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Last Edited: 23 January 2020


Kathi Small

My Story

I am the first of three children born to a pastor and his wife who have a passion for missions. Experiences with missionaries at church, in our home, as well as trips with my parents to visit missionaries in South America planted the seeds for missionary service and missionary life. In the end God called me as an early adult to use my profession on the mission field.

I am a graduate of:

Taylor University, BS Elementary Education

Indiana University, MS Education

Columbia International University, MA Bible

A teacher by profession, I first served as a teacher of missionary children in western Venezuela, then in church development in eastern Venezuela. Since 2006 I have lived and served in Arequipa, Peru.


My family lives in the US. I am a single woman.

Ministry Focus:

I currently serve as a member of the missionary team at the El Camino Church in Arequipa, Peru. The church celebrated its 11th anniversary in 2012. As a team member my principal responsibilities are development of leaders both in women’s ministry and our church’s discipleship program.

It has been said that nationals do ministry better than a foreign missionary. I agree with this statement and therefore by empowering Peruvians I hope that my legacy will not be WHAT I leave behind; rather WHO I leave behind.

Additionally, as a facilitator for the Sharpening Your Interpersonal Skills (SYIS) workshop in Spanish I am working with two other mission organizations to make the workshop viable to the Peruvian church by training nationals to become facilitators.

The People:

Arequipa is a traditional and old city (founded more than 470 years ago) in southern Peru. Arequipans are a proud and independent people with strong family ties. Social class standing in ingrained within the fabric of society. The influence of Roman Catholicism permeates all aspects of the culture.

Primary Prayer Request:

The current transition from a missionary led leadership to the church’s first Peruvian pastor.