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Azaria Spencer - Guatemala

I feel passionate about loving and empowering those whom society has pushed aside, like children who have been abandoned, orphaned or abused – children who God loves. Or women who the world has deemed worthless, yet who God has called his own. Or people who suffer because they are somehow different or disabled – people may fear others who are not like themselves, but God chooses us, not despite our imperfections but because of them.

My call has led me to Guatemala and ministry with street children and young people at risk. I can only describe this as from God because it could have never popped into my head on its own.

Call 

Serving people whom society shuns. I have a desire to share Christ with others and empower people to find their own voices, particularly children and vulnerable women.

Role 

Working with street children and young people at risk in Guatemala City.

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I am working with Street Kids Direct, a charity offering street children and young people at risk the opportunity to receive mentoring and be equipped with other life skills and helping them to make positive life choices. Specifically, I am coordinating the work of the centre including being in charge of their work with children and young people. The centre is in an area of the city called La Terminal and in 2016 they had an average of 25 children coming to the centre and 25 in the mentoring programme but it is growing all the time. Alongside the centre, Street Kids Direct have plans to open a protection house which will provide a short-term refuge for children at risk and further opportunities for mentoring and development.

At the age of 12, I asked Jesus into my life. I first felt the call to overseas mission when I was 14 on a trip to Romania, which was followed by a trip to India when I was 16. In India God broke my heart for those suffering in poverty. God led me to study for a degree in theology for ministry. I want to help others to learn about God and disciple people into fuller relationships with him.

Having my call confirmed by others has been humbling and exciting. Being in partnership with Church Mission Society is a blessing because of the support and accountability created as people like me are enabled to minister overseas, developing relationships in God’s worldwide Church.

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