Name: Laura Neal
MAI Location: Charlotte- Forest Hills Neighborhood
Job Responsibility: Intern
I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, where I played soccer for 12 years. I moved to Charlotte two years ago in hopes of going back to school, but God had other plans for me. Thankfully His plans are greater than what I could ever dream for myself. Since moving here I have spent most of my time volunteering, while also traveling back to Birmingham to do hair. Yes, I am a hairstylist by trade, but I have always felt a call to missions.
How & why did you become a MAI Missionary?
I started volunteering in the Forest Hills neighborhood in East Charlotte a little over a year ago. We host a girls Bible study every Wednesday in the home of Travis and Jessica Jones. On the last Wednesday of every month we have a big "girls night" where girls of all ages come. We laugh, we cry, we learn about Jesus. Over the past year I have seen the impact the Lord has made on these kids through this ministry. I have fallen in love with this neighborhood and these kids and want nothing more than to see them fall in love with Jesus. When presented with the opportunity to intern in this neighborhood, my soul leaped for joy! I look forward to building a girls soccer team over the next year. Soccer is the greatest sport on earth, add the Gospel, and you have a win-win situation :)