I was born in San Salvador, El Salvador in 1977 before the 12-year long civil war began. I was abandoned by my birth mother but adopted when I was two months old. I am blessed with wonderful parents who have loved me and cared for me from the day I came home from El Salvador. I became a Christian in college, and the joy of my life is my relationship with Jesus Christ.
After graduating from college in 2001, I spent almost two years in Sendai, Japan teaching English in various places and learning Japanese. I wound up going to back to Japan with Mission to the World in 2008 to work at Christ Bible Seminary. I met my future husband Matthias in May 2009 thanks to a mutual friend from Venezuela. She told Matthias all about me, and thanks to Facebook we first connected. We moved from chatting on Facebook to talking on Skype to hanging out all the time and then officially dating after I left Japan. Matthias knew we were meant to marry rather quickly and I was happy to accept his proposal in Central Park in December 2009. We were married on April 17, 2010. After a grand honeymoon in Lancaster, PA, Costa Rica and El Salvador, we spent two years living in different parts of Germany (Berlin was definitely our favorite place).
We moved to Ishinomaki, Japan in July of this year. Our heart’s desire to support the rebuilding of the city and build relationships with the many people who God will bring into our lives. We are excited about the future and look forward to many years of loving and serving whoever God brings our way.
April 17, 2010
On our honeymoon in El Salvador