What an honor it is to join this beautiful community called Expansion International as its new Executive Director; I’ve been so impressed by you all. I had the opportunity to meet many of you at the Build Hope dinner in early April – thank you for welcoming my family and me so graciously. To be part of a people that God brings together to impact precious lives of others through the love of Christ is one of my greatest joys.
Christ-centered, Kingdom minded work is something God birthed in me shortly after my first husband passed away. In 1991, my five young children and I left for YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in Kona, Hawaii with the hope of establishing our “new” family in a strong tradition of serving the Lord. It was there that the Lord planted seeds of service to the poor in my heart, but what could I do? I had my very own little mission field to tend to.
After returning home, I volunteered at my local church, and as my children grew, time opened up for more volunteer opportunities. Once I married my husband Dan, we started supporting children in India. I was blessed to meet young Lalitha there in 2001 on a mission trip. When I returned, Dan and I decided to do as much as we could for the children, their caregivers, and pastors; the need was so great. I served as administrator for the mission work out of my home church for many years until 2015. What a privilege! Now I’ve been given the opportunity to serve Expansion International and I’m looking forward to all that God has planned for us to do together in the coming years.