Whatever is true … think of such things. — Philippians 4:8 (NIV)
Three truths drive Amber Bocquin to serve the Lord in Ukraine: the truth of what Jesus has done, the truth of who he has made her to be and the truth of his heart for all people.
A native of Kansas and Iowa, Amber is blessed to have grown up in a Christian family. In high school, she flourished in academics and sports while taking ownership of her faith in Jesus. Though flourishing, she struggled with the common question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
During the next eight years, she attempted to answer this as she jumped back and forth between design-related programs and mathematics.
From 2005 to 2009, Amber attended Judson University in Elgin, Illinois, where she played soccer and earned a degree in mathematics. While there, she entered a period of intense spiritual struggle. But God saw her through it, and as a result, she discovered the fullness of Jesus’ saving grace!
With degree in hand but uncertain of her future, she started to study urban planning in Wisconsin. After a year, she moved to Fayetteville, Arkansas, where she earned a master’s degree in mathematics while teaching at the University of Arkansas. Through the three years in Arkansas, Amber gained a greater understanding of who God made her to be. She also discovered that she loves teaching and investing in college-age students!
But God had been using her experiences to prepare her for an additional calling, missions. In April 2011, God called her to Ukraine, and he has given her a heart for Ukrainians!
Through One Mission Society, she visited Ukraine for three weeks in July 2012. This trip confirmed God’s calling for this season of Amber’s life, and she is very excited to join the ministry there. When she returns to Ukraine for two years, she will help lead English clubs geared toward university students. She hopes to inspire and challenge Ukrainian students to know Jesus more and, through His love, bring more people into God’s kingdom!