Eight years ago, in Argentina, a Catholic young woman was studying to be an English teacher, little realizing God’s plans for her future. To Vanesa, studying in America seemed like an impossible dream, yet step by step, God led her to Hartland College. Through her grandmother, she was introduced to the Seventh-day Adventist Church and started attending; then an invitation to a seminar brought her in contact with Dr. Colin Standish, who encouraged her to train as a missionary at Hartland. Being accepted into the Missionary Training Fund (MTF) made the dream a reality, and Vanesa became a media major—excited to use her artistic and communication talents for the Lord. However, God had more to reveal about her calling.
Four years before, Vanesa had suffered a partial loss of vision in one eye, and it soon became obvious that working in media would place too much strain on her eyes. This was a devastating blow because of her love for media work. God impressed her to change her major to Bible instruction, and after much prayer, Vanesa decided to take a leap of faith and “trust Him because He is in control.”
With her new Bible work focus, Vanesa has found that the multifaceted training she is receiving at Hartland gives her some valuable tools. She enjoys the combination of theoretical classes and practical outreach experiences, and is especially pleased that the health outreach classes have shown her practical ways to minister to nonbelievers. As Vanesa puts it, “We need to live the Bible because in some cases, we are going to be the only Bible some people will ever have.” She now realizes her calling is to become a “true medical missionary,” combining her Bible work with simple health ministry to reach hearts in Argentina.
To MTF donors, Vanesa says, “I would like to thank you all, from the bottom of my heart, for being so Christ-like and faithful. I can assure you that your blessings upon me and my fellow students have been a tangible miracle we will never forget. Your Christ-like kindness is opening more doors, reaching more people, and winning more souls than you can ever imagine. Every penny you invest in the MTF is valuable and is bearing fruit that has an eternal reward. Please, continue to help us finish the work so we can all go home.”