Prior to graduating from Redwood Christian High School, Michelle applied for and was accepted to the YWAM (Youth With A Mission) training program. After completing the training program, Michelle spent two and a half months in Northern Africa with a team of fourteen other missionaries from YWAM. Michelle stated she “experienced the beautifully vibrant and loud culture of Africa in its most gorgeous setting. We were able to be completely submerged in the culture by receiving the love of strangers as they invited us into their homes and served us coffee or bought us sodas with their very last pennies or loaded our plates with their traditional foods. The people never ceased to display their genuine hospitality to a group of foreigners. We were able to become their friends. We were able to work with many ministries in the countries in which we lived in. We played a TON of soccer with children who lived in the local trash dump. We were able to do house visits where we were able to pray for families struggling financially, physically, and spiritually, (sometimes even got the opportunity to name a baby!) We were able to minister into the lives of those struck by their religious practices and customs, and actually saw some come to The Lord! We were amazed and blessed to see that The Lord has not forgotten about the places that the world has forgotten. Jesus not only taught me about His heart for the lost, but also about what we can do about it, and that’s just to be a friend to the lost.” Michelle received the Pastor Sherman Williams II Memorial Scholarship in 2016.