plans are so often very different than what I thought they would be! But I love watching Him work. I grew up knowing I wanted to work with kids overseas. I had some idea of what I thought that would look like, but God had other ideas! After graduating with an elementary education degree in 2008, I lived for three years in the Dominican Republic, working at an international school there. I enjoyed volunteering at a girl's home there. In 2011, I had the privilege of being commended from Des Moines Gospel Chapel to the work in Nairobi, Kenya. I spent 6 years teaching at an international Christian school there and fostering orphans in my home. Over the 6 years there, I had 18 orphan babies in my home, all of whom are now adopted. I enjoyed both teaching and working with orphans, but I knew I wanted to work full time at an orphanage someday. I thought the someday would be many years in the future, but when God shut the door to return to the same school in Kenya in November of 2017, he opened the door to full time orphan work in Trujillo, Peru.
I am enjoying life in Trujillo, Peru, helping at Hogar de Esperanza (House of Hope), a home for abandoned children. Right now we have 19 kids ages four and up, and five of those are special needs. Every day looks different! I am enjoying using my educational background to help with tutoring and working on plans to help the children improve. I also really enjoy pouring into the lives of the kids in whatever ways I can: going to school functions, teaching them skills, and more. God is so faithful, and I love watching Him work!