Anna, also known as Anna J or Ana la rana, is originally from Columbia, Tennessee. She grew up going to church, but it wasn’t until December of 2018 that she decided to completely surrender her life to Christ. She graduated from Lipscomb University in May of 2019, and she had plans of eventually pursuing medical school. However, like many of the plans we make for ourselves, God had something else (way more exciting) in mind.
Anna went on her first mission trip in 2016 to Nevis, a small island in the Caribbean, with a team from Lipscomb University. This trip revealed a passion and joy within her that she had never experienced before. Anna continued returning to Nevis each Spring Break, and then in December of 2018 on a medical trip with Lipscomb, she traveled to Guatemala for the first time! While in Guatemala, she found that same passion and joy bursting within her. Through relationships made and built on that trip, Anna was introduced to the Independent Missionary Network.
After graduating, Anna came alongside Lydia Rubenic and walked through the designing stages of the IMN Apprenticeship Program. The months spent in Guatemala and Peru changed Anna’s life. She experienced healing and growth in ways she never could have anticipated. She found that the same joy and fire she felt during each of the week long trips she took in college, never faded during the five month apprenticeship. Since returning to the States, God has put it heavy on her heart to surrender her plans in exchange for His.
Anna is now planning to move to Guatemala for the next two years. The first of which she will be working closely with fellow IMN missionaries, Rich and Cherry Smith, as an intern for Global Action, while also developing a ministry of her own. Anna is excited to begin working with orphans, helping teach English, and jumping in and serving wherever and however she can as God continues to open doors along the way!