Culley, Tracey

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Tracey grew up north of Columbus, OH. Remaining close by, she attended The Ohio State University for her undergrad in Business Administration and Developmental Studies. During her time at Ohio State, she got involved with her sending church, Veritas Short North, as well as Cru. Upon graduating, she felt God calling her to serve with Cru for one year at their partnership location in Florianópolis, Brazil. However, the COVID-19 pandemic forced Tracey’s team to return earlier than expected to the US. Consequently, any opportunities for a second year of ministry in Brazil closed.

With an ongoing heart for missions, Tracey moved to serve in cross-cultural ministry with the Cru Lima, Peru team. Again, COVID-19 complications changed the course with her team living in Puerto Rico while serving virtually in Lima. Throughout these changes and experiences of different Latin American cultures and languages, her heart continued to grow for South America. And, ultimately, Brazil truly captured her heart.

With her contract at Cru ending, Tracey began searching for opportunities to integrate her studies of community and human development with her cross-cultural ministry experience. After connecting with SAM, she found the perfect fit in Recife, Brazil. She is eager to learn throughout this experience allowing God to utilize her gifts of hospitality and discipling younger girls.

    Ministry: Recife Redemptive Ministry

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