Dear Family & Friends,
On May 30th, I will enjoy my final day of High School and on the 31st I will be flying to Ecuador*!
I have been hired on for my dream job – spending my summer working as support staff with Covenant Merge Ministries (http://covmerge.org/). I saw this as a long shot when I applied back in January, but as it turns out, I am actually the first student they have ever hired straight out of High School. I am honored and know that my experience living in Nicaragua last year has helped to prepare me.
With over 20 years of experience and 14,000 participants, Merge utilizes qualified local leadership to design custom mission’s trips. Groups share their unique talents and abilities in partnership with a local church/ministry. As support staff, I will work with Merge International Staff from May 31st to August 16th. My primary responsibility will be as a construction coordinator (I have a lot to learn!). I will work between the host construction supervisor and teams to efficiently utilize team members to further local construction projects, find meaningful work for all team members, and obtain materials and tools as needed. I’ll also have a great reason to continue working on my Spanish.
This position requires me to raise support to fund my round trip ticket to Quito, as well as a small living expense stipend. In total, I am looking to raise around $4,000 for my summer abroad serving the global church.
Those wanting to help financially, can either send funds directly to me or for a donation receipt checks should be written out to: Evangelical Covenant Church with MERGE SUMMER STAFF in the memo line – in a separate note, please indicate that your donation is for me, and then mail your check to –
Covenant World Mission Attn: Tanya Constanza 8303 W. Higgins Road Chicago, IL 60631
Additionally, I will be putting together a prayer support team; let me know your interest in being a part of this via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Many Thanks for your support,
*There are currently several missions trips booked to Alaska. There is a small chance that my location could get changed. When I was given my placement, I was asked if I had any interest in Alaska. I said I was open to wherever the biggest need was. My placement will be finalized by the beginning of April.