One of Our Own Takes A Great Adventure for Jesus

Kate Rolffs has followed her heart and found her mission.

As our very own homegrown missionary, Kate will be serving with World Race Gap Year, a program of Adventures in Missions, through September of next year. Kate joins 36 other 18-20-year-olds for this nine-month journey to Swaziland, Thailand, and Nicaragua.

While on this adventure, Kate’s activities will include serving children orphaned by AIDS in Africa, victims of human trafficking in Asia, and teaching English to street children in Latin America.

Her calling to serve has been nurtured by the community here at FUMC Peoria. It all started with family mission trips to Dulac, Louisiana when she was just 6 years old. Next came church sponsored trips to Cincinnati, St. Louis, the Czech Republic, Liberia, and Northern Ireland.

When reflecting on the impact of FUMC, Kate’s mom, Julie Rolffs, reminds us all, “YOU are a part of Kate’s story! YOU helped raise up this young woman to answer God’s call upon her life.”

In a recent social media post, Kate expressed her heart for the work she is doing saying, “Never thought I’d be the girl worshiping at a bus stop. Or singing my heart out in the middle of the airport. Never thought I’d be journaling on a bus because I just can’t contain my excitement for the Lord and what He’s been showing me.

Never thought I’d learn how to evangelize and be stretched out of my comfort zone… no way i could do any of this without (Jesus). No way I would want to do this without Him. No way I would have the strength and peace I have about four entire days of travel to finally get my feet on Swazi soil. But Jesus…”

You can follow along with Kate’s journey by subscribing to her blog www.katerolffs.theworldrace.org. Click on “Subscribe for Updates.”