marissa fridley


Marissa Fridley was an Inca Link missionary in 2013 and 2014.  She was born and raised in Northern California. From the young age of 12, she knew she wanted to attend a Bible college and commit her life to serving the Lord. It was on her first mission trip to the Dominican Republic as a senior in high school that her heart began to feel a tug towards overseas missions. She saw that those with LESS tend to see their need for God MORE, and that this creates an openness/sensitivity to the Gospel.

From there, she went on another trip to Peru in 2005; did a Discipleship Training School with Youth With a Mission in Chile, South America, in 2006; and finally, did an internship with Inca Link in Ecuador in 2010 (She got connected when Rich Brown came to speak for a few chapel services at her university). She graduated from Simpson University (Redding, California) in December of 2010, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Cross Cultural Studies with an emphasis in ministry. Ever since, she has had the desire to return to Ecuador to serve with Inca Link longer term. She has always strived to share her life and faith wherever she is at, but has a special passion/call for Latin America, the culture, the children/people, and to “love the least of these.” She believes that all she’s gone through in life−the trials, suffering, and good/bad experiences−has prepared her for this next step. “I want to love people, meet them where they’re at, and share the hope/peace/joy that only a life with Christ brings.”

Romans 11:29

“For the gifts and calling of God are irrevocable.”

 

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blog posts

  • BLESSED be the name of the LORD!   Tonight as I drove home and saw in wonder the picture God was painting in the sky, the words came to me:”The Lord gives and the Lord takes away.BLESSED be the name of the Lord!”And in the midst of the ups and downs, trials and tribulation, joys and sorrows, questions ...
  • Upside down   “Be here now” It’s what He said Doesn’t make sense After the places I’ve been led Grace sufficient Sacrifice He paid the price So how could I deny? or Shut out his voice? There’s so much noise I’ve been hit again The temptations Distractions Begging me to sin My world is now UPSIDE DOWN And yet I’ve found The peace, the joy In Christ alone My HOPE And “Stay!” I ...
  • Purity (not a typical post…) Today I thought of something that I cannot keep to myself anymore. Sadly, many times I have been made to feel not NORMAL, even from other Christians. I hope you can be encouraged, and perhaps even enlightened, by what I am about to share though. This is a topic that ...
  • REMEMBER. I remember how God spoke to me last year on Easter (which also happened to be my birthday!). Last night, worshiping the Lord and being in his presence at a Good Friday service, I was reminded of the same thing(s). Good Friday service at the Redding Civic Auditorium (California) Philippians 2:5-11 says: “Your ...
  • What I learned in 2013, and continue to learn… I have learned a lot in the past year. Most of what I learned was the result of taking risks, leaps of faith, making mistakes, and getting lost. Not long ago, I spent some time in Quito (the capital city), Ecuador. Several months ago when I had first arrived, ...
  • Lagrimas (This is something I wrote about a month ago, the beginning of December. Lagrimas means “tears” in Spanish) Today I cried Multiple times The tears, they came Without warning Like rain Tonight the sky Opened Wide Torrents falling Such a beautiful song Calling me to Abide Such is life If we heed not it tears us apart from our one true Love Today I cried Reading a ...
  • the Word is ALIVE It has always amazed me how the Word of God speaks to us in new ways every day, even though it’s words never change and our lives are constantly changing. In John 1, it says: “IN the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was ...
  • Changes and Feliz Navidad This time of year is usually full of BUSYNESS, of buying last minute gifts , traveling, and a portion of stress. We are all in different places in our lives, speaking of both location, what we believe spiritually, whether or not we have good relationships with family and friends, etc. ...
  • Rain Rain fall down Wash my soul Make me whole Transform my mind (What is it, Lord, That You want me to find?) Take my hand The joy it grows Overflows Christ in me The hope of glory All we need He bestows I cannot help But follow Him All other paths are strange, are dim God, mold me Your earthen vessel on Your Potter’s wheel I long to trust Be set ...
  • Vale la Pena As followers of Christ, our security should be anchored in Him. We stray so much when we begin to desire, acquire, and strive for the things of this world. 1 John 2:15-17 says, “Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the ...
  • FRIJOLES “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener…  Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in Me” (John 15:1,4). This has always been such a beautiful ...
  • a time for todo Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven,” and continues on to say in verse 11 that “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God ...
  • We Can Rest Secure We fall so short from the grace of God. Who are we, who am I, to deserve the unconditional love, the free gift of salvation? Hebrews 4 paints a beautiful picture of the rest we find in Christ, the ...
  • … … … I think I’m going to write a book.  The first edition will be in English but with a Spanish title: La Vida de Espera (The Life of Waiting).  Sometimes it seems as if life is full of waiting: waiting for the weekend to come, for dinner to be ready, for ...
  • Just Trust Sometimes the Lord just asks us to trust Him. Proverbs 3:5,6, says: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” We tend to depend on ourselves a lot of the time; it is so easy to ...
  • Three Years I am finally in Ecuador! ON the plane ride to get here I cried, prayed and journaled a bit. I thought a lot about the time it took me to get to this place. Reminds me of Psalm 62:5 which says, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God My hope comes from Him.” I ...
  • What is Worth it ALL Last weekend at church God again spoke to my heart. What was spoken confirmed that I am headed in the right direction. This did not/does not come with a lack of tears or sorrow at the thought of goodbyes and leaving those I love here! But it is enough for ...
  • In His Steps I cannot say that Leviticus is my favorite book of the Bible. It is actually one of many that can be quite difficult to read through, with the repetitive use of words such as “blood, fat, offerings, sacrifice, finding animals without blemish” and more. But it has stirred up some ...
  • MTI Testimony For my missions training at Missions Training International (MTI) in Colorado, each of us gave a 3-5 minute testimony at the end of the three weeks. It was to express specifically what God had done/been doing in our lives during that time period. A few lines came to me, then ...
  • a deep, sometimes aching LOVE Love. On days like today my heart seems to be BURSTING with it, and yet with it also comes an ache. Recently, God both continued a work, and began a new work, in me. Spending three weeks in Colorado with 38 like-minded people was quite an experience! ...
  • Growing Pains “He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” John 15:2 Currently I am in beautiful Colorado, in a little town outside of Colorado springs. I am here as part of a missions ...
  • For such a time as this… We are chosen. For what? Depends on who we are. Growing up, I knew from a young age that I would dedicate my life to serving the Lord. But how could I? How could I after having gone through (and continuing to go through) so much brokenness, confusion, and tears? One ...
  • A heart’s season of surrender.. There is beauty in surrender. It is more blessed to give than to receive. If you give your life, you will ultimately save it. Do you really find yourself believing these, and similar, statements? It is so much easier to take, to be selfish, ...
  • Less is more; time to wait? We live in a fast-paced, success- and entertainment-driven, drive-thru going, busy, “I want everything now!” society. This is very prevalent in most suburbia and city lifestyles. I would know; I have worked in customer service within the food industry for many years now! It has been so ...
  • God is in Pursuit of Us Psalm 19 is BEAUTIFUL. I think you will agree. Every day when I look at the sky (the puffy clouds or sun peeping through clouds or the sunset or stars and moon) I think of how AWESOME God is! And then verse 4 of this psalm says: “Yet their message has gone ...
  • We Must Do Our Part This morning I woke up and thought: the battle belongs to the Lord. I remembered there being a passage in Scripture speaking of this and also that a friend of mine recently was telling me how she has felt spiritual attack in her own life. Also, just a few days ...
  • When We Trust in Him Romans 8:28  (NIV): “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Sometimes it feels like all we do in life is WAIT. When I was younger there was an age I thought that things would ...