Frances Cecilia Hayes was commissioned for a two year appointment as a Global Mission Fellow with the United Methodist General Board of Global Ministries in August 2017. She will start her missionary work at as a chaplain Restore Hope Ministries in Tulsa. She is the 23-year-old daughter of Rev. Terrence Hayes, Senior Pastor at Windcrest UMC, San Antonio.
Hayes was drawn to missionary work because of her background in the medical field as a nursing student. She desires to use the skills she has required to reach more people and could not pass up the opportunity to do some traveling as well.
“Since I was little, I’ve always felt God working through my life and God working through me, either through song or praise and dance,” said Hayes. “Listening to someone, giving them a hug, and encouraging others;" being empathetic is how she exhibits her fruits of the spirit.
Hayes looks forward to sharing wisdom she learned from her 101-year old grandmother.
“She helped me understand that life will knock you down, but it’s the way you get up from those life lessons that counts.”
As a chaplain at Restore Hope Ministries, Hayes hopes to use the trials she has been through as the key to her ministry in helping people with rental or food assistance. “I want to pray with you and for you, and be a vessel that God shines through, to be your light to help you through anything." Her attitude is, "We can get through it together with God.”