In December 2019, Victoria’s internship status was extended. She is assisting IM’s mobilization team with College Missions Programs, developing discipleship programs, recruiting, and investing in the lives of college students interested in missions.
Appointed as a short-term intern to Kenya in April 2017, Victoria worked with Eddy and Amanda Simmons among the Samburu people. Using her nursing skills to minister to the physical needs of the semi-nomadic people group, her first year primarily consisted of clinical ministry, seeing between 20-35 people each day. After receiving training in CHE (community health evangelism/education), she began teaching women about basic sanitary and health processes. She worked with Eunice, a Samburu woman, to add discipleship and Bible storying to the weekly sessions. She saw tremendous results as she met with two groups of women and students in an elementary school.
Kenya, located on the eastern coast of Africa, is cited as 40% evangelical Christian. However, at least 30 unreached people groups numbering close to 5.4 million individuals populate the country. The Simmons and Victoria reside in an isolated region of the country and use chronological Bible storying to share the gospel with the unreached Samburu tribe.
Born into a Christian family with God-honoring parents, Victoria grew up knowing it was important to put God first. Although she prayed to accept Christ as at an early age, Victoria marks a youth conference during her early teen years as the time she fully accepted Christ as Savior. She experienced a hunger for God’s Word and began to study the Bible with a friend. Shortly thereafter, Victoria felt the Holy Spirit nudging her toward missions.
Victoria participated in E-TEAM (a summer missions experience for high school students) traveling to Panama in 2010. She traveled to Mexico on a mission trip with her church as well. During her teen years, she served in various capacities in her church, worked as a camp counselor, and acted as chaplain of her senior class.
Victoria attended Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida, where she studied nursing. She participated in three medical mission trips to Honduras, experiencing firsthand the opportunities meeting medical needs offered for sharing the gospel. In 2014, Victoria traveled with the Simmons to Kenya and served the Samburu. This experience sparked her desire to serve for a longer term among this needy people.
She graduated in 2015 with her Bachelor’s in Science in Nursing (BSN). Returning to North Carolina, she worked as a trauma-certified RN in a local hospital for two years.
Cramerton Free Will Baptist, Gastonia, North Carolina
Updated December 16, 2019
-Pray that the CHE (community health evangelism) groups I began will continue to meet regularly
-Pray the health lessons I taught will continue to be implemented and make a difference in the lives of the Samburu people
-Pray the women in the CHE groups will grow in their relationships with Christ and share what they learn with others
-Pray my Samburu teammate Eunice will have wisdom in how to most effectively disciple the CHE women
-Pray the groups that gather weekly worship will grow in their faith and the leaders will disciple them well
-Pray for more men to step up and lead their families and people in God’s ways
-Pray for wisdom and guidance in every decision as I transition to Nashville and begin this new ministry opportunity with college students