Though there is need Everywhere…

….I have been presented with the opportunity to serve with World Concern in Africa.
Ever since accepting the Communication Liaison position with World Concern, I have been personally battling with the false idea that I am just “another white girl going to try to help needy people in Africa”.

This is my attempt to share a deeper piece of my heart. I want you all to know why I am moving to work in Africa- not Cambodia, Haiti, Chicago, or South Seattle.

Though I am still in the process of questioning and learning, Here is what I do know…

There is need all over the world, including America.

In fact, there is need in my own neighborhood.

I believe that there is a reason why every person is gifted with a unique set of skills, talents, and passions.

These skills, talents, and passions must be used wisely by the proper people in the proper place at the proper time.

When an individual’s skills, talents, and passions match a specific need, that individual must act.

Though I recognize that my skills, talents, and passions can be used to serve the needs of people both locally and internationally, I have been blessed with the chance to serve abroad.

There is no doubt in my mind that my skills, talents, and passions will be will be utilized through the work I will be doing with World Concern in Africa. I am grateful for the opportunity to use what I have been given in an international setting. What an incredible chance to learn not only about how to be an effective journalist, but also to learn about other cultures, peoples, and beautiful ways of living.

I do not feel that I need to go all the way to Africa in order to use the gifts that I have been given to assist those in need. I do feel that I need to go to Africa in order to be obedient to the incredible opportunity that has been laid before me- to be a voice on behalf of the voiceless.

I look forward to this experience with great anticipation…
…anticipation of being challenged emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally
…anticipation of building relationships
…anticipation of expanding my world view
…anticipation of learning from those different than me
…anticipation of gaining skills that I can bring with me as I return home to the states
…anticipation of learning what World Concern is doing so that I can share their work with others
…anticipation of doing my part to contribute to the work of World Concern.

Thank you for trusting my intentions, for listening to my heart, and for supporting me and the meaningful work of World Concern.

“Vocation is where our greatest joy meets the world’s greatest need.” – Frederick Buechner

 

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