What is your ministry?
I am currently in a sabbatical year resting and looking for a new direction for my life. In my previous job and ministry that I left a year ago, I led evangelical religious education in schools in Spain for the whole country for seven years. It was a busy job with many demands and pressures. I am loving resting this year, spending time with my new husband and studying the Bible more. It has been wonderful and totally counter-cultural to have this break. I love the Bible and I attended seminary in the United States, where I got my Masters in Christian Studies (TEDS); I would love to teach at some point.
When did you trust Christ?
Growing up evangelical in a Catholic country wasn’t easy. My friends from school could not understand when I explained that my father was a “pastor” (they thought he was a “shepherd” in the field, which is what the word “pastor” means in Spanish). Very early on in life, I had to decide what I thought about my parent’s faith and why we were so different from my friends. What was the truth? What about my Catholic friends or my Jehovah’s Witness friends? Who was right? How could a 12-year-old discern the truth? Amid my questions, I trusted the God of my parents and who the Bible said He was.
What have been the defining moments of your Christian walk?
Broken relationships and significant changes, like moving to other countries and changing jobs, have helped me understand how temporary and limited we are as human beings and how God has greater ways, purposes, and plans than what we might have dreamed. I attended seminary in the United States in my late twenties and pursued a Master’s degree in Christian Studies. My time at seminary was a fantastic opportunity to deepen in God’s Word and meet extraordinary people working worldwide. Life in Europe, where Protestantism is not a majority religion, is a daily challenge and a complex adventure. I hope that God will make me a person who can dialogue and speak about the beauty of the Gospel to a challenging and needy world.
What do you hope to gain from participating?
I would like to have a better understanding of the different types of mentoring and to myself be transformed in a mentoring relationship this year. I have never been formally mentored and would very much like to have this experience. I think it will be valuable to me to have some guidelines to do the same for others in the future. God has placed in my heart the desire to help other women. Although I do not know the future, I am confident that mentoring is what I need to focus on in this stage of my life.
What is your leadership role or what were your past leadership roles?
As of right now I do not have a leadership role per se, as I have been on sabbatical in this season of my life. However, this year, as I have turned 40, I can see that I have more opportunities to disciple and influence younger ladies. These relationships come naturally; a lot of them are my long-term friends or women who need a mentor, and someone points them to me. Many come to me with questions and to look for inspiration in a way, especially because I got married later in life. I want to be better trained to mentor these women.
Why should someone invest in your ministry?
I have never been formally discipled on a one-to-one basis. I would love to know more about how this is done so that I can do so with others. I want to disciple women in relationships that are not contrived. A big concern I have is that I do not want to treat people that I mentor like “projects” and sadly we can often do this in the church.