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Jessica Ketcham

Jessica Ketcham


Hi friends! My name is Jessica, and I am currently serving as a full-time missionary in Fire & Fragrance, South Africa, a community located in Potchefstroom.


This community is committed to raising up a generation that carries a fire in their hearts for Jesus, that becomes a fragrance of Christ to the lost.


How did I get here? Ever since I completed my first school with YWAM in 2015, I’ve had a heart for missions. Since that time, God has grown in me a deep love for children, and that has led me into the sphere of education. My heart to go to the nations had never left, yet I knew I needed to wait. He took me on a journey of learning to trust Him in the unknown as I was trained up in this field. I grew to love incorporating my own creativity and gifting within the classroom. Seeing a child’s eyes light up when they have that “AHA!” moment started this growing awareness of the Lord’s love for each of these little ones. During this time, I saw the massive need for education and, more importantly, the knowledge of Christ within the global community.


Throughout the Bible, I kept seeing the Lord’s heart for the underserved and neglected, and He has been marking my heart to do the same here in South Africa and into the rest of this continent.


What does this look like now? I am so excited to be a part of this base who carries the same desire to see this next generation raised up! I have joined a team of other teachers and are working on building Christ-centered curriculum that is play-based and moldable to each student. We are all carrying a vision to see this school built up as a model to go out into the rest of Africa. As I work with the team on developing this curriculum, I am also teaching in our Preschool classroom throughout the week applying what we’ve developed.


How can you support? If you’d like to commit to being a monthly supporter or giving a one-time donation, please pray about an amount, and you can give here.


Your support means the world to me. You are each a part of this movement of God! By your prayer and support, you are with me as I go!


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