Eliza Binney: Missions Intern
Tell us about your family:
I am the third of four children (Sydney, Bruce, me, Madeline in order), and we were raised by two amazing, godly parents, Blair and Annette.
Where is your hometown?
I was born in Charlottesville, VA and grew up in Marlboro, NY.
Briefly tell us how you came to faith in Christ:
Being raised in the church by two committed Sunday School teachers, I had a strong family foundation to support my growth. At the age of about five, I remember looking around the service and seeing people worshiping, and knowing the story of Christ's love and sacrifice for me, I told the Lord that I wanted Him to be my life. Since then, I have experienced His work through a variety of ministry opportunities that He has placed in my life, from the art ministry in which I grew in my ability to hear His voice and communicate His words to others to mission trips on which He continued to call me into international missions. Today, I am doing my best to continue this obedience to His call and growth in its unfolding.
What's one interesting fact about yourself?
I was a Chinese Studies minor in college, so I speak some Mandarin. I can also jump rope on a pogo stick.
What's a favorite Bible verse and why?
One of my favorite bible verses is Acts 20:24 "But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God." This both recognizes the utter futility of a life apart from God's work and the central role that, by His grace, we can play in His plan.
What's your favorite...
book? C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy
food? I am convinced that pizza and ice cream are truly everyone's favorite foods, no matter what they say, but I'll say avocados.
athletic team? Maria Sharapova and Andy Murray (not teams, but tennis is the only sport that I follow consistently)
place to visit? anywhere new that has an art museum, good bookstore, or place to hike
band? The Head and the Heart
activity for day off? Hiking with my family or reading at the beach
What are your hopes for JICC?
I want to see the church grow as a community that is the family that it is designed to be, that is wholly committed to increasing our collective and individual relationships with the Lord in order to bring Him glory through the active outpouring of this love.