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My name’s Maria and I’m a 1st year Christ in the City missionary from Arvada, CO.

What brought you to Christ in the City?

I have been involved with Christ in the City for many years. The missionaries were my youth leaders when I was young and invited me to serve with them often. Growing up in such a vibrant community of young people living for the Lord ignited my heart for mission. I have gotten a front row seat to the growth and impact Christ in the City has provided, not only for our friends on the streets but for the missionaries who have served. I can’t wait to help bring the joy of this mission to a new city!

What are you looking forward to?

There are so many ways I could answer this. Living in community, moving somewhere very foreign to me, building friendships on and off the streets, the trials and joys of encounter. I think the simplest way to put it is that I am most excited to learn to love until it hurts.

A bit about me
I am a jack of all trades that wishes she could be the best at everything she does. I love anything artistic – theatre, music, writing, poetry, photography, film, painting, sketching…you get the idea. I am extremely laid back unless I am excited or passionate about something, then I am the loudest in the room. I think of myself as somewhat of a comedic genius. I start lots of things on a whim, my favorite one being Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. I am both a mountain and an ocean person (I think its dumb that people make you choose between them). Snowboarding, hiking, hammocking, and anything in the ocean are my favorite outdoor activities. I absolutely love mission and cannot wait to serve the Lord in Philadelphia!!

everyone deserves
to be known & loved

If you join me in the mission as a monthly supporter, you will also become part of Known & Loved, Christ in the City’s monthly giving community! We are so grateful for our monthly supporters and their consistent generosity which makes it possible for us missionaries to be formed and reach out the homeless all year-long.

Watch Zach’s testimony below to hear what it means to him to be Known & Loved.