Friends, I have some exciting news to announce today! Some of you may already know, as it has been over a year in the making….and well, I am just not that good at holding in something I am really excited about! Well, here it is:
This next February, 2014, I will be moving to the beautiful country of Haiti to work for Help One Now as their Haiti Operations Director!
I know, crazy right?! The conversation began when I first visited Haiti in June of 2012. They had brought up the idea, but I felt that it was not the right time. I had just gone through our church plant closing down in Austin, and I wanted to stay loyal to the partnerships I had already started in Uganda. I spent the next year praying about, and seeking council from friends wiser than I. This last summer, I got the chance to go back to Uganda to continue the work I started their over 3 years ago. The Help One Now team was there with me for a week, as well as a week in Zimbabwe. The conversation started again, but this time something was different. I felt a peace that the work in Uganda could now be continued from afar…..and I knew in my heart that the time had finally come to go.
Over the last few months since the trip, I have been working alongside Help One Now’s International Operations Director, Lamar Stockton, to set a plan of when I will go, how long I will be there, and what I will be doing while there. We decided that February would be an appropriate time to go, and that we would commit to me staying there for at least 2 years. While there I will be working on 4 major things:
- I will learn the language and culture, and seek to better understand the needs of the people we are serving.
- I will meet with our local leaders on a weekly basis and consistently gather information on all of our projects, as well as seek opportunities for growth.
- I will be able to keep better track of our child sponsorships as well as better tell the stories of the children and families we serve.
- I will host teams as they come on pilgrimages/learning journeys, and help all who come to join our story
Though I will be moving to Haiti on my own, this is absolutely something that I cannot do alone! Help One Now thrives as a catalytic tribe of people working together to care for those in need around the world. I will need people by my side in prayer and encouragement to get me through the daily challenges of living in the poorest country in the western hemisphere. I will also need people who are willing to partner with us to see healing, hope, and renewal in Haiti. There are several ways you can do this. The biggest way is through our child sponsorships. They are the heartbeat of what we do, and what we believe will bring about lasting, sustainable change for the people of Haiti. You can also host a Garage Sale For Orphans. This is an incredibly simple way to raise funds to support the work of our local leaders, and get rid of some excess junk while you’re at it! You can also take a trip to Haiti, or to any of our other partner countries. This is the best way to familiarize yourself with the people we serve, and to help us better tell their stories!
You can also help by supporting me financially as I go. I will be raising $5000 for start up costs and have set a goal to raise $1500 monthly. My monthly support will cover some of my basic needs and allow me to better serve our local leaders. It will cover my food and housing, transportation to and from our different areas of partnership, and in country living expenses (i.e. visas, health insurance, licenses). If you would like to learn more about supporting me or hear more about my story with Help One Now, you can go to:
If you would like to read more about the leaders we work with and their countries, you can go here:
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Thank you so much for considering partnering with me and Help One Now as we work together to see hope, healing, and renewal in Haiti! If you have any questions at all, please feel free to contact me at:
Peace. Love. Renewal.