Did you gain confidence about your life path through ServeHere? How?
ServeHere encouraged me to explore my true interests and God-given talents in a way that was very refreshing in the midst of completing a straightforward, by-the-book degree plan. I felt the freedom to dream big dreams, and to bring those dreams to God in prayer. I’m not fully sure where I will end up beyond college, but I certainly have a better grasp of the things that bring me life, and even the things that I don’t enjoy doing. Being able to process those thoughts with older, wiser counsel through ServeHere was a huge gift to me.
How do you see God's work playing out in your your future work life?
In a general sense, I want to carry the Spirit of God with me into every work setting I’m in. Being a missionary can be a daily job in any environment that has people. In a more specific sense, I would love to eventually work for a company or organization that has a direct impact on underserved people. An example of something I’d love to do would be to teach basic financial literacy or accounting skills to young adults in impoverished communities. My hands are now more open to opportunities and other dreams that the Spirit draws me towards. I’ve been encouraged through ServeHere to be active instead of passive, live into the freedom and the responsibility that God gives me, and listen for the Spirit’s direction as I move forward and make life decisions.
What was the main question you wanted answered this summer, was it answered?
This summer I hoped to discover what it was like to use accounting and finance skills in a non-profit environment. Through close interaction with the Controller at Mission of Hope, I felt like I got a much clearer grasp of what that looks like. After doing a fair amount of hands-on, field work in missions-oriented non-profits, I was eager to see the administrative side of the organization — the side that my degree has equipped me for. The experience I had at Mission of Hope -- the work itself as well as the people -- will serve as a valuable comparison as I intern in a corporate setting during this next season of my life.
What does MPA have to do with God (to you) ?
I think God created each of his people with unique skill sets, personalities, and preferences. It’s one of the beautiful things about the body of Christ. While I’m still discovering the things about me that are God-given strengths, I know that he has given me the ability to pay attention to minute details, a strong sense of thoroughness, a love for puzzles and problem-solving, and a desire to work with people. The MPA program is replete with resources, and my hope is that I will build such an expertise in accounting and the building blocks of a business that I can be an effective in employee and leader in a corporation or a nonprofit. God designed us to work, to be good at a craft, and to create culture that is glorifying to him. I hope that this unique skill set that I am pursuing will lead me to places where the gospel is needed, and that the utilization of the specific skills God has given me will bring glory to his name.