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Valdez, Nathalie A.

Valdez, Nathalie A.

  • Advance # 3022519

Serving At: Metropolitan Ministries

Home Country: United States

This missionary has ended service. The Advance number will remain active until December 31, 2020.

Nathalie Valdez is a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries, engaged in a two-year term of service. She was commissioned on Aug. 23, 2019.

The Global Mission Fellows program takes young adults ages 20-30 out of their home environments and places them in new contexts for mission experience and service. The program has a strong emphasis on faith and justice. Global Mission Fellows become active parts of their new local communities. They connect the church in mission across cultural and geographical boundaries. They grow in personal and social holiness and become strong young leaders working to build just communities in a peaceful world.

Born in San Bernardino, California, and raised In Malvern, Arkansas, Nathalie is a member of Second Baptist Church, Malvern. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice, with a minor in sociology, from Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She also earned a certificate of forensics from Henderson State University. She has worked in customer service, in the food-service industry, as a correctional officer and as a summer intern.

“I was bullied at school,” Nathalie said. After a friend’s suicide, Nathalie struggled with depression and considered taking her own life. “The whole time I was dealing with this,” she continued, “the church was there for me. I was able to understand fully what it meant to be saved through the love of Christ.”  Appreciating her volunteer experiences with the Ozark Missionary Project, Nathalie wanted to do more outside the Wesley Foundation mission trip, “but there was no way I was able to go, no matter how hard I tried,” she said. An opportunity to do mission work in Tyler, Texas, didn’t seem right for her. “I know this is cliché,” she said, “but it seems there have been signs in order to get me to [apply for Global Mission Fellows].”

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