When Trudi Sandivik, 18, shares her interests, visions and dreams, it’s unlike most teens her age. She is already a sponsored missionary, residing in Luning but sharing her calling throughout Mineral County and Nevada.
“My ultimate goal is to reach out to as many children and youth as I possibly can, especially in Nevada, with the message of Jesus Christ and His plan of salvation.”
It was on a mission trip to Dallas, at Vacation Bible School training and witnessing camp at age 13, when Sandivik knew there was a calling upon her life. She loved talking to people and caring about their need for the Lord.
Back at home, her mentors that have spurred her on have been Pastor Frank and Vera Reynolds from the Walker Lake Baptist Church, as well as Pastor Richard Jackson from the Macedonia Baptist Church in Hawthorne. She also mentioned Pastor John Murray from the First Baptist Church as he helped sponsor a group which Sandivik works closely with called “The Lord’s Trooper’s”, who meet on Sunday at 9:45 a.m.
Her willing heart is balanced by an inspirational enthusiasm that lights up a room. Her talents are endless in working with kids, teaching them and inspiring their own special uniqueness. As a young, steadfast leader Sandivik has led other teens to get involved in a non-denominational youth group called “Sold-Out.” They not only meet twice a month in Hawthorne, they can be followed on Facebook as a connective point of encouragement.
In asking about her own daily life, Sandivik explained her last week as being like World War III with a joy-bubble. In spite of finding out her mother is facing a monumental health issue; a close pastor friend was diagnosed with a serious illness; then she was given a surprise birthday party; offered a two-year Missionary Internship with a national organization called Awanas within Nevada it was then topped off with her boyfriend of almost two years, David McBroome, proposing to her on top of a mountain peak out of Reno while she was learning to snow ski.
“My weeks are always different and I never know what’s coming next. I don’t limit God in my life, so I know I will be called to work wherever He asks me to. I love teaching children and being around the youth groups that are seeking to find answers. I’m also involved with planning new adventures, like a church involvement for Armed Forces Day. As a Christian, we are called to be involved and be part of our communities – it’s part of sharing God’s Word.”
While completing our interview, Vera Reynolds mentioned, “Trudi is actually one of our financially supported missionaries – stay tuned, you never knew how far she’ll go.”