SERVING IN: Pittsburgh, North America
MINISTRY FOCUS: Evangelism
I was born and raised in Nairobi, Kenya where my parents served as missionaries with Cru. When I was almost five years old, I understood my own sinfulness and need for God’s grace and prayed with my dad, believing in Jesus Christ for salvation. My parents returned to America before my eighth birthday and I went through a difficult time of culture shock and adjustment. At the age of twelve, I surrendered my life to the Lord for His service and began to actively grow in my faith. After graduating from high school, I went on a summer mission trip to the Amazon region of Brazil. During that time, I felt God calling me to serve Him in overseas mission work.
Initially, I planned to get a degree in Nursing and serve as a medical missionary, but God had other plans for my life. I completed a TESOL certification in order to teach English overseas and a year later moved to China where I served as an English teacher for several years. During that time, I also studied the Chinese language and assisted several house churches in their ministries. Eventually, I returned to America in order to continue my college education. After graduating from Columbia International University with a Master’s degree in Teaching English as Foreign Language (TEFL), I returned to China and taught English for two years. Due to political changes in China during that time, I was unable to continue my outreach and ministry to the Chinese people and had to return to America. I continued to teach in the United States before moving to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where I worked with international college students for two years. In the fall of 2020, I began serving the international refugee community in Pittsburgh through a ministry called Agapao.
The mission of Agapao is “To help people find and meet the needs in the hearts and lives of their local refugee neighbors.” According to the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, there are currently thousands of refugees residing in Pittsburgh from countries all over the world, including Iraq, Bhutan, South Sudan, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. With so many international refugees living in Pittsburgh, this city has become a strategic location for Christians to reach the nations with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. My goal and desire is to minister to the refugees and immigrants in our city in order to show them God’s love and share the wonderful message of hope and peace that can only be found in Jesus Christ. I am blessed to be a part of this amazing ministry to the international community and thank God for giving me the opportunity to serve Him in this city.
Thank you for your prayers and support and may the Lord bless you!
This summer has been a wonderful time of meeting many new refugees as well as establishing relationships with the refugees I already know. Some of the refugee families have started inviting me to share in their special events, such as birthday parties, baby naming celebrations, and family gatherings. It is so exciting to be a part of their lives, experience their culture, and meet their extended family members, as well.
The baking classes I have been teaching for the refugees are going very well and I have often spent an entire afternoon with one family showing them how to make various foods using their ovens. Recently, after teaching a lady how to make and decorate a cake for her daughter’s first birthday, her husband commented that she looked really happy and was smiling. When I first met this woman, she looked very sad and seemed embarrassed to admit that both her and her husband had lost their jobs recently because of the COVID pandemic. We had a great time together and after making the cake, she taught me how to make traditional Nepali dumplings and we had a nice dinner together. I continue to stay in touch with her and pray her husband will be able to return to his job soon.
Recently, I have had the opportunity to teach some of the refugee moms how to bake. Most of the refugee women grew up in refugee camps and countries where they used kerosene stoves or bio-briquettes to cook and heat their food with. As a result, they do not know how to use an oven or bake.