Lisa has been serving in Lima, Peru since September, 2013. Lisa uses her experience as an occupational therapist to serve the disability community and their families in a variety of ways under the leadership of a local church in Lima called Camino de Vida. These include:
• Providing occupational therapy to children with special needs for low income families in the church community center.
• Providing occupational therapy and other activities for children at an orphanage for children with special needs.
• Leading a special needs ministry (which she initiated and created) for children with special needs and their families who attend Camino de Vida.
• Serving as part of the team in the church's outreach department that delivers donated wheelchairs from Free Wheelchair Mission to those who have a mobility impairment. These individuals not only receive the gift of mobility but the opportunity to receive Jesus into their hearts as well.
• Assists with organizing and hosting short term mission teams who come from the U.S. to serve alongside Camino de Vida, serving those in the community who have disabilities.
• Serves as a mentor on the missionary intern team at Camino de Vida, which receives and mentors college-aged interns from other countries who come to experience longer term missions for five months with the church.
While serving in all these activities, Lisa is able to demonstrate the love of Christ through her actions and encourage the people she comes in contact with to become part of the local church, so they can grow in their relationship with Christ.
Lisa grew up in Kinsman, Ohio, and lived in Ohio for a few years after college working as an occupational therapist in various locations. She moved to the Chicago area as an adult and spent 10 years working in a pediatric therapy clinic, where she received incredible mentorship to improve her therapy skills to be able to work with a broad spectrum of children with special needs.
In May of 2010 she decided to go on a mission trip to Peru to give wheelchairs to those in need with Free Wheelchair Mission and Camino de Vida. In that first trip, Lisa learned that many families cannot afford the cost of therapy for their children due to their extreme lack of financial resources. She also learned that occupational therapy is very limited with only one college providing graduates for all of Peru. It was then that she felt God calling her back to Peru under the leadership of the church Camino de Vida. Lisa has a bachelor of science degree in Occupational Therapy from Gannon University.
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