13,000 kilometers, over 8,000 miles. That is the distance separating me in Vancouver, Canada from my colleagues, friends, and volunteers in South Sudan.
As you can imagine, having a “commute” this long comes with unique challenges. There are long stretches of time when I don’t hear from anyone in the field because of network issues, broken phones, or busy schedules. When I do hear news, the stories I receive are often updates or general statements. When I ask people for stories about how the Holy Spirit is at work, I usually receive something like, “People are coming to church and our congregations are thankful for this partnership with Kingdom Workers.”
Viviana grew up Catholic, but never felt connected to God. That began to change when she attended a Kingdom Workers Wellness Circle support group.
Hello, my name is Carla Alegría and I am excited to share my thoughts with you in this blog. I am the Community Manager for the Health and Wellness Support program in Chile. In this role I connect the community to our program work so that people become familiar with what we offer. This is why I actively participate in both physical spaces and online with social media.
In every aspect of our work, we do all we can to share the gospel, promote Christian well-being, and invest in meaningful relationships. We do this because these three main values are the basis for all work at Kingdom Workers.
On paper it looked simple.
Dial the numbers and start the call. Only, the last time I tried this I had failed to connect with someone on the other line repeatedly. I was getting familiar with the message, “The call you are trying to place cannot be completed. Goodbye.”
Jenny has lived in Chile now for more than five years. In that time, she has been a top volunteer and advocate for the Health and Wellness program here. Now, we are happy to welcome her officially to the Kingdom Workers team as our full-time Chile Wellness Circle Coordinator.
This interview explores what led Jenny to live and serve in a foreign country, her volunteer experience with Kingdom Workers, and advice for anyone considering serving in international ministry.