Languages spoken, read and written: Spanish
What was your family life like? My family consists of five people: my mother, father, two siblings and myself. We are all Christians. My mom is a homemaker, my dad works in construction and my siblings are students.
Describe your childhood community environment: In school I was very friendly and kind, both with people from my church and the community.
What are some of your personal interests and passions? My interests are to study for a career, be a professional, and have a great ministry. My passions are to have a car, an apartment and a permanent job.
What is your vision for your time in the Leadership Development Program? I have been in the program since August 2012. I have learned that I can serve others without expecting anything in return. This has been very good to help me understand what servant leadership is. In the worship group at church, I shared with the children and helped the tutors. In my community, a group of us developed activities for the future LDP students of Medellin.
Tell us about your spiritual, physical and academic goals for the next few years: I want to have a firm relationship with God and serve in church. I want to join a soccer team. I want to know more about my career and apply the knowledge I have acquired. Eventually, in God's will, I hope to have a life with the person God has for me.
Is there anything else you want to share? I would like you to pray for my performance in the university. Pray also that I will relate to others better every day.
How did you come to accept Christ as your personal Savior? From the time I was very little, my mom guided my on the Christian path. When I was 12, I decided to follow Christ, not because of my mom but because the Lord took hold of my life and taught me to live for Him.
What is God teaching you right now? The Lord is teaching me to wait in Him. At this moment, I feel like God is always there to take care of me.
Describe the impact Compassion has had on your personal and spiritual development: Compassion has shaped my life by coming alongside and supporting me, both spiritually and economically. I really enjoyed the experience in LDP camp. I have been able to apply my knowledge to handle the money that God gives me. I am very satisfied with the knowledge I get every day at the university.
How are you currently serving in your local church? I lead the worship team.
Who has had the most influence on your life and why? Mery Mejia, because she has understood and comprehended some areas of my life as young person and ministry leader.
What challenges do you think you will face during your university experience? My time at the university has been awesome because of the people I have known, even though it’s been difficult to work with people who think differently. The great challenge I have is that I don’t relate to others easily and generally, I don’t have friends. To overcome this challenge, I have had to be friendlier and learn to trust people more, without expecting anything in return. I have gone to God for help in changing this in my life.
What are some of the problems in your community? Violence and lack of tolerance.
How do you plan to use your degree and leadership skills to address the problems in your community and advance the kingdom of God? I will share Christ's love and character, be a role model, and show that there are no problems that cannot be overcome with Christ.