Denise Maldonado

Hometown: Waco, Texas

Ministry at Ablaze: Summer Intern

Contact:, cell: (254) 495-7393


  • Waco High School, 2020
  • St. John’s University, BA in Psychology, in progress

Ministry Background: I first got into ministry when an adult leader reached out to me about helping lead our junior high youth group. From there I began to realize how much I enjoy helping others grow as people and closer to the Lord. I really dove in my junior year of high school when I began to help lead our high school youth nights and get more involved in my faith outside of youth group. I realized my love for putting on retreats, serving others with my actions, and getting to share my faith with others.

Passions and interests: Being Catholic. My fur babies, Bella and Piper. Creating art, by drawing, painting, or sketching. Anime. Soccer. Painting my nails.

How did you become involved with Ablaze/why are you involved? I first got to know about ABLAZE because they came to my parish to lead the junior high and high school youth groups. I only got to spend a year with them in youth group, but the adults I did get to know helped kindle my flame for ministry and my love for the Lord. I wanted to know more about what they do as missionaries and their reason for why they’re doing it while I’m finding my own.

Favorite quotes and Bible Verses: 

“If it feels like you can’t do anything for others, then work on yourself first.”


“It’s not always easy to see the good in people. In some people, you might even doubt that it’s there at all. But if you can somehow find a way to believe, sometimes that’s all it takes to help someone. To give them the strength to find the good in themselves.”

 –Fruits Basket

“But how can they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how can they believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone to preach? And how can people preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!”

 –Romans 10:14-15

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