Julia Wofford is a Masters of Occupational Therapy Student from the University of New Mexico. After raising her four children working as a high school math and Spanish teacher, she served for two years as a volunteer in the Amazon basin of Ecuador planting churches among the indigenous Quichua people.
On her return to the United States, she began the journey to becoming an occupational therapist to work with marginalized populations both at home and abroad. The opportunity to partner with GOT ministries for fieldwork was a natural step forward in her ability to serve the indigenous peoples of Latin America.
Hello there! My name is Abigail and I am thrilled to be serving with GOT ministries this Spring. When I first met Megan at the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) conference in 2017, I immediately felt called to pursue a partnership with GOT. I first learned about occupational therapy in the pediatrics environment; while throughout my schooling I have experienced OT in a variety of fields, I am excited to finish my degree by working with kiddos. Also, how cool is it that I will be completing academic requirements AND experiencing a beautiful and exciting culture AND joining with GOT Ministries to share Christ’s love?
I am currently finishing up by Master’s degree in OT from Towson University in Baltimore, MD. I love to read, cook, jog, swim, and travel, and I love to teach and share these activities with others. I feel abundantly blessed to be on this journey.
My name is Sarahi Lerma. I am an occupational therapy student from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor's degree in life sciences and a minor in sociology.
My family comes from several small towns in Mexico with limited resources for appropriate healthcare services, such as therapies, and I have personally experienced how this has a great impact on quality of life. Through these experiences I have found my love for occupational therapy and I am very passionate about giving back to communities with limited resources in sustainable ways.
In the past I have volunteered and worked in programs for children with special needs such as summer camps, special events, foster care, respite care and habilitation services. For the past 2 years I have been gymnastics instructor helping kiddos from the ages of 4 months to 12 years grow physical, social and cognitive skills in a positive and non-competitive environment. I am very excited to work with GOT Ministries to learn new skills that will help me become a better servant leader and for the opportunity to work with amazing kiddos.
I have volunteered and worked for various organizations which support this population including summer camps, after school programs, and respite work. I got my bachelor’s in Signed Language Interpretation and worked for the public schools for a short time before beginning graduate school. When I heard about the opportunity to travel to Guatemala with GOT ministries I knew that it would be an incredible way to learn and give back.
I feel excited about the chance to learn another language, experience a new culture, and challenge myself.
Admeth, from Northern Arizona University,
will be partnering with GOT Ministries to serve our kiddos in February.
He needs your help!
My name is Admeth Vargas; I was born and raised in Fresno California. I was drawn into health care from an early age, born into a family of migrant agriculture laborers; the rehabilitation field was both respected and profoundly feared. I witnessed fear within my community and wanted to understand the body so as to dispel the irrational trepidation. As a therapist, I hope to improve the community perception of occupational therapy and utilize my training to help the quality of life of others. My studies of the human body have challenged me in such a way that no other field could offer, and yielded rewards even greater as I have the opportunity to have a lasting impact on the people I encounter on my journey. My experiences have taught me that this remarkable profession of Occupational Therapy goes far beyond the bounds of diagnosis and treatment: it is devotion to a life of teaching, continuous learning, and sacrifice, but most important of all, service is a commitment I have accepted. I anxiously await the day I may immerse myself in the study of therapy and patient care among like-minded and compassionate peers.
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Melanie will be serving with GOT Ministries starting next week, 9/6/17, for 12 weeks at the New Life School. We are so excited to have her; her passion for others and the Lord will serve our kiddos well. She is a lovely addition to the GOT Ministries OT team from Maryville University. Welcome, Melanie! Stay tuned for stories of her adventures and work with GOT Ministries!
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