Say hello to Michaella Peck, Pure Freedom’s most recent addition to our team of educators! Michaella has been teaching and working with youth for years, and is super pumped to be sharing a message of whole-person health with thousands of students in Northeast Missouri. Born and raised in Kirksville, Michaella spent her whole pre-college education in the Kirksville school district and graduated from Truman State University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.
Michaella values these daily opportunities through Pure Freedom to equip students with lifelong skills. “I like that we are building teens a toolbox of resources that helps them navigate through their decisions at such critical points in their lives,” she says. “Not only do we teach about how to have healthy romantic relationships, but also we teach about how to have healthy friendships in general. I think that it is important for everyone in life to be able to navigate social relationships.”
This passion for healthy relationships goes back to Michaella’s own family. “I am the first born child of two loving parents, and I have one younger brother named Zachary,” she says. “My other brother (A.K.A. my dog) is my Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier named Bentley.” Soon her family will welcome Edgar, Michaella’s fiancé. “In June of 2018, I got engaged to my best friend. Edgar and I met working for the same ministry in the country of Guatemala. We both love coming alongside individuals in need of a helping hand. We also love spending quality time with our friends around a good pizza that Edgar made. He is famous for his ‘pizza nights’. We are so excited to get married and start a family together.”
When she’s not sharing healthy relationship education with teens, Michaella may be found playing volleyball, traveling and experiencing other cultures, playing strategy games, and hiking. Of course her favorite place to hike is Guatemala. “Since 2014, I have been partnering with a non-profit organization, Cross Commission, in San Cristobal Alta Verapaz, Guatemala. In this ministry I get to work alongside of the founders, staff members, and short term mission teams. This organization focuses on youth and community development.”
When asked about her life goals, Michaella points to Matthew 22:37-39, her life verse: “And he said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
“God always brings me back to these basics,” she says. “I cannot always do much, but I can share the love of Christ. Because the tools God uses to change hearts is an outpouring of his love. And changing hearts changes lives.”
That truth is exactly what Lifeline goes back to -- sharing God’s compassion changes lives. Thanks be to Him for instilling such a beautiful spirit in Michaella, and that He saw it fit to share her with our community!
By Kath Crane