Christa McCartney leaves on Monday, February 13th, 2012 to begin her missionary career in the West African nation of Burkina Faso. The daughter of Kathy and Mike McCartney (Senior Pastor of Christian Hills Church outside Chicago), she will be focusing on ministry to orphans.

Christa is a graduate of Christ for the Nations Institute (Dallas), where she majored in missions. She has already interned for five weeks in Asia and three months in Guatemala. Christa will be living with a Fulani family for one month and is excited to see what God will do this next year.

From the age of 10, Christa wanted to be a missionary. Her long-term goal is to start an orphan home in South Sudan. She is going to the field under the auspices of the Go To Nations agency in Jacksonville, Florida. To learn more, visit or contact Christa directly at