maggie downing, ablaze missionaryMaggie Downing

Hometown: Wimberley, Texas

Ministry Background: The summer before I went into high school, I went on a freshman retreat, and I felt this push to just finally surrender everything to the Lord. I became youth group president shortly after that and staffed every retreat I was invited to. Through working on these retreats, I began to feel a call to ministry. I had always planned since elementary school to go to Franciscan, so it was the obvious step when I graduated High School. After my one year there, I knew God was calling me back to my hometown to train alongside the ministers at my parish and to be a light for the youth. I began working with both the High School and Junior High Groups. God has taught me so much through my ministry over the last few years, most specifically about the beauty of the Body of Christ.

Passions and Interests: I love driving through the Texas Hill Country with my windows down, trying every new restaurant, having jam sessions with my family, and taking lots of time to stop and take pictures of every beautiful thing I see on the side of the road. The simplicity of things brings me the most joy and I love sharing that joy with others!

How did you become involved with Ablaze/Why are you involved? I originally heard about Ablaze on Facebook when it was first founded and have been following ever since! Then, I accidentally ended up on a Confirmation retreat being lead by Taylor Schroll and he suggested I look more into the mission of Ablaze. I went home and read the entire website and began praying. I had spent the last few years looking for a ministry opportunity and I just absolutely loved the mission of this company and I knew that I wanted to be apart of it!

Favorite Quotes & Bible Verse

“Let your religion be less of a theory and more of a love affair.”

–GK Chesterton

“He said, “Come.” Peter got out of the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.”

–Matthew 14:22-33

“I am not afraid, I was born to do this.”

–Saint Joan of Arc