My name is Graciela Medina. I am from eastern Ecuador. I am 23 years old. I came to know the Lord through Compassion International. My parents separated when I was 7, and at that time, Compassion International began to sponsor me. Since then, God has been molding my life through this program and the Church.
When I was 17 years old, I received a very strong call of the Lord and starting serving as a Sunday School teacher for the 5-year-olds. As time went on, I was a part of the worship team and then the worship leader. At the same time I served as the NYI president for one year.
I was presented with the opportunity to study at the Seminary. After one month of prayer, God confirmed that He was calling me to prepare. Now I am in my third year of study. During this time I have experienced a lot of emotional highs and lows; however, God continues to lift me up, and I continue to serve Him with excellence and dedication.
This year, along with other Seminary students, we are planting a church in Quito. The people in this community are very poor and don’t know God. This makes me very sad, but I want to share the salvation message with them. We are discipling about 50 children and about 11 adolescents. Through this process, I believe God is calling me to disciple adults. My focus is to be a teacher and, at the same time, pastor a local church. I will continue to serve as long as there is life in me.