Michelle Acker-Pérez

Healthy Communities

I grew up thinking that being a Christian was about having the right answers, but I’ve come to believe that following Christ is actually more about asking the right questions. Questions about why some people don’t have access to clean drinking water? Or why others don’t have the opportunity for an education? Or why some have difficulty knowing and experiencing the fullness of God’s Love?  I’m learning that these questions are deeply connected and we can’t address one without addressing the other. I’ve come to believe that God is passionate about healing and providing for the whole person.

My first trip to Guatemala helped me start this process of asking questions and it is what has led me back for the years to come. I’m excited to partner with Mission Impact because they have a holistic ministry approach that addresses the physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual needs of people. In this process, I met and married a man who is different, and better, than I ever expected: Gerber Pérez.  We share a love for Jesus, social justice and traveling, but we usually do not share dessert. I coordinate the logistics and details of Healthy Communities among other things.

What does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.”
Micah 6:8