Train up a child in the way she should go. And when she is old she will not depart from it. ~ Proverbs 22:5-7
I was raised in a rough neighborhood southeast of Houston. I came to know God as my Father through a church bus ministry. As a single parent, my mom taught me hard work and modeled servanthood. She showed me the heart of Christ by helping others. We didn't have much but mom taught us to be generous with what we had. You could call me tenacious and extremely goal oriented. I was determined to excel as a student and make the most of high school. God carried me through those years and opened the doors to my future.
Off to College
For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
~ Luke 11:10
Just after graduation from high school I married the most awesome husband ever, Sutton MacGregor. God blessed me with the opportunity to go to Auburn University, a great engineering school in Alabama. Auburn is located near Ft. Benning, GA where Sutton was stationed in the Army. In college I realized that God had definitely given me the mind of an engineer. Even though I had to work my butt off to make good grades I found myself often tutoring my fellow students. After four and a half grueling years I graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering.
If it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully. ~ Romans 12:8
I was offered an engineering job to design printers with Lexmark International in Lexington, KY. It was there that I honed my engineering skills. I had the opportunity to coordinate projects and train other engineers both in the US and overseas. Lexmark generously paid for my master's degree work at the University of Kentucky. During that time God lead me to pursue helping others by using my skills in missionary work.
Found My Calling
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. ~ Romans 8:28
While working on my master's degree God introduced me to a man named Walt Ratterman. I attended a seminar he gave about designing and installing solar systems in developing countries. As I listened to him I realized that God was leading me to solar missions. Walt then graciously mentored me in the design of a solar power system for my master's project. Tragically he died in Haiti's massive earthquake. He was there doing humanitarian work. Meeting Walt was a God encounter that changed my life. After completing my project my professor introduced me to SonLight Power. I went on my first mission trip with them to Honduras in 2009. Upon returning to my office at Lexmark I realized that designing printers just wouldn't cut it anymore. I was called to be a solar missionary.
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. ~ 1 Peter 4:11
I left Lexmark, even though it was our primary source of income, and focused on my calling to help others with solar. In between mission trips I found some work in KY designing and installing solar systems. Through that experience I broadened my knowledge about types of installations. That experience also qualified me to get my NABCEP certification which is highly desired in the solar industry. Shortly after this time my husband and I were led to return to Texas. While working with our church and taking on biblical studies we were appointed as associate pastors of our congregation. Concurrently, the solar mission work expanded rapidly. Between numerous mission trips and ministry work, life became very full!
Living in Honduras
Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I. Send me!" ~ Isaiah 6:8
Sutton and I are now living to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Check out the Honduras tab for more information.