Casey serves as a missionary with the Church of the Nazarene in Sighisoara, Romania. Growing up in the Nazarene church, Casey was exposed to the missions mindset at an early age. She graduated from Olivet Nazarene University in 2010 with a Bachelor of Social Work, and then went on to receive her Master of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2011. Casey worked for 2.5 years as a School Social Worker in a rural area near her hometown. Then, after serving as a teen camp counselor for two summers in a row, Casey knew God was calling her to missions.
In March 2015, Casey came to Romania for the first time. She spent 4.5 months serving the Romanian and Roma people in Sighisoara. The majority of the time, Casey worked with the Kids’ Club program at Veritas, a local non-governmental organization that serves the community of Sighisoara through social and educational programs. Casey spent six weeks back in the States at the end of the summer, and returned to Sighisoara in September 2015.
Since September, Casey has continued to work in the Kids’ Club, taking on more of a leadership role as two new social workers joined the program in the fall. Casey also co-leads an educational program for teens called It Takes Courage, which focuses on building strong character. Additionally, Casey supervises social work students who come to Sighisoara through the Romanian Studies Program to do a social work practicum. Casey attends the local Nazarene church, and hopes to help establish a children’s ministry in the near future.
In March 2016, Casey, along with Dorothy Tarrant, spent a little over one month serving the refugees in Croatia and Serbia. Along with serving tea and soup in a refugee camp, Casey built relationships with a number of the refugees. She spent a lot of time playing with the children as well. Serving the refugees is something that Casey has a passion for, and hopes to be able to do again in the not-so-distant future.
Please keep Casey and her work in Romania in your prayers.
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Born in United States
Home District: Northwestern Illinois
Home Church: Freeport