My name is Anika! I am a missionary with Youth With a Mission (YWAM). I live in Mazatlan, Mexico, and work at a YWAM campus with another 150 staff. I disciple students on their Christ-seeking journey along with being a continous source of positive fellowship for them.
I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, very involved with my church, Alive fellowship! My dad is an elder, and I grew up being a self-proclaimed "Jesus freak" along with my friends in youth group. When I turned 18, I was a leader at the summer camp my church went to. During worship in the sanctuary, I felt a voice say, "This is what should do, not dog grooming" which was my trade of choice at that time and I had plans to complete my schooling when I got home. I ignored what the Lord was speaking to me because I was scared of the uncertanity. Long story short, I found out I didn't really like dog grooming and decided to go on my first missions trip for my 20th birthday. I fell in love with the Holy Spirit again and later after praying a lot, decided I wanted to complete my calling to be a missionary! Then I did my DTS and now am to be a staff member at the very campus I did my DTS at; in Mazataln, Mexico!
I have always enjoyed the Mexican and Latin culture, and as I grew into maturity, I fell in love with seeing different cultures and learning about them. As a missionary, I have been to South and Central America, but I have also been to Japan! I believe God has called me to harder countries, but Mexico is home now and will be for a longwhile. I am in the process of getting my temp resident visa fro Mexico and love living for the Almighty there! I believe I will travel to different countries but Mexico will always be home.
Based out of our campus, I will be working with these Ministries :
- Skate and Surf
- Home of Hope
- and many more!
My personal favorite is called Stone Island.
- It's a ministry where we go to a community on an "island" to spend time with the locals there and build relationships with them. We share the gospel by being His disciples; going door to door praying for people, talking to them, and a part of our team does kids ministry teaching kids to dance and sing to the Almighty along with Bible stories!
- For more about YWAM go to that page.