I remember the first time someone went through my grocery cart. I was in line to check out, and an elderly woman walked up to my cart and started looking intently at what I was going to purchase. She even picked through my items! “Really?” I thought, “has she honestly never seen someone who looks like me?” The answer to that question could be yes or no, but the reality is I am in the minority.
When Veronica moved from Ecuador to Thailand it certainly wasn't the kind of life choice she thought she would or could ever make. She's shy, and didn't really imagine herself learning and being pushed to speak two new languages at once to say nothing of immersing herself in a completely different culture. But Veronica loves numbers and being able to use her accounting skills to support the work of SIM while serving in a local Thai church proved to her that missions isn't only for outgoing, adventurous people.
With a deep desire to care for its children, the Sudan Interior Church has partnered with SIM to start a primary school, that educates and disciples those whom we pray will be the future leaders of South Sudan.
Appolinarie received healing from her traumatic experiences that took place during the Ruanda genocide more than 20 years ago. Now she helps other French-speaking refugees in Nairobi to deal with their trauma, through trauma healing groups.