Melanie Otarola July 2021 Update

  Meet Baby Kalel Nathan! His name means “Vessel of God” “Given by God” respectively. The birth was a wonderful memorable experience. My husband, Charlie, was able to catch Kalel and hand him to me. Unfortunately hours after we got home, Kalel started...

Melanie Otarola May 2021 Update

        Thank you so much for your prayers for Chen from my last newsletter! I had the opportunity to take her on a tour of the Christian college she is wanting to attend and while we were there she said she would like to be baptized at this college! I know the...

Melanie Otarola September 2020 Update

Hello Friend! What better time than now? Campus ministry continues without being on campus. I am ready to launch something new. The isolation seems to have increased students desire to connect with each other and seek God in this uncertain time. On September 24, I...

July 2020 Update Melanie Shepard Otarola

Hello Friend! We are married!!! Our wedding was small in attendance and lavish in close relationships. Before our special day we asked God to be in attendance as well. He came. In one picture, as Charlie and I are sitting side by side listening to his Mom share the...

April 2020 Update Melanie Shepard

Hello Friend! I have big news. I’m ENGAGED to be married!!! I thought this day would never come especially not amid a pandemic. I thought God had forgotten me. Yet despite the turmoil of our current world, I am experiencing His faithfulness in a new astounding way....

March 2020 Update Melanie Shepard

Hello Friend! She sent me five emphatic videos to my phone saying this: “I can’t get over it Melanie! All day I’ve been telling God, ‘Here I am.’ Then I got home to read my Bible and the next Psalm I am supposed to read is Psalm 40! Those were the exact words the...