I am Michelle Paine and I was born and raised in Walla Walla, WA. I was first exposed to Good Samaritan Ministries in 1989, when I was 8 years old. I grew up in the ministry, attending intensive trainings in Beaverton and other events the ministry would hold.
My family traveled to Israel and Egypt in 1995 on a tour lead by Mama Bettie Mitchell. This began the more focused ministry of working with youth in the Walla Walla area. We began doing Kids Samaritan Training Camp (KSTC). This was a camp designed, planned, and lead by youth, 8 – 17 years old, while the adults were there to help mentor. I was the co-director of the camp and assisted with the worship and teaching for three years. I then took over the training of the youth when I was a senior in high school. In 1998, we took a team of youth to Israel on a work study tour.
During high school I was on the Walla Walla regional board as the youth representative. I attended the monthly meetings, gave input on our work, and reports on KSTC.
I traveled to Kenya and Uganda in 1999, and my love and deep passion for Uganda was developed. I traveled back to Uganda in 2006, after receiving my teaching degree, and felt a call to work at the school in Masaka. I lived and taught at the school from June 2008 – Sept 2009. It gave me a deeper understanding of the ministry and the schooling there, but also showed me that they know their culture and people better than we ever can, and why as a ministry we must empower the local people to do the work. I have since visited with my daughter and mother in 2013.
GSM has impacted my life in many ways and I believe that it is important to pass on the calling of the ministry. I have a heart for training up the next generation, not only locally but internationally as well. Who are we mentoring in the work of the ministry? I also enjoy learning about other cultures and how our people are using their current situations to minister to people.