My name is Nicole. I currently work at an alternative health center in Roswell. I’m passionate about welcoming people into a safe place so that they feel like they can be open, so that they can heal, so that they can feel empowered and equipped to go out and do the things that they are passionate about.
Growing up, I was a closed-off person. It was a form of protection. Because if someone knew me, then they had the opportunity to hurt me. So, it took years to be drawn out of that. It started with the realization during high school that there were other people around me who were just as lonely and felt just as isolated as I did. You have to have your defenses down to connect and let people come into your life. As I learned that, especially throughout college, I gained some really deep friendships.
During college, I went to Turkey with a team to do relational ministry. Together, we learned how to un-self, support each other, and how to move past things that really don’t matter. From Turkey, I got a glimpse of what a community centered on Christ looks like. I came out of college learning that a life consistently loving the Lord, digging into His Word, finding ways to support and appreciate and love other people is a really good life, and it can be absolutely unspectacular. That a good life is one that is walking with the Lord and that it can be a quiet life. And that was how I left college and expected to live.
But a few months ago, I took a class that broadened my view of what is strategic. I learned that there are some very clear needs, right now, all around the world, for people to jump right in to support those who are going out into the mission field. This idea was something that I grew up hearing about, but I somehow never connected that I could be part of a more strategic missions goal.
For me today, that means being able to help the person who is in front of me feel supported and encouraged and equipped to make changes, to move them in a healthy direction. In my off time, this looks like cooking and hosting.
Hospitality is not just a joy for me, but it means something for friends, to be free to sit and talk and be connected to community. It’s a deeper, richer way to love people.
So, my dream is to be involved strategically, to help equip and heal using my skills, to support others to go out and use their skills in whatever way they’re meant to. Hospitality with a mission. Equipping others, helping others become who they really are meant to be.
I am hoping to find a position overseas where I can serve and equip others so that they can go to the mission field. But the details of where… I’m still figuring out. I know it is an adventure of obedience.