I love the Frederich Buechner quote, “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” It’s from his book Wishful Thinking, a Seeker’s ABC.
There continue to be enormous needs around the world, and a passionate group of people who won’t sleep well at night unless they’re making a difference.
We love helping provide opportunities at this intersection. For 6 years, 163 Convoy of Hope Interns have served God and the poor in 17 countries around the world. We love these team members and are proud of where God is taking them as they continue their journey. Alumni are on nearly every continent helping those in need…some are serving in very, very tough places.
In 2013, we’re excited to coordinate the launch of Convoy of Hope Compassion Teams. Now, church groups and other organizations can serve as a team for about a week through Convoy of Hope around the world. Many teams will come alongside our Children’s Feeding Initiative where over 125,000 children are fed. Others will join outreaches around the world. All will help those in need through opportunities on the ground with Convoy of Hope.
For 11 years, I’ve helped lead teams much like this and am excited to be a part of this new endeavor. We’re still lining up many ducks (i.e. the website will be much more robust soon), but are thrilled with the potential. Throughout the year, I’ll work to help pave the way for teams to connect with even more opportunities in more places. Also, it’s very important to us that the teams serve in such a way that all involved will benefit…and that’s a difficult philosophical task!
For this to be as smooth as possible, the intern program is going on hiatus. Convoy of Hope continues to be committed to seeing the army of compassion launched throughout the world, and we continue to serve that cause with passion. When it returns, it’ll be at the most strategic time and place.
We’ve loved each step of the journey and look forward to many more ahead. I’m passionate about this expanded horizon and look forward to what God has in store…