Team Position: Team Leader
Scheduled Teams: Ecuador, Zimbabwe
Home State: California
Family Facts: I’m the middle of five, with two older sisters and two younger brothers.
Favorite Country: I love both Myanmar and Ecuador.
Strangest food I’ve ever eaten: Chicken head or dog… both were in Asia.
I never travel without… A knife, a camera, and a bunch of snacks.
Me in 12 Words or Less: Unashamed Christian, photographer, firm in faith without compromise.
I’m currently a studying biologist who loves to broaden my knowledge about medicine and technology. I have a deep passion for photography and enjoy playing all sports. I love a good personal conversation, while encouraging others to lean on God for their strength. I’ve seen God move in my own life, so I’m always trying to share that love and lesson with others.
My first mission trip was to Ecuador in 2017. Since then I’ve traveled to Southeast Asia and South America several times with Global Encounters for mission trips. I have a huge heart for struggling kids and want to see the Holy Spirit move in the countries I visit.
My favorite Bible passage comes out of the book of Matthew: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?” (Matt. 6:26-27 NKJV) This verse has been a pivotal staple in my life. It’s a reminder that no matter what happens, God is always in control and knows all.
HOLDEN'S PERSPECTIVE ON INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY:
International ministry has been something that’s been on my heart for most of my life. My dad did missions and hearing stories of them made me want to pursue God’s command to share the gospel with every nation. Every mission trip I’ve been on has sharpened my faith and I come back learning more about who God is. Most of my greatest memories and stories have come from serving with fellow believers in other countries, these moments have truly shaped who I am today.
I believe mission work has been overshadowed in modern times and needs to be revived, with believers having a courageous heart to share the gift of salvation worldwide. I’m grateful for all the people I’ve met and the lessons I’ve learned through international children’s ministry. I pray God continues to use me to do His will with mission trips.