At just 16 years old, Ashley Kanlekou experienced a traumatic event on a mission trip to Honduras that shook her faith to its core. But it wasn't until a decade later that she found the courage to face her fears and return to missions work. In Niger, she found a community that welcomed her with open arms, helping her heal from past traumas and rediscover her purpose. Through her work in medical missions, orphanages, and schools, Ashley has not only built a fulfilling life for herself and her family but has also helped countless others. Her story is a powerful reminder that even in the darkest of moments, there is hope for a brighter future.
Ashley is a remarkable woman whose life's mission has been devoted to serving others in Niger since 2011. From braving gunpoint robbery in Honduras to building strong bonds with the local community in Niger, Ashley has demonstrated unwavering commitment to her calling. Her dedication to helping others has led her on numerous mission trips and even marrying a fellow missionary, all while sharing her positive experiences and steadfast faith with those around her. Ashley's story of resilience and passion is sure to encourage and inspire anyone seeking to dive into the world of mission work.
Without Niger, I really don't know where I would have been or would be now without it. – Ashley Kanlekou
In this episode we talk about:
Embracing new opportunities and how that can lead to personal transformation and impactful experiences
Ashley's inspiring path towards a life devoted to missions
Insight into overcoming fear and hurdles when embarking on challenging missions work
The significance and rewards of collaborating with like-minded mission teams in Niger
The power and importance of answering God's call and saying yes to the divine plan
(2:22) Getting to Niger
(3:53) Family in Niger
(5:34) Impact of Saying Yes
(7:47) Encouragement for Listeners