Anna is from Columbia, Tennessee. She is 22 years old and a recent graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee. Anna grew up going to church and has always dreamed of one day becoming a medical missionary. Today, Anna is in the process of reaching the dreams God put on her heart many years ago. While at Lipscomb, Anna studied Biology and worked as a nursing assistant in order to prepare for a career in the medical field. She also traveled to Nevis and Guatemala on short term mission trips, and she spent a year serving as Chaplain of her social club.
Anna went on her first mission trip in 2016 to Nevis, a small island in the Caribbean, with a team from Lipscomb. This trip revealed a passion and joy within her that she had never experienced before. Anna returned to Nevis each year and continued to fall in love with the people and culture of the island. In Nevis, Anna taught the teenage girls Bible study, and through this class, Anna was blessed with incredible and unique friendships with some of the girls on the island. Nevis taught Anna a lot about the value of relationships and how simple yet important encouragement is within the global Church.
During her senior year, Anna was given the opportunity to serve on her first medical mission trip, but this trip became so much more than just that. Anna traveled to Guatemala and served at El Faro for a week in December 2018 alongside a team from Lipscomb. That week the team helped repaint and put a roof on a school, as well as, facilitate a pop-up clinic in Livingston which provided primary care, dental care, and public health education to its attendees. This was Anna’s first time in Guatemala, and the trip ignited a deep desire to completely surrender her life to God’s calling— so she did just that! On December 19, 2018, Anna was baptized in the ocean in front of El Faro, and her passions for learning and serving have multiplied since her new life began!
Anna will be moving to Guatemala in August 2019 to help cultivate a regionally specific public health curriculum, as well as aid in the development of a gap year program for other students who are passionate about serving with IMN in the future. Anna fell in love with the little bit of Guatemala she was able to experience in December, and she cannot wait to learn and experience more of the Guatemalan culture in the months to come! Anna is passionate about serving God and serving others, and she is so excited to pursue those passions with the IMN family.