Melissa chose to follow Christ at age 5. While in high school, God began to burden her heart to bring Him glory through world missions. After a short trip to North Africa, Melissa became aware of Muslim ministry and prayed about getting involved. She studied TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) and children’s ministry at a Bible college in Chicago to become better equipped to move overseas. For her college internship, she joined Christar workers in Albania by teaching at an English camp. It was there that she learned about the opportunity to join Christar as a full time international worker.