Valéria is a 25-year-old Brazilian who has a Bachelor´s degree in Library Science. From 2019-2022 she studied at Bible School in the US where she became interested in East Asia. Initially hoping to serve in China we have now found an opportunity for her to go to Taiwan, as a one year Serve Asia Worker, where she will study Chinese at a University for a year and work alongside the TW Field in reaching out to young people and women in the community where she will be based. Her home church in Fortaleza is very supportive of her application and excited to see how the Lord will lead her longer term too.
She writes: “I grew up in a city called Fortaleza in the northeast of Brazil. I put my faith in Jesus when I was around 9 years old and because of that I always thought that my testimony wasn’t interesting to be shared, you know, because I never had a big issue in my life. But the truth is that my testimony isn’t about me. I am just a secondary character. Jesus is the main character because He saved me and “I am what I am by the grace of God” (1 Cor 15:10). It was the best gift that I could receive. And by God’s grace, He didn’t just only save me but my whole family. And I am really thankful for that.
I’ve always had an interest in Asian culture since I was little, but it was more of a fascination with culture. When I came to Bible School in Wyoming, USA, God turned this fascination into a burn for the Asian people. It’s been almost three years since I’ve had this desire and for all that time I’ve been wondering if it’s just a feeling or if it’s really God’s will for my life. So I’ve decided that I’ll only find out if I try, and I’m willing to see how God will lead me through this situation.”
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Breakdown of total project cost
|University fees||£2,000 (3 x 10 weeks)|