My name is Rachel Heideman. I grew up in Lynchburg, Virginia attending Forest Presbyterian Church where my faith was formed and fostered. I am a recent graduate of The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg with degrees in Spanish and Secondary Education. Through studying abroad in Spain for a semester and spending 4 summers working with Christian non-profit organizations in Honduras, God has solidified my passions for people, Spanish, and Jesus.
I would not be able to participate in this program without the incredible financial and prayerful support that my friends, family, and church family have shown me. During my YAV year in Peru, I will be living in the mountainous town of Huánuco working at Casa del Buen Trato, the only shelter for survivors of sexual and domestic abuse outside of Lima. I am particularly excited about the YAV program because of its focus on living in solidarity with the people whom I will serve. Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:8 “Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well”; I am incredibly excited to live life with my brothers and sisters in Peru, learning and growing with them!
The Young Adult Volunteer program is a year-long service program for young adults between ages 19 and 30. Read more about the YAV program here