- Who are you?
"My name is Allyson Jones and I live in Tegucigalpa Honduras. I teach 2nd grade at the International School of Tegucigalpa. I am passionate about connecting in a way I haven´t quite learned how to put into words yet.
There is just something about learning about someone’s gifts and passions and connecting them with a group or place where they can fully step into using those gifts."
- Is there an event in your life that stands out as a pivotal moment that made you who you are today?
"Shew, moving down to Tegucigalpa was a big one. I have loved living down here, but it has been paired with its fair share of challenges. Lovingly working through cultural differences, working hard to see life through the eyes of others, and being open to many of my personal ideas changing rapidly, all while still holding fast to the truth of the Gospel.
Living down here has been a game changer in the way I see people and the imaginary lines we put between us based on race, gender, residence, ect.
I am embarassed at how much it took to break down that mindset that I had. I am embarrassed that I even had that mindset to begin with, but each conversation I had with someone from a different part of the world or a different perspective brought a deep love and understanding.
God used those interactions and relationships to erase those lines in my heart and mind. I could go on for hours on that topic, but I juts re-iterate that moving down here was pivotal for me in that it changed the way I see all of God´s people…and that´s huge for ministry ahead.
- Is there anything you wish you could have changed about this event in your life?
I am actually wrapping up this stage of living in Honduras and I´m getting ready to move back to the States in the summer. The decision was probably the hardest decision I´ve made in my (short) adult life, but I feel like I´m stepping into a season of using what the Lord taught me while I was down here to connect with the local church in the United States.
I want to stand in the gap between what God is doing around the world and the misconceptions the Church seems to have about the world.
At this stage of life, I feel like that would be most effectively done living in the States, with the hope of eventually moving back overseas. So, I guess it´s still very much a work in progress!
I´m really excited (and nervous) to see what´s coming next.
- What is one thing do you wish you could tell yourself (or other women) who are going through what you went through?
Proximity brings understanding. I feel like I sound like a broken record, but I really value being understood and understanding others.
If there is someone or a group of people you are struggling to understand or love- get proximate with that person or group.
As you get closer to them, I have found that God uses that proximity to bring genuine love and understanding that is necessary to move forward.
- What is on thing you wish women knew about you when they first meet you?
I think the older I get, the worse I am at first impressions. Its unreal. It should be the other way around, right? Haha. Oh well. I would say that I deeply desire to be understood. I really appreciate it when people don´t jump to conclusions and take the time to get to know me, especially in the first interactions.
- How can other women love you well?
I feel loved when other women let me in to their lives. That looks differently with everyone. For some, it might be sharing a part of your heart or what you are passionate about. For others, it might be letting me into your home to get to know you deeper through your family. I just love learning from the lives of others. As I´ve already said, I feel loved when I feel deeply understood so in turn, I am encouraged when others give me the opportunity to deeply understand their lives as well.