So why am I here? About a year ago I was half way through getting my master’s degree in Agronomy at the University of Nebraska when I typically would be searching for upcoming possibilities in the job market. Surprisingly, this is a task that I had enjoyed doing in the past. Weird I know, but I rather enjoy the challenge of all the hoop jumping and obstacles you have to get through when applying and interviewing for jobs. However, at this juncture I started thinking long-term and wondering if the direction I was heading was where I wanted to go. The more I thought about it, the more I wanted to search out other opportunities.
Opportunities, well I’ve had a lot of those and I’ve had a few careers, but something was always missing. I could never put my finger on it. Business relationships are what got to me the most. Now, before I talk about relationships, let me first interject that all my concerns about my relationships pertain just as much or more to me, than it does with those I’ve had relationships with. So with that said, I just felt that most of these relationships were void of any real concern or love for others. It just felt like going through one motion to the next or getting one more check on a list to climb the business ladder. I kept finding myself in situations where I just felt like saying, “Can we just stop the posturing and flattery and have one meaningful conversation beyond the fringes.”
Most concerning for myself were my hesitations to interject my relationship with God in conversations or meetings and the unspoken lack of freedom to share with others the love God has shown me throughout my life. These kinds of situations are the ones I could see happening eternally until the end of any career not centered on God and I was no longer willing to except that fate. So what am I going to do?
To start with, I began to take a detour in the job search and made a plan for after graduation to enter mission’s work. By doing this I’m looking for peace through a closer relationship with God as well as with others. I’m looking for a life and a journey where I can freely express my love for God and share with others the love he has shown me.
This blog will focus on the love God has shown me, as well as display the work that he is doing through others in South Africa. This work is possible by partnering with others who share the same heart and are willing to serve in any capacity that they can. I have the opportunity to do this by being given the privilege to be working for an organization called HuntSA Ministires, located in the Transkei region of South Africa. HuntSA Ministries was originally created to help vulnerable children and those infected by AIDS/HIV within the rural areas of South Africa often not visited by most South Africans.
By following God’s word and doing his work in South Africa with HuntSA Ministries I hope to find the peace that I am looking for and build relationships centered upon Jesus Christ. For the Lord said in John 16:33, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”