Dear Family & Friends,
As most of you know, the transitions that occur during the post-college years are far from easy. Although some people have a sense of direction and enroll in nursing school, begin teaching second grade, or join the Peace Corps, the majority of recent college graduates leave school with an unexpectedly overwhelming feeling of “what’s next?”
My three-plus years at Seattle Pacific University were very transformational in making me the person I am today, but I can honestly say that the year and a half post-college has been just as significant.
Shortly after graduating, I was blessed to be offered a wonderful job as a marketing assistant. Yet I continued to seek jobs that more closely aligned with where my heart was leading me. After many closed doors and moments of hopeless frustration, God opened a window — an unbelievable window at that.
After much prayer, discussion, and consideration, I have chosen to accept a support-raised position as the communication liaison for World Concern in Kenya. I feel clearly called to be in relationship with, and a voice on behalf of the marginalized, and this is a fabulous opportunity to do so. Although the task to raise my own support seems like a bit of a mountain, I have faith that God moves mountains.
In my new position, I will be living in Nairobi, Kenya for two years and traveling to World Concern’s various development project sites in Chad, Somalia, South Sudan, and Kenya. I will be photographing the progress being made, interviewing the beneficiaries of those projects, and reporting their stories back to headquarters. The pieces I write will be shared with World Concern donors and supporters via newsletters, blog posts, and social media. It is my greatest desire that the stories I compile will further highlight the dire needs of the people World Concern serves and how lives are being transformed.
World Concern is an incredible nonprofit organization that works to bring disaster assistance and sustainable development projects to the most destitute, least served areas of the world. Some of their projects in Africa include digging wells, assisting with agriculture, and establishing income opportunities for refugees. I encourage you to learn more about World Concern and their work by visiting www.worldconcern.org, or ask me!
You are receiving this letter because, at some point over the past 24 years, you have played a prominent role in my life and the shaping of my character. You are a part of who I am and I would be honored to have you be a part of my future. I also know that you have a heart for those who are suffering. I cannot express how grateful I would be if you would come alongside me as I step through the open window into this new chapter in my life.
Be on my support team. Raising funds and moving to Africa for two years are huge undertakings, and I know I’ll need a close team to support me. Please let me know if you feel called to help in any of the following areas:
- Be a part of a dedicated prayer team
- Assist me with communications
- Help with fundraising (host a dessert social on my behalf, or introduce me to your group
- Facilitate logistical and transportation needs
- Be a part of my re-integration to the U.S.
Finances. Before I can leave for Kenya, I’ll need to have enough monthly pledges to cover my expenses, for things like a modest monthly salary, health insurance, workers’ compensation and daily living expenses. I also need to raise the funds to cover my one-time expenses, such as airline tickets, visa and work permit, job-specific training, etc.
I would be honored if you would commit to partnering with me by committing a monthly amount to support me. Your donations go through World Concern, making them tax deductible. But every penny you give goes toward the budget for my role as communications liaison, which will in turn give back to those World Concern is helping.
Please prayerfully consider supporting me in this venture – with prayer, financial support, and if you feel called, by joining my support team. In return, please know that I am committing to transparently, genuinely, diligently, and consistently sharing with you my journey, and the stories of lives being transformed by the work of World Concern. To learn more about my work or to set up a monthly donation, check out www.worldconcern.org/fieldworkers/kelly.
I will continue to send you my monthly letters filling you in on the highlights of this journey God has brought me on, and the progress I’m making. If you would rather receive the letter in a different format (email or snail mail), please let me know. Please feel free to contact me with any questions you may have. Also, I hope to connect with you in person or over the phone. I’d love to tell you more about this opportunity, over a meal or on a walk together. My contact information is below.
Also, be sure to follow my blog: kelly.worldconcern.org
Thank you for reading this, thank you for being a part of my life, thank you for your prayers, thank you for your donations, thank you for your words of wisdom and encouragement.
Seattle, WA 98103