Abby Baumbach felt God's call to campus ministry while working at a small church. "I just kept seeing God place value on relationships," she said. "Everywhere I went, I'd see good relationships, bad ones, broken ones, and little attempt to repair many of them. This also reflected our relationship with Christ, something broken for far too many people. "God reminded me of how many relationship patterns are forged in college, and that I should work on helping students develop healthy relationships with God and others." Abby joined Campus Ambassadors in 2009 with her dream to help students reconcile their relationship with Christ. "In Campus Ambassadors, I found a ministry that shared my passion for helping students know God, grow close to God, and develop a strong community with people from every situation. I loved the way everyone was automatically accepted and included, and given new opportunities to grow in Christ." Trained for three wonderful years at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Abby started a new Campus Ambassadors ministry at the University of Denver in the fall of 2012. "I see so much potential for ministry at DU, and feel Christ's passion to reach these students. I'm planting a ministry where students are connected by their love for Christ, their heart to help each other, and their passion to spread Christ's love to others."
Abby accepted Christ into her life at a very young age. Thanks to supportive parents and teachers, her personal relationship with God grew and developed through various changes and trials in her life. She felt God's calling to ministry in college, though the calling clarified over the years to working in campus ministry. Abby has a passion to help others know Christ's love for them, and for them to develop a strong relationship with Christ.
Abby was blessed to grow up in a Christian home. She is a Denver native, and nearly all of her extended family still lives in Colorado.
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In colorful communities and along scenic highways, diverse people and landscapes span coast to coast
Iconic American traditions include Thanksgiving dinner, jazz music and the Super Bowl. They meld with eclectic examples of multicultural heritage: numerous local Chinatowns, family-owned taquerias and even cowboy boots, which originated among the nomadic Huns of eastern Europe.
The nation's landscape shows just as many contrasts — sandy beaches and rocky coastlines, open plains and vast deserts, rugged mountains and winding canyons, and abundant rivers and lakes.
The ideals of life and liberty that founded the United States have made the country one of the world's most prosperous, though not without dark chapters and present troubles. Crime, discrimination and ethics violations make regular headlines, and many people live below the national poverty level.
Families view education as essential to the pursuit of happiness, if not also a path to wealth and power for the most ambitious. Yet Americans also demonstrate a charitable spirit of generosity toward neighbors and nations in need.
Freedom of religion grants opportunity for all faiths, but Christianity holds particular influence in country's history and daily life.
Your participation with Missions Door supports ministry in the United States among college students, including many international students, in collaboration local churches. It also enables social outreach, church planting and leadership development in a wide variety of communities — among Native Americans and other cultural groups, and in urban and suburban settings where growing and changing demographics create new opportunities for the Gospel.
Aside from the Native American, Native Hawaiian and Native Alaskan populations, nearly all Americans and their ancestors immigrated to the United States.
In a 2013 survey, 56% of Americans said that religion played a "very important role in their lives” — a larger number than any other wealthy nation.
Population: 320 million
Major Religions: 47% Protestant, 23% unaffiliated, 21% Catholic, 6% other
Languages: 82% English, 11% Spanish, various others
Ministry service area:
Colorado, United States