Amy Formella, Pre-Field
Amy Formella grew up in Neenah, Wisconsin, the third of four children. Her parents still live in Neenah, land of the manhole cover. Her mom, dad, stepmom and siblings have loved and encouraged her, and also nurtured her sense of humor.
In high school, Amy was active in recreational soccer, swimming, jazz band and church youth group. She continued swimming on a club team and greatly expanded her ministry and missions activities at universtiy. She graduated from Concordia University, Mequon, in 2015 with a degree in Lay Ministry and Theological Languages.
Amy participated in LBT’s 2014 Crossroads Botswana trip. Her highly collaborative nature and ability to easily understand other’s needs made her a great asset to the team. As Amy says, “in order for people to live eternally with Jesus Christ, they need to know who He is and what He has done for us by having access to His Word. Not only do people need to hear about Christ, but they need to hear about Him in a way that they can understand.”
This led Amy to pursue missionary service with LBT. She completed training at the Graduate Institute of Applied Linguistics (GIAL) in Dallas, Texas, in 2016. In 2017 she began service in Sierra Leone, helping with the Mende Old Testament translation project.