Mentoring inner city youth was never in my plans. Graduating with a Bachelor's in Spanish, I was certain I would go on to become a high school Spanish teacher. Although my heart had made a plan, God ultimately established my steps. I was first introduced to LOVEtheLOU in 2014 then, the following year, was asked if I could volunteer to oversee a group of teenagers for the summer. Having gotten into a lot of trouble as a kid myself, I couldn't help but think, 'what do I have to offer?' God slowly began to soften my heart and help me realize that everything I had experienced in my adolescence had prepared me for this Devine assignment. The Holy Spirit immediately got to work, guiding me every step of the way.
Shepherding the STL|Lift students for the past seven years has been an amazing journey. Walking alongside them as they grow, fail, succeed, try new things, travel to new places, experience heartbreak, turmoil, grief, loss, wins, excitement, challenges, everything- has been an honor. I'm so glad God chose me to be His hands and feet in North St. Louis and to share the love of Christ with everyone I meet.