As an Iowa native, who grew up frequenting Wisconsin via the Mississippi River, I am excited to move to the dairy loving, cheese head state of Wisconsin. It is with great joy that I get to serve at UW-Platteville in Platteville, Wisconsin. Go Pioneers!!
God has given me a vision to help reach the college population. He wants me to reach student athletes who believe their identity comes from their sport. So often, college students are searching for their identity in all the wrong places. So many people leave the church when they come to college because they don’t feel anything from the service or are influenced by so many outside things: freedom, hookup culture, partying, drugs, you name it. I listened to what the world told me to do rather than what God was telling me to do, which led me to a path of searching for worldly things to fulfill me.
I turned to worldly things to fulfill me such as athletics, organizations at Wartburg College, and academics, but when COVID hit, everything came crashing down. I qualified for the Indoor National Track and Field Meet, but less than 24 hours before we were going to compete, the meet was cancelled. The goal I was striving for my whole collegiate career became nothing in a matter of minutes. Like many, I had to go home and leave my “identity” at Wartburg. I realized I placed my identity in worldly things, and the world came up short. I realized that worldly things are temporary and only Jesus can fulfill and last forever.
Now this is eternal life, that they should know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent, Jesus Christ.
As I found my way back to the faith, the Lord has revealed many things to me. He has shown me that I am his daughter, and I am undeniably loved by him regardless of the things I do or don’t do – the goals I achieve or fall short of.
This is why I am so excited to get to Platteville and be a friend for those struggling with their identity. I want to be someone I could’ve used while I was struggling with my identity. I desire to love them and to show others not only who they are but WHOSE they are. That the most important thing they can do in their lives is to know the only true God. Their identity does not come from the things they are involved in, but it comes from being a son or daughter of the Most High King Jesus Christ.
When I answered the call to join FOCUS, I made the decision to rely on the spiritual and financial support of mission partners to help me through this mission. I’ve been blessed with the most amazing people who have journeyed with me as I serve on campus. If you are interested in partnering with me, please let me know of the best way to reach you and I will schedule an appointment. I’d be honored to share this mission with you. Feel free to call me at 563-880-9553 or email me at [email protected].