Melanie Baggao, from Placentia, California, has been endorsed for service as a development worker by American Baptist International Ministries (IM). She will serve in Lebanon with IM partner, the Lebanese Society for Educational and Social Development.
Here is how Melanie explains her call to this ministry: “On a short term mission trip in high school, God called me to be a part of drawing others into His Kingdom. Fast forward a few years and I spent a college semester abroad in Egypt where I was drawn to the beauty and complexity of the Middle East. I believe that God has given me experiences in the Middle East and that His desire is to see Arabic-speaking Muslim women come to know and embrace Him.” She graduated from Biola University in 2002 with a B.A. in Intercultural Studies and Elementary Education. From 2005 – 2014, she was employed as a middle school teacher in Santa Fe Springs, California.
When asked what excites her most about her ministry prospect, Melanie said, “I cannot wait to be fluent in Arabic! I look forward to joining other Christ followers in ministry in the Middle East. I cannot wait to grow alongside them in community, while seeking God’s will together in such a wonderful place. I cannot wait to have friendships with Muslim women seeking Christ. I cannot wait to serve in a place I’ve been praying for so long and among people who have burdened my heart for over a decade. I can’t wait!”
Please include Melanie in your prayers. Words of encouragement for her may be sent to Melanie.Baggao @internationalministries.org. Her journals, photos and videos can be found at: http://www.international ministries.org/teams/683-baggao. Or, join her community on Facebook (search for Mel & Me).