Selma grad: Chrystelle Jaramillo

Chrystelle Jaramillo is raising funds to serve a mission in Africa this summer. The Selma Church of the Nazarene is hosting a fundraising dinner on March 9

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.

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The reporter can be reached at 583-2427 or lbrown@selmaenterprise.com.

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