“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!
Here 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…