I came awake to the truth of the Gospel when I was sixteen years old. God spoke to my heart through Galatians 2:20, which a chaplain at a summer music school spoke over us: “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” This was a clear call to me to pick up my own cross and follow the God who condescended to become a man for my sake in the form of Jesus Christ. It was also a call to step into the inheritance of the Holy Spirit which God has created me to hold in a special way – as he does each member of the body of Christ. From here, I have been learning to step into the gifts he has given me for his church with faith, and great joy. I love to create, prepare spaces, organize, listen and teach. I am learning to do all of this in love, looking to Jesus as my perfect example. I studied at the Wheaton College Conservatory as a Music Pedagogy major (2015-2019) with a focus on viola. I plan to continue learning to share the gift of learning by pursuing a Masters in TESOL and Intercultural Studies. Ultimately, I hope to offer music and language lessons as a platform for reaching those who are unseen among us – the orphan and foreigner – in a desire to love them the way that Jesus has loved me, to give them the dignity of words and songs for their homes and communities, and to share with them the light of the Gospel. I also hope to learn from those I meet out of a curiosity to know God’s heart for his image bearers and to grow in my devotion to their Creator. Right now, God has seen fit to let me learn from God’s little ones as I collaborate with the ministry of the Children’s Pastor. I have never known more joy.