Maddi Chelko

Maddi is a freshman studying pre-nursing at the University of Tennessee Knoxville, where Rocky Top will always be home sweet home to her. It was on a short-term mission trip to Bolivia that Maddi sensed the Lord calling her into missions. While in Bolivia, she shared the love of Jesus through Vacation Bible School programs and medical clinics.

Maddi is serving as an intern with our team in Riohacha, Colombia, this summer. She will have the opportunity to reconnect with a long-time family friend and SAM missionary, Eve Van Devender, and get a taste for what life as a missionary is like. Maddi’s enjoyment of sports and children’s ministry and passion for evangelism and discipleship will intersect this summer as she sows seeds of the Gospel among the people of Riohacha.


Ministry: Colombia Church Planting

As God’s people live authentically—infusing the world with the grace and mercy of Jesus—the local church takes on the beauty God desires for it. God’s church is a gathering of people through which he works out the purposes of redemption—in individuals, families, cities and nations.

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