The Author

Kirsten Ryken works at The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) as a missions coach. Prior to working at TEAM, she served as a ministry intern at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Roselle, Illinois. Kirsten graduated from Wheaton College in 2018 with a BA in philosophy. You can connect with Kirsten on Instagram.

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