In 2008 Ashley lived in China and worked as an English Teacher and missionary. While building friendships with people and sharing God’s radical grace, her heart came alive. In a world that is quick to assess worth based on accomplishments, successes, wealth and popularity, she loved sharing the truth that people don’t need to change to be worthy of God’s love and connection.
While living in China she read the book, “Always Enough” by Heidi Baker. The book documents Heidi and her husband Rolland’s work in Africa amongst some of the poorest people on earth. Throughout the book, Heidi shares God’s miraculous provision and healing power in the most desperate circumstances. Reading this book combined with her time in China proved invaluable for Ashley to realize her true calling in life; she was to move to Africa and minister to others in the name of Jesus Christ.
After returning home she continued to go on short-term mission trips, taking several trips to South Africa, Spain, Mexico, and Haiti. In 2016 she quit her job, and traveled to Uganda for three months, to serve as a missionary with Show Mercy International. Ashley fell in love with Africa and it confirmed that her calling was to move there as a missionary. She returned to the States to get her affairs in order to return where God called her.
As she was praying about where to return, an amazing opportunity presented itself and in January 2019 she is moving to Mozambique to be a missionary with a non-profit called The Liberty Project (https://www.the-libertyproject.org/). She will be working with women who have been exploited, abused and cast aside, teaching them about their identity and worth. Ashley will help them gain education and job skills so they can have sustainable futures, free from selling their bodies to get their basic needs met. The Bible calls us to go to all the Earth preaching the good news and Ashley’s desire is to follow the Great Commission and set captives free.
1 Corinthians 9:16: “For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”