A young missionary woman that is giving her life in service to Christby Rit Nosotro First Published:: 2003
English teacher, missionary, and world traveler, Carrie Mansfield, was born Nov. 11, 1976 in Pennsylvania. She has a younger brother and sister. Her father was like a humming bird; he could not stay in one place for a very long time. Her father loved to move. Consequently, due to the fact that he cannot stay still, she grew up all over the East coast of the United States. Carrie, who also likes to move, had the privilege of traveling, seeing and living in different places. Carrie has said that moving also has its down sides to it. She also grew up with out a television. Since they did not own a television, Carrie's father would take her and her siblings out in the wilderness and taught them life in the outdoors. Her parents did not want to raise their children in American culture. Her parents wanted their kids to question the American way of life. Carrie is much like her father in the aspect of moving, she loves to travel and visit new, and exciting places. She has visited many distinct places of the world.
Carrie was not born into a Christian family. Her parents got saved when she was eight years old. Carrie accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior when she was thirteen years old. The first church she went to was a Methodist church. Then she attended Assembly's of God Later on in her life she studied at a Baptist College. Although, all of these churches are Christian, they still differ from one another. Based on this aspect, Carrie has been known to say, "I'm a Christian mutt." Meaning, she has been exposed to many diversified denominations.
At the age of 21, Carrie went to China and lived there for nine months. She is the type of person that likes to do difficult things. The reason she moved to china is because she is a daring person. Considering that Christianity is not permitted in China, this drew her to go there. While she was there she worked for the government and everything was tapped. She said that one day she had written her mom an e-mail saying that it was cold, and then the next day someone brought her a blanket and said that they had heard the she was cold. There she was a teacher, who taught speaking and listening to University kids and to people in the Bureau of Foreign Affairs. She was also teaching English to people in the government that were spies in training. She had no idea that she was helping spies.
Now Carrie lives in Bogotá, Colombia. She is working in a school as a high school English teacher. Not only is she an English teacher, but she also is the yearbook advisor. She works in an American School for Christian missionaries and Christians. It is called El Camino Academy. She loves it. She is living with a family that has a daughter that attends El Camino Academy. El Camino Academy has given her a great big warm welcome. She is very much involved in the lives of the high school students. She was the head chaperone in a lock-in, a chaperone at a retreat, she was also representative for the ninth grade class for a Christmas wall decorating contest and a chaperone for a luau and many more things still to come. In spite of the fact that the language, way of living and culture of Colombia are all hard to adapt to, she still went to Bogotá, Colombia. She is encountering a new chapter in her life and another part of the world.
Last updated: Spring, 2001