Rachel Lewis

Peru

Service Area: International

Role: Signs of Love Deaf Ministry

Ministry Focus

Rachel passionately serves with Signs of Love. Signs of Love brings language and the truth of God’s love to deaf individuals in Peru. Rachel was moved by this ministry when she first served with them in 2011, and her passion for deaf ministry and foreign missions later propelled her to serve in Haiti and India on short-term trips. When the Lord opened the door to serve again with Signs of Love in Honduras in 2015, she eagerly jumped in as a summer intern.

Rachel now serves full-time in Peru, with her ministry specifically rooted in Art Therapy. Her vision is to see Art Therapy bring greater emotional health and self-understanding to the people she serves. She believes art is an invaluable tool for low language individuals because language isn’t needed to express oneself through art and to experience its healing power.

Faith Story

Rachel began following Jesus in the 7th grade and was transformed with the joy, hope and love of the Lord. Her youth pastor and mentor saw in her character a gifting for missions. Through the leadership of her youth group, she served in her community, school, and eventually overseas. Rachel knew foreign missions would always be a part of her life but it wasn’t until college that she felt the Lord calling her to serve long term. As a college student, Rachel served in Haiti and India with short-term trips and felt the Lord calling her to have a love for the nations. In 2014, she had the opportunity to spend a month in India. The months before and after the trip were ones of testing. The Lord was testing her obedience and paving the way to reveal His will for her, which she would soon discover was Honduras.

When Rachel connected with the founder of Signs of Love, Robin Harter, again for the first time since 2011, it was like a vision of a door opening. The past years of testing and uncertainty came into sharp focus. After spending the summer as an intern with Signs of Love, Rachel knew that serving full-time with Signs of Love was what she was being called to do. Rachel is amazed to look back at her life and see how all of the pieces fit together, molding her to do the thing the Lord has set before her.

Family

Rachel was born into a Christian home and is the youngest of four. Born an adventurer, she got the nickname Lizzy Go Girl. Her loving family has always supported her in all the adventures God has set before her.

Education

  • BA in Art and Psychology from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor