Guatemala Field Missionary
Natalie Gillaspy is a graduate of Dallas Christian College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Intercultural Studies. For the past four years, she has worked in various areas ranging from church planting and children's ministry to restaurant management. Natalie speaks Spanish at a basic to intermediate level and working towards fluency every day.
At the age of 12, Natalie was already volunteering in children’s ministry at her church and even then, had a passion for seeing children fall in love with Jesus. She also sensed a call to serve God in full-time missions, therefore during high school and college, she gained ministry experience in Mexico, Africa, Guatemala, and stateside through church planting and children’s ministry.
In 2013 Natalie made her first short-term mission trip to Guatemala with Dallas Christian College to serve at Morning Glory Christian Academy. During this trip, Natalie was impacted by the incredible ministry she saw and experienced, so she returned in 2014 once again. During her second visit, she had the opportunity to get to know Lori Nij, Director of Morning Glory, and was inspired by her life and work. Her experiences came full circle in 2016 as she felt God pulling her to take the next steps towards serving internationally as a cross-cultural missionary. As she began praying and seeking guidance, Guatemala kept coming to mind. She reached out to her friend, Beka Hull, to hear her thoughts and learned about CEIBA VIDA’s need for a field missionary. The rest is history!
In January 2017, Natalie moved to San Raymundo, Guatemala, where she served for two years with Morning Glory Christian Academy and missionary with CEIBA VIDA.
In 2019, Natalie will spend the year on furlough in the United States so she can acquire additional education to help aid her work on the mission field.