Have you volunteered in Kenya? Gone on a short term mission trip to Greece? Support friends working in Peru? Know of an orphanage in Tanzania that could use an extra set of hands?
Then I need your help!
In early 2010, I was reading Tim Keller’s Counterfeit Gods as part of my “10 Goals in 2010” initiative (right, I have themed initiatives for my own life, complete with Powerpoint presentations.) As I was reading, I began to feel very convicted for prioritizing work and city life over all the things that used to be so important to me, particularly volunteering domestically and going on short term missions abroad.
Since I was a kid, I have had a heart for missions, and when I lived in Atlanta and had a bit more free time, I was much more focused on that calling than I was when I lived in NYC.
Now that I have a wide open year ahead of me, in addition to traveling and writing and meeting new folks, I am hoping to fill much of my year with volunteer opportunities. During my three trips to Bolivia, I worked with orphans, with abandoned, drug addicted street kids and on construction projects from brick-laying to painting to house-building. I’m up for just about anything as long as I am being useful. I can spend a day or a week or a month depending on a million factors, and since many of you have participated in some type of voluntourism, I value your suggestions!