Keila Ibarra Mendez

Keila Ibarra Mendez

Keila Ibarra Mendez

  • Age: 21
  • Birthday: September 22, 1993
  • Denomination: Libre
  • Discipline: Tourism Management
  • University: Universidad Autónoma Gabriel René Moreno
  • Location: Bolivia
  • Gender: Female
  • Completion Date: March 31, 2018
  • Student ID: BO9800375

Languages spoken, read and written: Spanish

What was your family life like? I was brought up in a Christian home, thanks to my parents. I lived with them in the Buena Vista village until I completed my secondary school education. I have three siblings: two boys who are older than me and a younger sister. Thanks to God, my brothers still serve Him. They are studying at the university. My younger sister is in elementary school. It is difficult for my parents to support us all, because of the expenses of the university studies of my brothers and me and because of some debts we have. But my dad does everything possible so that we do not lack anything. He works as a builder and my mother is a teacher. I thank God, because He’s proved to me that in the midst of trials, He gives me strength to follow Him and, even more, to love Him and to be thankful to Him every day.

Describe your childhood community environment: My childhood was beautiful at church and in the school. My challenge was always to learn Bible verses at church, and also to get good grades in the school. I always liked singing with other children at special events that the child development center would organize.

What are some of your personal interests and passions? I like listening to music, teaching children at Sunday school, doing choreographies, giving advice to my friends, helping others in what I can, traveling, and praying.

What is your vision for your time in the Leadership Development Program? I joined LDP in 2013. The truth is that I am very much interested in learning about everything related to God, and I would like to be able to say every day that I have done something for Him. A leader is shaped every day, and I would like to be shaped as a leader wherever I am.

Tell us about your spiritual, physical and academic goals for the next few years: My goals are to be a blessing to others, to reflect the love of God in me, and to be passionate about serving others, because to love God means to love others. My other goals are to have good health and to complete my studies with excellent grades.

Is there anything else you want to share? God helps and blesses those who help His children. There are two things that reach heaven: prayers and offerings. I will be always praying for you. Thank you and God bless you always.

How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? I accepted Christ as my Savior at a camp the Leadership Development Program organized for the child development center. It was when I was 15 years old.

What is God teaching you right now? He is teaching me to love others as He loved me. In the midst of trials He says to me, “Do not fear, my daughter, I am by your side always. I will never leave you, I will never forsake you. My eyes are on you.”

Describe the impact Compassion has had on your personal and spiritual development: Compassion helped me know God better every day, through the devotionals and preaching we had at the child development center.

How are you currently serving in your local church? I teach Sunday school. I am part of the leadership of the youth group. I also serve by doing different activities.

Who has had the most influence on your life and why? My parents brought me up in a Christian home; they have cared for me, no matter what. A brother in my church named Victor has always gotten me involved in church activities, and he continues doing so. He’s also given me advice and encouragement. Brother Luis (my pastor) and his wife taught me many things during my childhood.

What challenges do you think you will face during your university experience? One challenge is to meet my goal of helping others as I have been helped. Another one is to share with my friends about the love of God and to be a good testimony for them.

What are some of the problems in your community? The common problems in my community are poverty, lack of values, and people who have no interest in God.

How do you hope to use your future career and leadership skills to be a servant leader and help your community, church and country? I will allow people to see what God's done in me, so that they can accept Him. In my church I want to always help and give my best to serve others.

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