As a fundraised worker, I need your continued support over these next 6 months!
In mid-February, I will going abroad for four months for a multipurpose travel time. First, I will seek experience by working directly with refugee relief and integration, and secondly, I will be upgrading my vocational skills to help non-native English speakers learn English.
Recently shut and newly opened doors have led me to begin a bit of sojourning myself. It is very evident to me that God is moving me. Over the years of working with the refugee community, I've heard stories upon stories and always knew one day I would see for myself-- and lend my ears, hands and heart to the displaced peoples throughout the world.
Now, It is so clear that it's time for me to go.
So now, Raft Amad shifts from a community initiative to a personal initiative. The mantra of Raft Amad will carry on to be the mantra of my life-- beautifully aligned with my calling as a follower of Jesus.
As a story-teller and an empathizer of those who have had to experience such displacement, I've always desired to be abroad again in some context and these recent years and connections have given me reason to travel.
I will head out mid February to visit some beloved friends on the East coast and then in Rwanda---and plan to arrive in Greece by March 6th. From there, I anticipate working with YWAM on the Greek Island of Lesvos. As far in advance as this is, plans are still being finalized. There is a huge refugee camp on the shores of Lesovs that does relief work of all sorts for those who make it safely into Greek waters after being smuggled out of Turkey. My heart is to carry on in the relationship building I've known and practiced for so long. In the midst of crisis of any size, people need communion, love and to be treated with dignity.
After 4-5 weeks working with YWAM, I will transfer over to the island of Crete, Greece, where I will be taking a 4 week intensive program to become TEFL certified., April 23-May 18.
TEFL stands for "Teaching English as a Foreign Language". Becoming certified is comparable to becoming credentialed- but specificaly for teaching nonnative speakers. I will be studying through International TEFL Academy, an accredited program based out of Chicago. As one who is experienced in teaching, communicating cross-culturally and tutoring, this will be a significant investment (and one I've often dreamed of accomplishing) as I pave the way to be able to effectively work and minister both locally and internationally over years to come. There is a job market for persons with my education level and experience in over 100 countries worldwide after becoming certified.
My planned trip will last until mid June. There are a few different potential landing spots for me during that time; one hope is that I may be able to travel into Turkey or Malta during that last month. I have a number of connections to workers, expats and organizations there.
We will see what doors God opens and closes after those four months. Please be praying with me for His divine direction.
If you've been a financial partner of Raft Amad, please consider propelling me into this next phase of the journey by continuing your monthly gifts through this campaign! Recurring donation is possible through this site and is highly encouraged.
$12,000, the campaign goal, is a number that encompasses the TOTAL budget for the next 6 months-- an estimate of $2,000 monthly. This number is inclusive of travel, insurance, cost of living, as well as a couple remaining bills back home, like student loans.
If you'd like to give a one-time gift or spontenaously over the next 6 months, everything helps! One-time donations can be made anytime through this campaign.
Here lies a great article about working in refugee camps and what it's NOT supposed to be. Likewise, in camps on foreign soil or interacting with refugees in our city, those who are or who have been refugees are not looking for a Santa Clause or the news' attention. They are looking for long-term relationships and hope.