- My Local
- My Reach
- My Self
Melanie Reimer serves in Whittier, California, a beautiful city just southeast of the bustling hub of Los Angeles. The area has a Quaker heritage, and is nestled among the trails and hills that lead into the Los Angeles basin. The area has a population of 85,000 with almost 70% of the cultural diversity being of Hispanic heritage and large number of residents being practicing Catholics.
There are many needs among the local young adults. Often, both parents work full-time and some struggle to provide for their families. The downward trend of relational intimacy caused by economic strain and cultural shifts is seen by the extreme realities of increased cases of neglect, depression, and withdrawal instead of healthy relationships. Instead of person-to-person connection, non-relational substitutes (video games, internet, addictions, etc.) have proven to be the medicine for aching souls. Without healthy foundations of emotional development, transitioning from high school to college can be an even more difficult time in life because there is no instilled sense of confidence or awareness of self that has been firmly and safely established.
These young adults are searching for answers, often feeling overwhelmed by the responsibility of growing up. Although there is a need for basic support in learning how to take on new responsibilities and make adult decisions, what they are truly searching for is an intimacy that can only be filled by God. Many are also searching for real love and spiritual truth, creating the perfect opportunity to reach out with the love and hope found in Christ.
After seeing the need in her community, Melanie began reaching out to the young adults in the surrounding area. Mainly ministering to eighteen to twenty-five year olds, Melanie leads Bible studies and provides one-on-one discipleship, and inner healing ministries with a goal not of just leading people to the Lord, but discipling them toward Christ-like character and spiritual maturity.
Melanie writes, “It’s a crucial point at which many either come to God or fall away from the Lord in the midst of their transition into adulthood. I desire to see God use this ministry to bring friendship, support, and hope in Christ in the midst of those uncertain times.”
With a focus on growing in community and finding one’s true identity in Christ, Melanie prays that her outreach serves as a preventative ministry, connecting young adults to Christ and keeping them connected in church community. This allows students to wrestle with their questions as they become aware of the One true God in the midst of the confusing messages of society. She is hoping to incorporate more of the arts in the future as a way to express one’s spiritual journey and worship the Lord.
Melanie has served as InFaith field staff since 2012.
Melanie has a B.A. in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in intercultural studies and an M.A. in Education. She served in Thailand for eight years as a homeschool educational consultant and director of the Extension Services Department at Grace International School. In this role, Melanie supported missionary families throughout Thailand, giving missionary kids the chance to obtain a strong education while living overseas.
After returning to the United States on furlough, Melanie felt God calling her to serve in one of the churches that supported her while in Thailand. This call has now spread to young adults in the surrounding cities as the Holy Spirit has directed her.
Melanie shares, “God began to show me how he was working and gave me a desire to be a part of ministering to those that were hurting and longing for more truth.”