Thursday, January 31, 2019

Emily - World Race Gap Year

Your greatest contribution to the kingdom of God may not be something you do but someone you raise. - Andy Stanley

The Ember Cast, and of course, Deanna and I, are thrilled to announce that our Emily has committed to being on The World Race Gap Year starting in September 2019 for 9 months. WRGY is run by Adventures in Missions, a global missions agency based outside of Atlanta. I have a ton of respect for Adventures - they've done some deep thinking about character formation for young people and using cross cultural experiences to help the next generation understand themselves, their calling and the impact they can have for a world in need. They are super careful about sustainable charity and engaging local partners and their president, Seth Barnes, still has the best debriefing resources found anywhere - I still pull something from his library for every summer team.

From the time our children were little, we tried to embrace the ethos that our family was blessed to be a blessing to others. We are so proud that Em has chosen an experience along this trajectory, one that will grow her character while serving a world in need because of what the Lord has done in her life. And of course, our kids grew up around this and we know it's never certain they would continue to do this kind of stuff as they got older - the double edged sword of being Ember spawn.

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