Growing up I had the opportunity to go on a few mission trips to Belize, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and El Salvador. Through those mission trips God showed me how desperately our world is in need of the Gospel. After graduating high school, God put on my heart to do a gap year to pursue missions but I decided to put that off and pursue success. Two years after graduating God convicted me with taking a gap year. In August 2013 I left to do a Global Year in El Salvador. During those nine months God pressed on my heart again how desperately our world is in need of the gospel. In 2014, I returned back to El Salvador with Global Year to do an internship. Again God worked in my life and called me into missions. This past May 2015 I decided to go on staff with Global Year and I am currently serving on the field in El Salvador.
Q&A with Tanya:
If you weren’t in ministry, what would you be doing? Why?
I would minister through some type of designing (stage, graphic, interior, etc.)
Talk about how your childhood has affected your life today.
Growing up in a church & private school that continuously gave us opportunities to be involved in missions whether it was praying, giving, or going on a mission trip.
When did you make Jesus your Lord and Savior?
I surrendered my life to Jesus at the age of 12 at a youth camp in Myrtle Beach, SC.
What’s your favorite Bible verse?
The whole Bible is my favorite. “But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” Acts 20:24
What’s my favorite movie? Why?
All Disney movies, because it brings me back to my childhood.
Other than Jesus, who would I most like to have lunch with? Why?
A group of students who have a desire to reach the nations with the Gospel.
What favorite books are on your shelf?
The Holy Bible. You & Me Forever. Radical. Undaunted.