About the Journey

“Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing at all.” -Helen Keller

From 2005-2009 I was thriving as an architectural and interior designer based in Milwaukee, WI. As a twenty-something living and working in the city, I fully embraced life as a yuppie. In 2008, God began nudging and prompting my heart that He had something greater in store.

Through a series of events which resemble providence more than coincidence, I left corporate America in 2009 and moved to the core of Africa, committing a year to serving God overseas.

For nine months, I worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo with a grassroots organization designed to bring hope, healing, and restoration to the people of this war-torn nation. My primary role with the Congo Initiative was teaching English at Université Chrétienne Bilingue du Congo. In addition to teaching English, I helped Congo Initiative to establish a program for local women who have suffered sexual abuse, equipping them in practical and artistic skills.

Then, God called me to leave Congo. Challenging my trust and requiring greater faith, He sent me to Kenya and eventually to Burundi, where I currently reside. In a perfect combination of my passion and His purpose, I am designing again…handbags this time!

amahoro fabricHere in Burundi, I’m working with Amahoro ava Mw’Ijuru, a women’s organization which offers training in sewing and small business administration. Amahoro ava Mw’Ijuru, whose name means “higher peace” in Kirundi, exists to restore hope, empowering women living under the injustices of poverty, war, and gender-based violence. Amahoro is the Burundi extension of Amani ya Juu in Kenya.

Specifically, I’m assisting with product design, fabric selection, quality control and exportation. In a way only He could, God has uniquely equipped me for this present assignment.

If you could hear me talk, excitement would be bubbling from my voice.

I am in my element. This is what I was made for.

I can’t wait to see where He leads me next…

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7 responses to “About the Journey

  1. Awesome blog and very touching stories. I am hoping to follow your footstep someday and do volunteer work in Africa. I was an ex-refugee so I can relate to the hardship these people are facing and still appreciate all the people who have volunteered. Keep up the good work!

  2. Megan,

    AWESOME WORK, so touching and wonderful that you have taken on this journey to spread goodness and education through the world, especially a “torn” country like this.

    Education is they key, if people were more informed and educated, this world would be a better place for all.

    I’m going to follow your work, for sure!

    Cheers,
    —Brian S

  3. Gabriel Brubaker

    Megan my cousin, I love you so much, for what you are doing and allowing all of us back home be a part of your experiences, it has allowed me to cherish what days I have before I leave home for my own experiences to share with you, the family, and the rest of the world! You inspire me with every post!
    Love,
    Gabe
    P.S. Keep up the GOOD work, we are all here praying for you and awaiting your safe return.

    • Thanks for all your encouragement Gabe!

      • Gabriel Brubaker

        you’re welcome, here is an update on me, I just made e5, so in under 2 years i have just become a work center supervisor, and am now in charge of 12 people in my division. my ship will be going on deployment in about a month, I’m very excited. I’m sure everyone will be awaiting your safe return home, keep up the good work and hope to see you soon

  4. Andrew Zimmer

    Powerful, compassionate writing. Your heart is evident in your posts. Thanks for keeping us up to date. We haven’t forgotten about you over here, and I know that many are praying regularly for your effective mission and your safe return.

  5. Diane Buchanan

    Megan, so proud of you and for your efforts to further Christ’s love in the Congo. We have been hearing about your adventures thru your mom and dad and when Uncle Jim was visiting them this past week your dad mentioned your website! What as awesome site! I forwarded your site to your cousins, Tara, Heather, Rick, Amanda and Bonnie . Love you (even tho we don’t see each other much!). Aunt Diane

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