Kelsey and Kirby
In August 2011 SixtyFeet will be blessed to have two women from Florida joining us in Uganda for an entire year. Read their bios below to see how they heard the call from God and were obedient to move in response to that call. This is the heart of Sixty Feet in action and we love it. Welcome Kelsey and Kirby to the Sixty Feet family.
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Hello! My name is Kirby Tyler and I am from Jacksonville, Florida. I am 22 years old and a preschool teacher here in Jacksonville. When I am not teaching pre-schoolers, I am in school at Florida State College where I am majoring in Community Health. My mother taught me about the Lord at a very young age. I remember her pulling my sister, brother, and I into her room one-by-one at telling us the story of the gospel. I attended church weekly and was very involved in my youth group throughout middle and high school. When I was sixteen, I went on my first overseas mission trip to the San Blas Islands off the coast of Panama with Teen Mania Ministries. After that, I was hooked on missions. In 2007, I spent a summer in South Africa in various squatter camps outside of Johannesburg. That summer was the first time I “experienced” God. I felt Him. I saw Him physically change people’s lives and there was no denying it. I knew that I wanted to devote my life to Him, to advancing His kingdom, telling others of His great love and of the Father that I have come to know, the Father who is jealous for our hearts, who not only wants but deserves our whole hearts and our whole lives.
Kelsey and I met in 2007 but became friends when I started attending the college ministry at my church in 2009. It was then that I learned of her love for the Lord, and her heart for missions. We discovered Sixty Feet while “blog-hopping” and read about the work they are doing in Uganda. I can speak for the both of us when I say that we were shocked, appalled, and heart broken when we learned of the “child prisons” in Uganda. After seeing those images, watching the videos, hearing their stories, there was no looking back– no way I can sit still and pretend that I don’t feel their burdens resting on my heart. It is an honor that Sixty Feet is allowing me to move to Uganda and help these children. More importantly, it is a gift that the Lord has chosen me to go and be His hands and feet. I’m excited and nervous all at once. August cannot come soon enough!
My name is Kelsey Linduff. I was raised in Orlando and moved to Jacksonville to attend the University of North Florida where I received a BFA in photography. I am now 26 years old and have worked for the last five years with a college and young adult ministry in Northeast Florida. I was raised in a Christ following family and was taught from the time I was very young about the saving love of God. My three sisters and I were homeschooled K-12 which provided our family with a lot of opportunities to travel and be involved in ministry throughout my childhood and teen years.
When I was six years old I remember talking with my grandfather about missionaries. He said that he hoped that one of his children or grandchildren would live overseas and I knew then that I wanted to be that person. Since that time, my heart has continued to be drawn toward the nations. I went on my first short-term mission trip to Mexico when I was in 9th grade and participated on several other trips throughout high school and college. When I started working for the college ministry, I began coordinating and leading multiple trips every year and have the loved the opportunity to see others experience the life change that happens when we step outside our comfort zones and pour ourselves out for others. I have made friends around the world and part of my heart will always be in those places.
Though I have been blessed with many opportunities to serve short-term, I knew that God was calling me to be somewhere for longer. I have prayed since the time I was younger about where I was supposed to go and never really felt like God had told me a specific location. In the fall of 2008, our college ministry band was playing in South Florida. It had been an incredibly difficult year in which we walked through lots of challenges and trials, the latest being the death of one of our students the day before. During worship that night, I was reminded of the verse “Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy” (Ps 126:5) and heard the Spirit saying to me that He was looking for people who would go to the emotionally hard places; that the reality of this world that we live in is that their is pain and suffering and He is looking for someone who would be willing to move toward the darkness, step into the context of the broken and bring the hope of Christ.
When I first read about the children imprisoned in Uganda, I knew I couldn’t simply close my laptop and go on living as if I didn’t know. As my friend Kirby and I talked about the work Sixty Feet is doing there, we felt we were being called to go and respond to the things that are on the heart and mind of God in that place. In August of this year, we will move to Uganda and serve with Sixty Feet for a year. I can see how God has orchestrated the details in my life and spoken to me in very specific ways to lead me to this point. I think this is going to be one of the hardest things I have ever done. Reading about the children’s stories and seeing pictures of the prisons is almost unbearable. Knowing the children by name, holding their hands and not being able to help them all right away is going to be heart-wrenching. At the same time, I am very excited about this opportunity to tangibly love these children and fight for justice on their behalf. I have great expectations for our time there and cannot wait to see His glorious power at work in Uganda.