Kristen Yoder

Kristen Yoder currently resides in Elmhurst, Queens, NYC, one of the most ethnically diverse places on the earth. She loves city living and is especially partial toward NYC. She is currently completing her BA in English while participating in different church activities. She is thrilled by the beauty of the multiple countries represented in Elmhurst and her multi-ethnic church because it represents a glimpse of what the throne room in heaven will look like. Out of her passion for cultures and upbringing at the Mission Training Center (, one of her dreams is to see more ethnic diversity in Anabaptist circles.

Through research paper assignments in college and Bible school, Kristen learned to enjoy writing both as an intellectual exercise and as a way of influencing people with the truth of Scripture. One of her goals for writing is to proclaim the Gospel, challenging other believers to do the same because she believes all Christians have been given the responsibility to make disciples wherever they are. 

Currently, Kristen is learning to trust God with her whole life and hold to the promises He has given in His word. Sparked by a study on God’s immutability, or His unchangingness, she wants to continue studying more about His specific attributes, as revealed through Scripture. Besides learning about His immutability, she is also realizing the importance of His other character traits, including His goodness, faithfulness, omnipotence, and wisdom. Studying the character of God gives her a solid foundation on which she can trust Him with her whole future. 

Oh, and she will immediately jump into any conversation about the Myers-Briggs and DISC personality types or about favorite books and relieves stress by cooking new dishes, laughing with her siblings, or playing board games.

Posts By Kristen Yoder:

Why I Call New York City Home

Introduction Over eight million people live in my hometown. Many call it the Big Apple, a financial hub, an artist’s inspiration, a tourist’s destination. I call it home. When I think about New York City, I don’t picture the Brooklyn Bridge, the World Trade Center, or yellow cabs. My mind … Read More

A Feast in the Wilderness

Feast and wilderness. These two words create an antithesis. Two words that create confusion in our minds through their dissonance. A wilderness is “an uncultivated, uninhabited, and inhospitable region.” A feast is “something that gives unusual or abundant enjoyment.” We only think about them simultaneously when we are longing for … Read More

Pornography and Prostitution

Pornography and Prostitution: a backstreet brothel, a locked bedroom door, and the link between the two. It is easy to shake our heads at a problem, briefly pray for someone, or impersonally support an organization when we can stay emotionally disconnected. We give money to organizations that feed the poor … Read More

Hospitality–More Than a Tradition

Disclaimer: For many of us, COVID-19 has drastically changed “normal” hospitality. We can all struggle to know how to use our homes to minister to others. I would encourage you all to not lay aside hospitality but instead seek for new, creative ideas to use your home to reach out … Read More

Short-Term Missions: My Story and Thoughts

There I was, eighteen years old, standing beside a middle-aged Mexican lady while watching my hosts drive off and leave me with strangers in a little Mexican village.  It was my first afternoon in Mexico, and, already, I was feeling a teeny tiny bit overwhelmed. I had studied some Spanish … Read More