Welcome to the Crusader Crux! Where we look to see what our Lord Jesus Christ is up to in fellow alumni lives. This issue we meet Christina Nissen. She is a 1986 graduate of Mayer Lutheran High School and currently lives in Farmington with her children; Andrew (17), Lydia (15) and Isabella (13). Her parents are the Rev. Norman and Eunice Nissen. Christina works with patient finances at the Shrine Hospital and has been there for one year.
“I help uninsured patients find out how to get Medicaid or other insurance. I help non-citizens get financial help at the hospital. I help sign families up for help with deductibles and coinsurance if they cannot afford them. I get prior authorization for children that need medical tests done.”
One of the things Christina enjoys most is that she can do God’s work by helping disabled kids get excellent healthcare regardless of their ability to pay.
“Without my faith and desire to serve, I wouldn’t be doing this type of work.”
Christina also shares her love of Jesus with her church Shepherd of the Valley in Apple Valley where she teaches confirmation, counts offering and does other volunteering. With three kids, a full time job and doing Christ’s work at her church it’s hard to believe that for 15 years she has also lead the Farmington Service of Girl Scouts and helps out the Boy Scouts.
While Christina was with Mayer Lutheran High School she had the unique opportunity to be a boarding student. She has a special place in her heart for that experience and how God lead her to that appreciation.
“I lived with a boarding family. I’d like families who do accept boarders to know what a gift they have given those families. For others, I’d like them to consider taking in a boarder. Unless the school has found another way to house people. Still, welcoming in students from a distance is a huge benefit. Thank you.”
It’s easy to see Christ in this servant’s life and she feels blessed by all His gifts. Mayer Lutheran High School had a pivotal role in Christina’s journey and her choices reflect that.
“I have been very blessed and have been able to spend time with my family, see many new places, and find meaningful work. None of this would be possible without God’s help and directions. MLHS helped me learn to trust God and enabled me to strengthen my faith.”
Her words of wisdom to us are: “Have faith in God and follow Him where he leads you. There are too many bad things that happen and too many choices to make to face it all on our own.”
Thank you for your service to our Lord’s sheep, Christina!