I was born 30 years ago in Western North Carolina. When I was almost eight years old, the Holy Spirit convicted me of sin, righteousness, and judgement. I understood that I had no merit and was hopeless outside of Christ. That Sunday over 20 years ago, I trusted Christ and His finished work. God through the Gospel has dramatically transformed my life. Looking back, I can see that He guided me even when I didn’t know it.
My family moved to Las Vegas, NV, the fall after I was saved. There I was first introduced to independent missions. My family attended Liberty Baptist Church. We never became as fully involved at Liberty as I now wish we would have, but those six years of influence were critical—more so than they know. My family moved back to North Carolina while I was in high school.
Call to Ministry
I struggled against preaching for some time, but at last I could struggle no longer. During my junior year, I surrendered to preach. Through the influence of Liberty Baptist Church, I attended Pensacola Christian College to prepare for public ministry. While there, I was helped so much by the two years I spent at West Florida Baptist Church in Milton, Florida. Pastor Stewart’s church continually kept missions and local church ministry at the forefront of my mind.
From the time I arrived at PCC, I had been burdened towards evangelism. I assumed that it would be in an itinerant role. The burden has remained these ten years since, but God has slowly directed my focus towards world evangelism. I was able to visit Slovenia in 2005 as part of a graduation gift. While it was a vacation, I was heartbroken over the 2 million Slovenes that had almost no Gospel witness. Finally while attending a muslims missions conference at the beginning of this year (2011), God rekindled the fire to take the Gospel to Slovenia.
I don’t know what the Lord has in our future. I don’t know that He will allow us to live in Slovenia until we’re 70, but I do know that my life must be dedicated to taking the Gospel to those who have never heard it.
I am blessed to have been raised by godly parents. They made God a priority in their lives which directly influenced my life. I was taught about Christ at home, church, and school. I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior as a young child.
Each night as my dad or mom would tuck me into bed, I would make sure there was enough room for Jesus to sleep next to me. One night the Holy Spirit convicted me that this wasn’t enough. I needed Him to live inside of me. My mother took that opportunity to show me from God’s Word how I could be saved. Shortly after that, I was baptized. In the years to follow, I continued to grow in the Lord. The older I got, the more I understood about the Lord.
My husband and I have been working with the teenagers of our church for the last two years. One of the teen boys once asked us which we preferred—married life or single life. After pondering that question, my answer is simple. I prefer God’s will. I sought after God’s will in my life. He blessed me in my childhood with a wonderful family. As a single young adult, I was able to travel using my nursing degree. I was able to see places that I may never see again. And now, as a wife and mother, God continues to pour His blessings on me. The road has not always been easy, but it has been worth every mile of the trip. I look forward to God’s plan in our lives and His blessings to follow.
I believe as a Christian wife that my calling is to be with John whether that be in Ljubljana, Slovenia or Asheville, NC. I am excited to follow the Lord in Slovenia in the years to come.