Hi friends and family! For those of you who may have not met me yet, my name is Karissa Woods and I am about to embark on a year long journey to live among the beautiful people of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. I am a recent graduate of the University of Arizona with a degree in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I love science and medicine, but more than anything I love people! Over the past 4 years at the University of Arizona I have had the wonderful opportunity to be involved in a ministry called CRU (formerly known as Campus Crusade for Christ) and I have been so incredibly blessed by the relationships I have developed with the students in the ministry and the many ways the Lord has stretched me and grown me over the course of my undergrad years. As I was entering my senior year and praying about what steps I was going to take next into the future, I realized I had so many plans of my own, but hadn’t given them to God. As I really began to pray about this, I could feel the Lord really putting on my heart that is was time to really trust in Him and give Him my future in faith knowing that there is no other place I would rather be than within His will. At this time the Lord began to put on my heart a desire to go to Africa and the doors began to open for my year long internship to South Africa. Crazy as it seems, the Lord also opened a door this past summer in June to go to Uganda with a medical team. It was a life changing trip and really a defining point for me where the Lord revealed the heart He has given me to serve in South Africa and really devote my time to His full-time ministry. Over the course of the next year we will be living in Port Elizabeth and ministering to the students of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU). Our prayer is that students may come to have a personal relationship with their savior and would know how to tangibly share the gospel with those around them. I am so excited for the wonderful journey God has in the coming year and I would love it if you would join me! If you would like to hear more about my trip or have any questions please feel free to email me at kbella2211@gmail.com. Also, if you would like to  partner with me to reach the students of Port Elizabeth, SA you can give online at https://give.ccci.org/give/View/0646505 . I look forward to all that lies in the year ahead and I am truly blessed by all of your love, encouragement and support! You are all a blessing!

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