Melissa Karges hails from Dayton, Nevada, and although “international experience” was limited in this small town, a passion grew in her to increase the population of heaven.
Melissa served for six years as an English teacher and relationship builder in Hungary. Three of those years were with the LCMS Office of International Mission before becoming a part of the inaugural Mission of Christ Network Mission Partner team. Melissa left Hungary to spend a year in the USA finishing a Masters Degree in School Counseling, which she is now using to serve the Lord at Bingham Academy, an international Christian school, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
As a part of the team bringing quality Christian education to the city, Melissa has the chance to embody the love of Christ caring for the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of students from all over the world. She encourages students who come from a believing background as well as is a light to those who have yet to know Jesus, and she also has a chance to reach out to the surrounding community.
Any funds raised that exceed Mission Partner’s agreed upon stipend amount will become the property of MCN. In the alternative, excess funds may be used to support Mission Partner in missional activities under a new MOU, or Mission Partner may assign, after consultation with the Executive Director, any excess funds to one or more Mission Partners who are in good standing with MCN. The purpose for this is that any funds raised are to support missional activities throughout the world, and not for the financial benefit of MCN.