First Steps

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An update on my life post-grad

Since graduating with my Master’s in Social Work back in May, I’ve often shrugged and provided a vague answer when asked about my career plans. An exciting opportunity has been in the works for a few months now and I’m thrilled to finally share the news!

In June, I visited Ecuador for three weeks with a team of other social work students from Azusa Pacific University. We partnered with several organizations there to provide training and support for their staff. Most of them are heavily reliant on volunteer work and donations, because there is little government support for social programs. These wonderful organizations serve the most vulnerable members of society and it was a privilege to work alongside them.

From the moment we landed in Quito, the capital city, I fell in love with the country. The more time we spent meeting people, learning about the culture, and working with the organizations, the more I came to love Ecuador. I wondered if the reason I didn’t have a job lined up at that point was because God had something planned for me overseas. As we visited each organization, I would pray and ask God to show me if He was calling me back to one of them.

While all of the organizations do outstanding work, I was most excited by Antioch Christian Academy, located in the jungle town of MisahuallĂ­ (mee-sah-wah-YEE). The school provides education, counseling, and other support for children and their families to help break the cycle of poverty and abuse. The minute we stepped onto the Antioch campus, before we had even met a single staff member, I knew God was calling me to serve at the school.

Not at all by coincidence, we quickly learned that the school was looking to hire a social worker to provide additional support for the students, the staff, and the community – and our team was asked to help write the job description. My own experience, knowledge, skills, and interests line up almost perfectly with what the school is looking for. At that point, God’s calling for me could not have been any more clear. I have never felt so sure of anything in my life as I was in that moment when I knew I would be returning to Antioch.

After an application process and an interview, I have officially been offered the position! But that is only the beginning of this journey. The job requires a month of missionary training in Colorado, six months of Spanish-language training in Quito, and a two-year commitment to the school. It is an unpaid position, and I will need to raise my own support before I leave for Ecuador in May 2019. God has already shown up in throughout this process, and I have faith He will meet me in my fundraising efforts as well. I would love for you to partner with me in any way that you can.

I cannot fully express how excited and humbled I am by this opportunity. A year ago, I was in such a drastically different place emotionally and spiritually that I could never have imagined being called to missionary work in a foreign country. I owe this all to the healing power of Christ, and to those who have stepped in during the past year and a half to be the hands and feet of Jesus to love me and support me. Thanks to you, I now have the chance to turn around and serve others who desperately need to hear the Gospel.

Learn more about Antioch Christian Academy at
junglekidsforchrist.org

How you can help in October

  • Be in prayer for the staff and students at Antioch Christian Academy and my preparations to join them.
  • Share this newsletter and encourage others to join the mailing list.
  • Plan to attend an upcoming fundraising event!

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