What attracted you to missionary work?
Starting during my elementary years, my deep gratitude to God for all he has given me (especially friends and family) has driven me to want to share the joy of knowing Jesus with others. Hearing mission stories from my sister Ellen and my brother Peter and participating in Action and the Indy Campus Team kept the Missionary Company and the people of the Mississippi River Valley on my mind and heart since late in high school. More recently in my discernment in November, I was also attracted to missionary work by a desire to sit at the feet of Jesus spending quality time in friendship with him just as Mary did (Luke 10). When Jesus encouraged me to say "yes" both to joining the Missionary Company and to working as a nurse in Evansville, I wholeheartedly and joyfully agreed!
How have your first few weeks gone for you?
I moved in on May 30th, and so far I have spent much of my time studying/preparing for my nurse licensing exam which I take on June 27th. I also began RN orientation on June 9th. I've enjoyed meeting the neighbors, the regular prayer meeting attendees, and the underway families. I can't wait to dive more fully into mission training and mission work in early fall after solidifying my transition into the RN workforce.
Any thing else you think might be good for us to know?
Because of my situation of recently graduating nursing school, I am working as an RN at St. Mary's Hospital on the Oncology Unit. My full-time day position here is really a bit of a miracle, and I'm so grateful to God (and to Mary Timler, who works on the same unit and was a great reference for me). Oh, and please pray that I pass my licensing exam!