Monday, March 25, 2013

Introducing Ericka

Q.  What are some of your interests, gifts, hobbies, outside of missions?
I spend most of my free time with my family and friends. I have recently learned to ride a motorcycle and enjoy doing that with my dad. I spend a lot of time during the summer at the pool. I like being outdoors. I love trying new things and traveling. I have been skydiving and ziplinning and would do either activity anytime. I am always up for an adventure!

Q.  What kind of work do you do (or did you do if you are retired)?
I am an Intervention Specialist at an elementary school. I am also a receptionist at a hair salon part-time.  
Q.  Have you been to the Pine Ridge Reservation before? If so, how many years?
I have been on the trip before. This will be my 8th year going to Pine Ridge.

Q.  Have you been involved with other mission trips before? If so, where have you gone?
I have not been on any other mission trips. Some day, I hope to go on other trips but right now I feel very blessed and fortunate to be participating as a member of the Pine Ridge Mission Team.

Q.  Why are you interested in Pine Ridge as an outreach?
When I first signed up for the Pine Ridge Mission Trip, I felt that it was a good mission trip to start out with. I liked that it was in the United States. I also liked that we were going to be delivering backpacks to the children and promoting education along with hope for a better future. Amber had told me that the trip was mostly about forming relationships and a lot of the relationship building was with children. Since I truly value education and love working with children, it sounded like the perfect trip for me. After going on the trip the first year and seeing the relationships that other crew members had built, I knew I wanted to continue being a part of it. I return every year to continue building the relationships with the amazing children that I have met on the rez.
Q. What is the thing you are most looking forward to about this trip?
I am most looking forward to seeing the kids and spending time with them. I enjoy getting to know the crew and the experiences that we go through as a team.
Q.  How can people best pray for you as you prepare for this trip?
Pray that I listen and follow God's lead with confidence in situations that I am put in during the trip. There are always situations on the trip that put me outside of my comfort zone and challenge me. During those times, I hope that I know what to say and do to show God's love.