My relationship with the Galloways has been growing for a while now. Chance was my softball coach, I was a teachers assistant for Dee Dee one year, I went to high school with Mitch and Catherine, I was a leader in Jessie's youth group and I met Alan when I was playing softball. It intrigued me when I found out they were going to Bulgaria for missions and I told them that I would go visit. And so I did!
The first time I went to Bulgaria was in June of 2012. It was my first international missions trip. Working with the Galloways and the ministry they do with the Roma people truly opened up my eyes and my heart to the calling of missions that God put in my life ever since a young age. I realized working with them and their ministry the calling I had and I followed that calling and I have been doing ministry in multiple countries ever since then. I was in Honduras for about a year before I went through some really tough times of anxiety, depression, etc due to some of the stuff that happened there. I came home to Columbus in March of 2014z I was in a bad place. Confused, lonely, sad. I didn't know where to turn. My ministry calling has always been very obvious but I didn't know where the next step would be. Many different ministries were turning me away. Then, I spoke to the Galloways. They knew my calling and they said "come to Bulgaria, we could use some extra help". So I bought my plane tickets, and went! I was there for three months. I was able to see the day to day life of Dee Dee and Chance as career missionaries. As I am on my path to become a career missionary myself (now along with my future husband) I have been able to see how different missionary couples, individuals, and families function. The Galloways have been my role models on my journey. I have learned from them just by watching them live their lives. The way they handle each situation with biblical truth, the way the treat and interact with the Bulgarian and Roma people, the lessons and things that they teach not only the natives but to their family, it's all so inspiring...and they don't even know it! They welcomed me into their home with open arms, and shared with me about their ministry and lives with humble hearts. They aren't perfect, but the celebrate their imperfections. They teach and stress Gods grace. The one thing that really helped me more than anything during those hard times was talks and devotions we had about our Gods grace.
I have personal goals that I want to reach in my life. One of those is to follow in the footsteps of the Galloways. Which is really just following Jesus footsteps. They love like He loves. They let Him speak through them. They are great examples of missionaries that I would love to be like someday!