These past few weeks a lot has been happening in my life. After a lot of prayer and going through 4 weeks of small group leader training, I found out this past week that I will be serving JMU’s InterVarsity chapter as a freshman small group leader during the 2016-2017 school year! I honestly was not expecting this position but I am so excited to see all the work God will be doing through me and my co next year with our freshman.
Last month, the organization that I co-lead, the Shenandoah Valley Justice Initiative, held an event called Justice Summit. Our goal for having this event was to unite the Harrisonburg community and deepening the heart for justice. One of the speakers we had at the event was Jonathan Walton, the director of the New York City Urban Project. After a few conversations about what I want to do with my future career, he encouraged me to apply for the NYCUP Summer Leadership Immersion Program. In all honesty I had heard about this program a few months ago and had begun applying for it, but I realized that I should pursue a more practical paying job instead. At the point of the summit, I was all lined up to be working as a camp counselor and photographer. I would work at the camp for three months and receive a pretty hefty payment at the end of the summer.
This wasn’t God’s plan. The day after the summit, I went and revisited the program’s website… And I burst into tears. I knew that this is what I should be doing this summer. God broke me down and helped me realize how uncomfortable and challenging this summer would be. I’ve never felt more at peace about anything in my life.
So I sent in my application and two weeks ago I found out that I was in! For two months this summer, I will not only be serving the broken populations of the city through working with Nomi Network but also learning more about what restorative biblical justice is and also taking steps towards full-time stewardship when I graduate.
I would love for you all to come on this journey with me. Through prayer and your financial aid I will be able to help give a voice to all the poor and powerless.