Since coming back from Turkey, “Where are you going next?” has been a constant question.
Just to clarify, I’m not making any big moves for the next couple years. I’m taking some time in Richmond to work in the US office of World Horizons and Hillside Missions as their Communications Director so I can think about where I want to be long-term. When I commit to a place to do ministry, I want to be able to commit for at least 5 years so I can help build up work that will last, not work that will fall apart when I leave. That’s a big decision, so I’m allowing myself time to make it.
However, while here in Richmond, I do have a lot of opportunities to go on short-term trips. Some traveling is for conferences, some is for establishing art galleries, some is for English teaching, some is for other varieties of ministry. Over the next year, I’ll have opportunities to travel to North Africa, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, and a handful of conferences around the United States.
The most immediate opportunities are in Boston and Wales. At the end of this month, I will travel to Boston for Gordon College’s mission week. Last year we had a great time, met some great people, and I wrote a couple blog posts about it. This year, like last year, I will be there to talk to students about our training program and open positions all over the world. Because we go to Gordon, there will be missionaries working among unreached people groups in the future. The cost of this trip is $200 and I am currently fundraising for it.
The second place I will travel is Wales in late April. I have been invited by our international director to attend our organization’s Global Council. All of the leadership in our organization will be present and will make decisions that will help guide the ministry efforts of our 400+ members on every continent for the next couple years. While there, I will note-take for some meetings, get to meet a lot of people in leadership and get to know more about the global planning and decision-making process in our organization. This is a great opportunity and an incredibly important step for me, as I plan on working with World Horizons for a long time in the future. The cost for this, including airfare, is $900 and I am fundraising for this as well.
Nobody in my organization earns a salary. Everyone, from interns to our director, funds their time in our office and in ministry-related travel through fundraising and working other jobs. Currently I receive some monthly support, and I nanny and do English tutoring. I am seeking one-time donations for conferences and international short-term trips. If you would like to contribute to the work I do in the US, the work I do at conferences, or the work I do internationally, you can click the link below. All contributions are tax-deductible.