Shayla started her journey in ministry with a missions trip to Haiti in 2012. There she served at a childcare facility dedicated to creating loving foster families as children waited for a forever home. It was here that Shayla not only felt a passion for reaching the world for Christ, but also discovered a call to the profession of architecture. The organization was in the process of overhauling their ministry approach, creating smaller architectural environments as opposed to an institution. God used this opportunity to reveal to Shayla the transformative power of architecture, and His desire to use her talents to help restore the world through design.
Shayla carried this motivation as she completed her undergraduate and master’s degree in architecture. It also led her to spend a summer interning with Engineering Ministries International in Nicaragua. There, she got to put the power of architecture to work while pairing it with God’s divine planning. Her project for the term involved a childcare facility, very similar to the facility she experienced in Haiti. God allowed her to leverage that experience, and the principles of their family-oriented approach, to design a facility which addressed the needs of the ministry through design.
After her experience at EMI, Shayla knew that traditional architecture projects would never reach the level of meaning that a God-centered project could. She will begin serving as an EMI Fellow in Colorado Springs beginning August 2020, continuing to work on projects with ministry partners. Would you prayerfully consider partnering with Shayla as she answers God’s call to architectural missions at EMI?