Ashley graduated from Baldwin Wallace University in 2012. She earned her undergraduate degree in International Studies and French. She was living in Sogoniko in the Bamako province of Mali where she worked as a school teacher for the FEC Ministries. Political strife in northern Mali forced her to return home slightly early in March 2013.
Alumni Spotlight: Ashley Freytag '12
The following was written by Ashley soon after her arrival in Mali in September 2012:
"We (Steve and Pat Nelson, Masters, and myself) arrived in Bamako late on the 15th. Our travels went well, and all of our luggage made it safe and sound. It has only been a week and half and we have already gotten so much accomplished. Steve has been taking us around town to show us where we can shop for groceries, Tuesday we went to the tailor to have some pagnes (the local dress) made, and this past weekend the Masters moved into their house and I moved into my apartment. The extra bedroom in my apartment will be used to home school the Masters’ two girls Chloe (10) and Cora (8). School starts tomorrow! It is a huge responsi-bility, but what a privilege it is to play such a large role in their lives! I am so blessed to be surrounded by a wonderful missionary community and am looking forward to building relationships with the Maliennes.
It is hard to believe that I am actually in Africa. So many times I would look at a map of the world, see Africa, and dream of what it would be like to be here. Now that I am a school teacher, I have a globe sitting on my desk. It is fun to look at Africa with the same dreamy perspective and think wow, I am actually here."