My Story

Hello there! My name is Angela and I am a third-year Concurrent Education student at Queen’s University, completing my undergraduate degree in Music and French as a double major. I want to teach the junior-intermediate age group, aka the “tweens.” I always get a few laughs from people when I share that, but in all honesty, I love this age group! Some of my hobbies include dancing (and watching my old competition videos), getting outside, baking, and watching sitcoms (I am the BIGGEST fan of “New Girl” – I can practically quote it). Throughout my time at Queen’s, I have loved getting involved in the student community. I have found immense purpose in the various activities I’ve been involved in, but finding my faith here on campus is the biggest highlight and blessing of all.

I grew up in a Catholic household and was raised to value the faith in my life. I was always dedicated to being a rule follower, but something seemed to be lacking in my religious practices. It wasn’t until my teenage years that I began to explore what this was for me. Along the way, I met Jesus in a place where I needed him most, and came to understand that what I was missing was that personal relationship with God. This was something I worked at going into University but hadn’t totally figured out yet. For a while, I wasn’t quite sure where I belonged. I had a lot of unanswered questions about my faith. So, I went searching for answers. What I found was a loving community in the Chaplaincy on campus, and encountered Christ in a way that completely wrecked me. Since giving my “yes” to God, I have been so blessed to witness the Spirit at work in my life, and I know that trusting in Him is the best decision of my life!

Why do I want to be on Mission?

Since I’ve been on my walk with the Lord, there has been a yearning in my heart to serve His people. This was something I discussed at length with my campus missionary, and knew I had to explore. When I found out that CCO was hosting a mission to Ireland, I was beyond excited! However, without the dates confirmed, and a teaching placement in May that was set in stone, there was no way of knowing if I could even apply. In December, I had the opportunity to attend the CCO conference, Rise Up, where I was met with a statement that completely changed my outlook on mission: “I will go. I will do. I will say.” This is the CCO motto. Knowing Christ means being called to be messengers of the Good News. I knew that mission was intriguing to me, but encountering this message made it clear that the fire in my heart was not something I could ignore anymore. Then, I found out that the Ireland mission begins just a few days after I complete my teaching placement. If God couldn’t make it any clearer!

I know this mission will challenge me in ways I have yet to know. Frankly, I am nervous to embark on this brand new experience, and fear I am not good enough for the job. However, I am reminded that God uses us in our imperfections to do His work and reach His people. I know that He has called me to this mission, and so, I will answer in confidence, and give Him my “yes!”

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