Pat Fancher

I’m from the beautiful state of Maryland, an area steeped in history and heritage, as well as relaxing beaches and big-city vibes. A few of my favorite things are digging into a mouth-watering Chesapeake Bay crab cake and cheering on my Maryland Terrapins! Moving from the East Coast to the Midwest was a big transition, but so many incredible blessings came with the move. 

For 23 years I was privileged to be employed at Christ In Youth (CIY), where I served as Program Director of International Trips. In addition to my passion for missions, I have a deep desire to help alleviate modern-day slavery. In my present role as Prevention Director for Rapha House International, I get to advocate, educate, and help raise awareness against sexual exploitation. I also serve as a board member for Blackbox International, a faith-based NGO, that exists to holistically rehabilitate sex-trafficked boys. 

By far though, the greatest blessings in my life have been my role as wife, mother, and “Nanny.” Sadly, grief has been my companion since January 5, 2016. On that date, my husband received a passport to Heaven, and I am grateful for family and friends who have walked the broken road with me. My heart and soul continues to be nourished by the stories of others – testimonies intertwined with sorrow and joy. What I have learned is that even in the darkest night of our soul — when we think we’ve lost “everything,” God restores and heals. Our story continues to unfold.