A Puerto Rico native with a heart for people and mission, Abigaíl Medina Betancourt relishes her role as volunteer coordinator of American Baptist Home Mission Societies’ “Rebuilding, Restoring, Renewing Puerto Rico” initiative.
“Being an instrument of hope to my people in Puerto Rico is meaningful,” she says. “I love to see how we can change the world, one life at a time.”
Since September 2017, when Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, 48 American Baptist churches, schools and other entities on the island have been restored or are undergoing restoration through the initiative.
In 2018, the initiative welcomed 40 volunteer teams and 480 volunteers to the island to help with American Baptist rebuilding efforts.
“I like communicating with the volunteers before, during and after their visit to Puerto Rico,” she says.
Betancourt has served in short-term mission in Thailand, Haiti and the Republic of Georgia, in addition to speaking at theological ecumenical encounters in Tanzania and Brazil.
In 2018, she earned a Master of Divinity degree at Seminario Evangélico de Puerto Rico.