So why am I here? Well, back in 2012 half way through getting my master’s degree in Agronomy at the University of Nebraska, I decided to drop everything and head for South Africa. This is typically when most would be searching for upcoming possibilities in the job market,
Surprisingly, the job search routine is a task I enjoy. So it was a surprise I was hesitant to start. Going through the gauntlet of hoop jumping and obstacles you have to get through when applying and interviewing for jobs, at least I typically the case for someone with a diverse professionally history, for me is always a fun and entertaining experience. However, at this juncture I started thinking 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, than a typical j-o-b.
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 was 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 was looking for peace through a closer relationship with God as well as with others. I was 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.
Fast forward a few years, and I learned quite a bit during my time in Africa. If you’re curious, check out the recent news tab, and you can peruse the newsletters I sent out over the three years during that time. This opens the door to my experiences during that chapter of my life.
When I returned to the States in late 2016, my life was forever changed. I began working in a new career, spring-boarded through the marketing opportunities working in South Africa provided. I also began my pursuit for more education, enrolling in master seminary and business courses at North Park University.
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. It will also follow my studies during my time at North Park. If you’re interested in how I plan on bridging this experience into my professional career, you can visit Copy Epic, where I plan on showing my views on leadership, business communication, and marketing.
Even though I’ve returned to the States and am not in full-time ministry, I continue to volunteer with Village South Africa, my sending organization during my time there. By following God’s word and doing his work in South Africa with I hope found the peace that I was looking for and was able to build relationships centered upon Jesus Christ, that will continue with me for the rest of my life. 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.”