My name is Melanie Lorang, I’m 20 years old and I’m from Homer Glen, IL! I have two sweet parents, Anne and Tom, and I’m the 4th of 5 siblings— I have two older sisters Aimee and Lizzie, my older brother Alex (who is in seminary, pray for him!) and a little brother Andrew who is 8 years old (he wants to be a priest too).
A little bit more about me, coming out of high school in 2019, I served as a missionary with NET Ministries in Dallas, Texas on a discipleship team 12. The ministry I was able to do consisted of a few different things: 1-on-1 discipleship, host family dinners, assisting with youth nights, and confirmation small groups. We were supposed to stay at this particular parish for the whole 9 month commitment, but because of Covid things were cut short and I was went home mid-March. Ending my year so quickly, I still felt a tug in my heart to be a missionary, and that I wasn’t finished yet. So I ended up serving a second year with NET this past year on retreat Team 8! My team and I served all the way from Minnesota to Texas and everywhere in between. But with the country pretty closed down and with limited gatherings, the first half of the 9 months was spent doing any and all things asked of us— anywhere from putting in new flooring at a bible camp, or helping out at a home for the sick and dying. We were able to lead about 70 retreats by the end of the year, and I just got off the road in May. I am so excited to be able to be in a part of such a thriving community, and I look forward to being able to walk alongside y’all in this journey towards Christ.