My gap year in missions ~ Amelia Grace
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My name is Amelia Delorenzo, and I am a missionary kid.
My parents, Mike and Renee, have served with Africa Inland Mission (AIM) since 1997; most of that time was spent in East Africa, and more recently they’ve been working at the head office in Peachtree City, Georgia. I was raised in Nairobi, Kenya, where we lived until 2015. When I was eight years old I accepted the Lord as my savior, and since then I’ve thought of little else but following my parents’ footsteps and pursuing a life of ministry. Those desires have developed into something deeper as I’ve grown in my relationship with the Lord.
I graduated from high school in May 2017, and have been accepted to Toccoa Falls College in Georgia, where I will be double majoring in Bible and Theology and Intercultural Studies, starting the fall of 2018. My hope is that those two focuses will help round my knowledge of God’s Word and better prepare me to go out into the world. But before I begin that chapter, I’ve decided to take a year between high school and college to prayerfully consider the direction God wants me to take, get some first-hand experience with ministry, and hopefully learn things that I may not be able to learn in a classroom.
7 months at the “ends of the earth”
Before I even began my summer in Clarkston, I also accepted a short-term position with AIM in Madagascar. This assignment will run for seven months, from October 2017 to May 2018.
I will be departing in October to serve a church planting team among the Antakarana people of Nosy Mitsio, an island off of Madagascar. My roll will be that of a homeschool teacher to four missionary kids, to provide more opportunities for their parents to immerse themselves in the community and their ministry. I am acquainted with both families and have been able to get to know them more through Skype, and I am so excited to be a part of their team, even if just for a little while. They are Steve & Bekah Orner (and their children Ruthie, Doug, and Heather) and Adam & Lora Willard (and their sons Matimu and David).
The Antakarana people live in the northern tip of Madagascar and the islands beyond. They live simple lives as fishermen and rice farmers in a tropical paradise. But it is also a life of spiritual bondage. They profess to be Muslims, but in reality it is the spirits of their ancestors that they worship and fear. As it stands now, they are an “unreached people group” – which is defined as a group within which 2% (or less) of the indigenous population are believers able to evangelize those around them.
The Willards and Orners have spent the past two years making Nosy Mitsio their home, learning the language and building relationships. Now, as they return, they will continue to seek relevant and fruitful ways of sharing the gospel with their friends and neighbors. This is a stepping-stone in Africa Inland Mission’s vision and prayer for the Antakarana: to see an indigenous church spring up from Nosy Mitsio and spread out until all the Antakarana have heard.
God is so creative, powerful, and good; I feel privileged that I have the opportunity to watch Him work through these humble servants, and I am so honored that I can be a small part of it.
If you would like to be a part of what AIM is doing in this little corner of the world, please consider supporting me in this endeavor.
October 2017 – May 2018
Take a tour of the island on Google maps
8 weeks in america’s “most diverse square mile”
God has opened up some exciting doors for me. I was accepted with AIM as a short-term missionary to take part in an 8-week missions internship in Clarkston, Georgia this summer. Clarkston has been described as the “most diverse square mile in America” – it is a city where refugees from all over the world come to as their first step into life in America. They face many challenges and the opportunities to minister among them are endless. This summer I’ll be with AIM and Global Frontier Missions (GFM) to live and work alongside ethnic churches and intercity missionaries as they serve among the 90+ unreached people groups right here in Georgia.
[I completed this internship at the end of July. You can read my newsletters for some news on how the summer went. Next stop: Madagascar…]
May 27 – July 26 2017
- Summer internship in Clarkson, GA 100%
- 7 months serving in Madagascar 100%
updated September 9
Thank you to everyone who helped me meet my support target by Sep 8th! AIM has now purchased my flight ticket for departure on October 7th. Any additional support that comes in can be used for reimbursable expenses or any unexpected costs while I’m on the field.
Feel free to contact me if you have questions. Thank you!
“If you love people, you will want for them more than anything else the maximum eternal joy of knowing God as Savior in Jesus Christ. And if you love God, you will want nothing more than that his glory be known and enjoyed and magnified by the salvation of as many people as possible. It is the genius and beauty and wonder of God’s redemption that the pursuit of the lost and the pursuit of God’s glory are one pursuit.” —John Piper