Hi, my name is Christin. I was attending CCPV before my dad became its pastor. I moved to Denver, CO in 2014 with my husband Geoff and we attend Calvary Belmar. Now I work as the missions coordinator for CCPV and my husband and I are also youth leaders with Calvary Belmar's jr high and high school ministry so I guess we are lucky to have two home churches instead of just one. We also volunteer with Colorado's Collaborative Foster Care System working with kids in the foster care system as well as annual trips to Tanalian Bible Camp in Port Alsworth, Alaska to work with at risk youth. Most people don’t realize that 1 in 3 kids in Alaska are victims of mental, physical and/or sexual abuse and the suicide rate is the highest in the country.
I was really involved in missions growing up but I stopped going on trips for a variety of reasons, finances were a big one but also I struggled with some bad experiences I had had in the past. Going to Alaska in 2016 was a big step for me. My dad began talking to me about going on a missions trip with CCPV after I started going to Alaska. He suggested Vietnam but my heart kept coming back to Haiti. I don't have any specific reason other than I felt God press it upon me to go.
My only plan for Haiti is to serve where I am needed. I also hope to use my photography skills to tell the story of the mission and to raise awareness and support back home in the US. It's in my DNA to embrace getting out of my comfort zone. Jumping on a plane and traveling to a new place is an everyday thing for me. I am used to being away from home since my job requires me to travel but because of back to back trips I will be away from home for 31 days. This is much longer than normal and is hard on both my husband and I for obvious reasons. I am thankful that he is so supportive or being away that long would be impossible.
I ask for prayer for our team to act as one cohesive unit and that the Holy Spirit would be the driving force behind everything we do. I pray that none of us go in there thinking we know what's best or to empower ourselves but that we instead empower others so that they may better serve their community.