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MELANIE COCALIS

MISSION TRIP COORDINATOR
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Beginning in 2011, Melanie served for two summers as a Next Step intern in Pine Ridge. She then joined full-time staff and now works in many different facets of the ministry. Her heart for serving alongside communities was established after her first summer in Pine Ridge when she discovered the beauty and potential within what others may view as a broken community.  Melanie was discontent with the way short-term mission trips were structured and has since pursued a balance and collision between the week-long trips and the long-term vision and sustainability within a community.  She supports and challenges each community Next Step serves in, through the partnerships we have, the discipleship happening through the local church, and ways we are empowering the community. Melanie also has a passion for each individual that joins the internship program with Next Step and sees it as an opportunity to train and equip leaders of transformation not only in the communities we serve with, but in the lives of students. She is humbled at the opportunity to use her passions and gifts within this ministry.