Hello all! My name is Briana Hoachlander. I live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and am currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice. I plan to graduate in December 2016. I became a Christian a couple of years ago when attending West Chester University. My journey was a little rough. I struggled with many things including addiction, depression, OCD, and abuse. Without getting into detail, I was a broken shell of a person using substances to help me cope with the “bad hand” I thought I was dealt. I always try to tell my story honestly because it has made me who I am and although I’m not proud of my sin, I feel that God has miraculously changed my life. He totally flipped my life around in three short years!
Although I’ve had many issues throughout my lifetime, I always had a heart for people. Before I became a Christian I wanted to join the Peace Corps. I fell in love with volunteering on a Habitat for Humanity trip to New Orleans, Louisiana. When I became a Christian I decided that you cannot help anyone without Jesus, so missions has been on my heart ever since. I believe that one of my gifts is my heart for the lost. As I meet people, reconnect with old friends, and develop new relationships with people, my first concern is their salvation, then their physical and emotional needs. I love connecting with people and just hearing their stories and letting them know that they are important, they matter and what they go through matters.
I am going to serve with ACTION in Goiânia, Brazil with ACTION missionaries Mario and Lika Milhomem. There I will be working in the addiction rehabilitation center, children in crisis ministry, and I will be teaching English. I am so excited for this opportunity. It was a long process but God is faithful! Honestly I am just an ordinary person, living an ordinary life. However, the great part is that I know an EXTRAORDINARY God! I know that he will use my complete weakness to show his mighty strength! I am so grateful and humbled that he has chosen me to go on this internship! I would love any support that you feel led to offer, whether that is prayer, financially, emotionally, etc. Anything is appreciated. Thank you all for your support and God bless you!