Ms. Anna

(Receptionist)

What year did you start at CFK?

I started working at Campus for Kids on August 4, 2015 as an Assistant Teacher to the wonderful Ms. Tammie Harrison in C-Sharp. Working at Campus for Kids has been an invaluable experience as I feel I have grown in my gift to teach, create, and care. The atmosphere created by the years of Godly, quality care is incomparable to many other places I’ve been. I feel valued, encouraged, and challenged in my faith every day.

What year did you begin your early childhood profession?

Campus for Kids is my first officially certified experience working with children. However, I served as a full time volunteer at a children’s center pioneered by my family and I in South Sudan for 2 years. We worked with children who grew up in conflict zones, many of them orphaned by war. I have also been nannying and babysitting since I was 12 years old.

Tell about your family.

My family is absolutely one of the greatest blessings in my life. My mom and my dad are my heroes. They are missionaries who are based out of Africa, caring for and teaching orphaned children. They have always taught me to trust God with all that I am, and for that I am eternally grateful. I moved with my family to South Sudan when I was 17, and a year later we began to grow our family as we began to look after children orphaned by war. I try to travel to Africa as often as I can, because I consider these children to be my brothers and sisters.

In May 2016 I married my best friend Daniel. We met at Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry in Redding, California. Daniel also comes from an amazing family of missionaries. His parents served for over 15 years in India with Youth With A Mission. Due to our backgrounds, travelling and sharing the simple gospel of love is core to Daniel and I’s DNA.

Who was/is the most influential person in your life? Why?

My mother is definitely the most influential person in my life. She has been a constant encourager and inspiration to me. She raised my two sisters and I as a single mom, and never once complained about life circumstances, but instead could always be found worshipping God and trusting in Jesus to provide and care for our family. To this day, I want nothing more than to emulate the love my mom demonstrated to me and many others. A love that is unconditional and unrelenting. A love that joyfully takes away all shame. The love of Jesus Christ.

Do you have any pets?

I am a huge animal lover. Unfortunately, I don’t currently have any pets of my own. In South Sudan, I had 3 goats.

What is your hobby?

I love most anything that has to do with creativity and the arts. I love to write, paint, and sculpt. I enjoy film and photography. I also enjoy hiking and swimming.

Share a spiritual experience in your life.

When I was living in South Sudan I prayed that I would experience more of the miracle working God we read about in the Bible. It was during this time I felt God drawing me out of my comfort zone and under his wings.

One day while tutoring a class of over 40 students, I heard my mom praying from the other room. “Lord, let no one leave this place hungry.”
South Sudan is said to have the worst food crisis in the world, according to the United Nations. And though 50% of the nation’s population is under the age of 14, the mortality rate of children, due to malnutrition is staggering. These were the terrible, but all too real conditions I was living in. I thought to myself, “This is the opportunity to witness God’s power!”

Knowing that there was only enough food that day to serve our family and staff of 8 people, I began filling bowls full of rice and stew for our students and passing them out. I had never experienced anything like this. Just like the story of the 5 loaves and two fishes that Jesus multiplied in John chapter 6, Jesus performed the same miracle before my eyes. Every student enjoyed a meal, and there were not only leftovers for the staff, but there was enough food for the elderly residents in our neighborhood.

I could not believe God’s goodness. But I was quickly humbled when I realized He cared much more than I ever could for the hungry. He is a good and loving father who created everything that has breath! The kicker was that this became a regular occurrence. Every day, students filled our home, and they left with full bellies and smiles on their faces.

The miracles began with just a simple lunch being multiplied, but very soon I witnessed blind eyes and deaf ears opening, sicknesses flee people’s bodies, and hearts being healed. Jesus cares about it all. Every miracle, a glimpse of the mighty God we serve.

What is your favorite scripture?

Romans 8:37-39
“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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