Lauren is a recent graduate of Purdue University, who has her master's degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on Water Resources. Her bachelor's degree is also from Purdue in Agriculture Engineering and a focus on Environmental and Natural Resources.
When Lauren was a freshman at Purdue, God called her to international community development and water resources. She still remembers the call-out meeting that she attended where she learned about opportunities to serve developing communities with an engineering degree. Through different ministry opportunities in college, God grew Lauren's heart for missions, and it has been a life-long dream of hers to pursue international community development with an emphasis on mission.
During 2016, Lauren did an apprenticeship focused primarily on water resource projects at AfricaHope, a ministry of NMSI, in Kenya. It was during this time that Lauren knew God was calling her to continue her time with New International and serve on the Child Sponsorship team working as data analyst. Excited to use and develop new skills, this new role provides evidence of current needs within the community and program performance. This information informs Child Sponsorship's community projects and includes, although is not limited to water access and quality. Child Sponsorship is starting at AfricaHope, a ministry of NMSI, in Kenya. Lauren is excited to build upon her time in Kenya as an apprentice and serve the ministry and the Maasai community that she has grown to love.
Beginning in 2016 and throughout the course of 2017, Lauren has had an awesome additional opportunity to research and develop a water purification system appropriate for the Maasai household context in partnership with ECHO Global Farms, Florida Gulf Coast University, Aqua Clara, and CAWST. Lauren is very prayerful and hopeful that this BioSand Filter technology will meet water quality needs of the Maasai who live in a culture where less than 25% of people have access to clean water sources and household water treatment is virtually non-existent. By connecting the Maasai to resources like this water filter, Lauren hopes to increase the effectiveness of AfricaHope's ministry to the Maasai, building additional relationships and trust in which the Maasai can experience God's love and the Gospel can be communicated.
With New International since 2015