who are you?

Good question. I’m assuming since you’ve made it to my website, you have a general idea of who I am. But I’ll give you the basics just in case!

My name is Faith. I grew up in South Florida and just recently graduated with a B.A. in Graphic Design from Azusa Pacific University, located in Azusa, CA (just east of LA). I’m 23 and ready to respond to whatever it is God calls me to do next.

why are you doing this?

I am responsible to what I have been given. My desire is to be faithful with what God has granted me.

As is described in my vision page, I am passionate about the the message of what God has done in my life being brought to places that have never heard, and I believe we are mandated to do so. Being in the stage of life that I am, I can think of no better way to give back the talents and skills God has given me than to use them to share my testimony to those who have never heard. I believe I have been given much and according to Luke 12:48, I am responsible to what I have been given. My desire is to be faithful with what God has granted me, and at this point I feel He is asking me to move to Southeast Asia and use these gifts and resources there. I give Him every right, however to direct me otherwise if He so pleases. Click here to hear more about my story.

what are you going to do while you are there?

My main objective while I am there is to assist others who have gone ahead before me in every way possible. While it is still uncertain (and will be until I arrive) how I can best help them, it is likely I will be involved in their school, quite possibly teaching photography, Photoshop, or something else creative. (View my portfolio site or read my artist statement.)

doesn’t being a Christian in other cultures destroy other cultures?

This is a common and well debated over topic within evangelical and anthropological circles. Many see religion and culture as one, unable to be separated. Thus, if we go in as Christians, we are acting against not only their religion and belief system but also their culture.

I believe we can preserve cultures in addition to testifying of the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ to them.

I believe in the power of Jesus to transform lives, and I also believe God created cultures, and He created them to be different. That being said, I believe religion and culture do not have to be one and the same. As communicated in my vision, I believe God created us to be creative, and by utilizing this creativity I believe we can preserve cultures in addition to testifying of the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. To bring a culture to knowledge of Jesus would be to allow that culture to embrace the beauty God created in it in a more complete manner.

are we doing more harm than good?

Great question, and honestly this is a question I ask myself all the time. Aren’t we, as westerners, just going in, destroying cultures and causing people to look poorly toward us in order to “spread the good news”? This is quite possibly something we have been guilty of. I once asked a foreign worker about this, and he said, “Honestly, I think that is something a lot of Americans talk about and debate over, but the truth of the matter is that once you get over there God is working.” I am convicted that our biblical mandate for sharing our testimony is clear, and I believe God chooses to use His people to tell those who haven’t heard.

Ultimately, my responsibility is to God, to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8) If I am pursuing intimacy with my Creator, I have to trust that He is going to take care of the rest. I believe that if I am pursuing to live rightly with Him, He is going to protect His gospel and the hearts He is knocking on. My job is, to the best of my ability, keep my sin out of the way, and pray for forgiveness where I fail. The rest is up to Him!

what are you doing to prepare yourself?

It’s a battle out there, an intense spiritual battle. As Paul states (Ephesians 6:12), “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” As I spiritually prepare to go, I desire to grow in intimacy with God, that I may be able to learn to discern the voice of God clearly as I enter into battle.

I am also preparing by taking a course on Islam, so that I might be better informed as to the culture and religion I will be spending much time with.

In addition, I am getting my EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) license, to hopefully be able to bring some medical knowledge and help in whatever way I can.

when are you hoping to leave, and how long are you going for?

Lord willing, my target departure date Summer 2011, and at this time I am committing to go for two years. When I near the end of my two years I will reevaluate and pray over what the Lord would have for me next.

In addition, I have attended pre-field training with Pioneers, am currently taking a course on Islam to better understand the culture I am entering in, and raising a team of both prayer and financial supporters. Feel free to email me to learn more about what I am doing to prepare, and would you consider committing to pray for me, or committing to financially support me?

what are some fears and concerns you have?

Moving full time abroad is a scary thing. While I am extremely excited about the vision God has given me and the things He is doing, I have to be honest in saying that this is a difficult, huge step of faith.

To be completely transparent, I have several apprehensions. I need a lot of support to make it over there. This is a new journey as I am learning how to completely trust and rely on the Lord to bring the support in. Some other concerns include how my stateside relationships are going to change, and whether or not I am going to be able to “make it” out in the land of the unknown.

I am encouraged and excited as God grows me in these areas, and how He continues to teach me and wrestle with me through difficult life issues. Would you consider committing to pray for me as I continue on this journey? Also, please visit my prayer page to learn how else you can specifically pray for me.

what if you can’t raise all of your support in time?

Pioneers (the organization sending me) requires I raise at least 90% of my support before I leave. As I pray and trust the Lord for support to come in, I want to be sure to allow God’s plan/time table to override mine. That being said, if I don’t raise 90% by my departure date, I will continue to trust that God is working, and will wait on Him and His timing to bring the funds in before I leave.

is there anything I can give instead of money to support you?

One of my greatest needs is connections. I know times are tough with the economy, but if you could connect me to your small group or church, that would be extremely helpful. I would love to share at your small group or Bible Study! In addition, visit my support page to see my latest list of needs. I know that this support is not mine to raise, but the Lord’s. Would you consider committing to pray for me and my journey of support raising? You can read more about specific prayer requests on my prayer page.

is it illegal to be a Christian in your region of Southeast Asia?

While this area is predominantly of another religion, it is not illegal to be a Christian there. However, many of the laws of the country are built around the majority religion’s traditions.