Once upon a time, in Cincinnati, Ohio, I was born to two loving parents, Ian and Frances Mead. My mum and Dad are from England and moved to the United States a few years before my two older sisters and I were born. This means my sisters and I are all dual citizens of both the United States of America and of the United Kingdom of Great Britain. Although I used to think this was just fun fact and a convenient way to skip immigration lines while traveling, I now see that it has been a blessing in disguise.
My mum home schooled each of my sisters and I until we were in the 4th grade, at which point we attended Cincinnati Christian Schools, where I met some of my best friends. I lived in Ohio my entire life, until I left for college, though I was blessed enough to be able to travel throughout middle and high school.
It was one particular trip the summer of my Junior year that changed the direction of my life. My home church (Tri County Assembly of God), was taking a 2-week missions trip to Belgium to work with Convoy of Hope Europe (COHEU) with various outreaches and grounds work. I was so excited to go – after all I loved COHEU, and already knew some of the staff members, and of course, I loved Europe. What I didn’t expect realize was that God would place a burden on my heart in those two weeks for the people of Europe. I had no idea the longing He would build up inside of me to be a medium of change to the country of Beligum and the continent of Europe.
I began studying French in my spare time (the main language of Brussels) and interned with COHEU the summer of 2011. The direction of my life hasn’t been the same since. I was called to love the people of Europe and bring the love and life of Christ to a country so dark and dry.
The fall of 2011 I enrolled in Evangel University where I majored in International Studies with a minor in Advertising/Public Relations and Spanish. This is also where I met my now husband, Zachary! I thought he was pretty weird… in fact, I tried to avoid him, but alas, he was in four out of six of my classes first semester, and was pals with all of my good friends so I couldn’t seem to get away from him. God is good though, because I eventually realized that he was not a great guy and a good best friend, but that he had a passion for Europe and saw himself living there one day.
Over the next few years, our passion and vision for Europe became one, and so did we. We were married May 30th of 2014, 4 weeks after my graduation, and are happy as clams. Really happy clams. I love him a lot and am so thankful God put him in my life.
After getting established and somewhat settled as a married couple, we decided that it was time to start pursuing our callings. So in the spring of 2015 we began the application process of becoming Missionary Associates through the Assembly of God. In the meantime, I have been doing all sorts of work, from executive assistance to a former ambassador, to self-contracted web design projects for Non Profits in New York, to web content writing for EverythingKitchens.com. I am amazed by the opportunities God has given us in the short time that Zach and I have been graduates, but now comes the best one yet.
For the past 5 years, working with COHEU has sat like a dormant dream in my heart, always at the back of my mind, waiting for its time to come alive. It is with tears of absolute joy that I read our email of acceptance into the MA program just over a week ago, and now begins the journey of going.
While we work towards raising funds and finalizing our plans, please pray for wisdom, guidance and providence for us. Pray for us to make the most of this next year while we are here, studying and working, while also planning for our future.
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