Missionary Spotlight | Kyle St. Amand
Meet Kyle St. Amand, one of our newest missionaries. Kyle has been going on Casas trips annually since 2011. During the summer of 2017, he was an intern in Guatemala. Once he got home, his career in the fire service no longer fulfilled his passion for helping other people in difficult situations. He was hired as a Team Coordinator with an emphasis on managing our Team Casas trips for individuals.
INTERVIEW WITH KYLE
1. Tell a little bit about yourself, your family, and where you’re from.
I was born in Massachusetts and lived in the New England region for 12 years before moving to Alabama in 2006. Both my parents live there, as well as my sister who is a year older than me. I became a volunteer firefighter when I was 18 and had decided that I wanted to do that for the rest of my life. I went through the fire academy before getting my first part time fire department job. I was offered my first full time fire department job in 2015. After my Casas trip with my church in 2016, I felt that God was leading me to do an internship with Casas. I applied and was chosen to participate as an intern in the summer of 2017 in Guatemala. In order to do that, I had to quit my job and put all my trust in God that He would provide financially when I got home.
2. What made you choose to serve at Casas por Cristo?
During my internship, I was able to make a difference for so many families in a way that I never could in the fire service. Once I got home, there was a void in my life that I was not able to fill anymore, and I knew it would only be filled by following God through the ministry of Casas.
3. What is your favorite thing about the ministry of Casas por Cristo? Or how have you seen God at work through your ministry with Casas?
My favorite part of Casas is that the ministry doesn’t go into countries and try to start something by themselves and take over churches in the area. Casas is merely a tool that local pastors of that area can use to open a door with the family that ultimately can lead to salvation. Also, as much as it can change the life of the family, I love to see the impact it can have on the teams that build the houses.
4. What has been your biggest challenge so far?
My biggest challenge so far has been transitioning from having several physically demanding jobs to working at a desk completing tasks that have more to do with trip logistics and paperwork at Casas. Also, learning Spanish has been tough.
- Fundraising is the biggest prayer request for me.
- Also that I am able portray the kingdom of God in everything I do and through my interactions with families.
- That I will be able to stay immersed in God’s word.
- That I will be able to learn Spanish.