I’ve always found September to be a sensational month, as it is all about new beginnings! When I was a kid, it was the school shopping that got me—-new crayons, new books, new binders, new gel pens! (Yes, I had a pretty impressive collection of gel pens, circa 1998.) Then there was the excitement that comes with starting brand new classes, with new teachers, maybe even in a new building. September has always felt like a blank slate to me—-a looming white canvas, begging to be painted.
That’s how I feel today, as I write this. This month marks the beginning of a new journey; however, we embark on an adventure that will be much more powerful than any new crayons or textbooks. This journey we begin, SEND North America, touches lives, changes hearts, and leaves people different than they came. Are you ready??? I know I am—-bring on the paint brushes, and let’s color that canvas.
Meet the Team! As you’re reading this, three young adults are settling into their new homes for the next 10 months. They’ve just unpacked their bags, getting to know their host families, learning a new routine, and starting their adventure! From Michigan, Indiana, and as far as Belize, these young adults have all taken a step of faith, long before arriving in Kendallville, Indiana for SEND North America, the hands-on training experience for young adults. They recognized a calling from God to get deeper with Him, learn what it means to disciple others, and live the life that He calls them, uniquely, to live. They’ve prayed about it, had the conversations, raised the support, and the day has finally arrived…they are here!
Jean Elisee Heureuse (nickname is pronounced “Zay”) is our first international young adult to participate in SEND! He is from Belize and is very excited about his time with us in the States to study God’s word, get trained and equipped in his faith, and return to Belize next year with a renewed vision for mission and ministry. Elisee is 28 years old and has a wife and daughter, Ajani and Elysia.
Quinnlin Jacquay is from Auburn, Indiana. Quinn is 19 years old, and has been very active in his youth group, as a young adult and as a volunteer. He has a real heart for ministry; he feels like God may be calling him into chaplaincy after SEND.
Sarah Kolb is from Indian River, Michigan. Sarah is also 19 years old and recently returned from her second mission trip to Guatemala. She graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts this past spring. Sarah feels that God may be calling her to family counseling or international missions after SEND.
Mackenzie “Kenzie” Ritchie