SELMA – Chrystelle Jaramillo has had a dream since she was a little girl. Unlike other little girls, her goal didn’t involve princes, castles or unicorns. Instead, she’s eager to travel to Africa to help women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.
“I have dreamed of doing God’s work in Africa, and now my chance is finally here. I am beyond excited to serve,” she said.
Jaramillo is a Selma High graduate from the Class of 2016 and is now a third-year college student at California Baptist University, Riverside. She’s enrolled in a double-major program studying psychology and sociology with a concentration in social work.
“My long-term goal is to become an international adoption social worker. The reason why I want to do this as a career is because last summer, I had the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic where my team and I worked with Hattian refugees. I really connected with the families over there and many of them constantly asked me to help them give their children a better life. That’s when heard the Lord’s call for my future.”
Jaramillo said she was told in November she’d been placed on a team to serve in Africa this summer. There, she will work with women diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and work at Vacation Bible School camps.
The total trip costs $3,300 and so far she’s raised $2,031. For those who would like to donate, log on to http://bit.ly/2Xq1u9D.