January 2021 Fellows
I grew up in Sulphur Springs, Texas before moving to Tyler, Texas to attend the University of Texas at Tyler. There I studied psychology and marketing while also playing for the UT Tyler Women’s Soccer team.
Fighting human trafficking has always been my dream, but it felt almost impossible to know where to even begin. That’s why I’m thankful for Raising a Voice and this fellowship opportunity. I am eager to learn and gain field experience as well as diving into community. My vision for this fellowship is growth and grit. I hope to be sharpened and refined in this season so the Lord can use me in more ways to bring him glory. This organization is truly special and I am lucky to be able to grow alongside it!
I am 24 years old and I grew up in Jacksonville, Florida. In college I studied to be an American Sign Language/English interpreter. I went on the international World Race in August of 2018, and World Race America in January 2020.
During my time traveling, I have been able to work both domestically and internationally with anti-trafficking ministries. From Thai red light districts, to Haitian safe houses, and strip clubs in Columbus, Georgia, there is so much brokenness that goes overlooked in both the Johns and the women and children stuck in these industries that can only be made whole through the power of the Gospel and a transformative work of the Holy Spirit. I am excited and honored to join into the work that the Lord is already doing this year to set captives free, both physically and spiritually.
I was born and raised in the city of Knoxville, Tennessee. I’m 23 years old and studied Philosophy at the University of Tennessee. The story of my life before the Lord is one filled with brokenness and sorrow, it’s a long story and a beautiful contrast when seen in comparison to what He’s done since I came to know Him.
My life and heart were claimed fully by the Lord in 2016, and after several tumultuous years of searching, I’ve decided to respond to the call and the burden on my heart which I’ve had in regards to working with women and children who have been abused and exploited by the world in its fallen state. Learning about and being accepted into this program was the clearest answer to prayer. It felt like the story of Gideon and his sheepskin, and I felt as though I was seeing once again God’s willingness to speak clearly to His people if they will humble themselves to listen. I’m humbled and heavy at times, but also filled with zeal and excitement because He tells us in Matthew 9:36-37 that He is moved with compassion for us, and that the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. What a joy to be a worker!