I felt the hot tears welling up behind my eyes. “Don’t cry. Don’t cry. Don’t cry.” I said to myself. As the woman told her testimony, my heart burned within me and I dropped my head into my hands. It was too late, the dam broke and tears fell down my cheeks and within seconds I was ugly crying in church.
“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” the verse echoed in my brain. It was then I realized that God was calling me and I needed to take the leap.
If you told me a few months ago that I would be shutting down my branding studio and going on full-time with a missions organization I would have laughed at you. My business was moving forward and I was living “the dream”, or so I thought.
When I started Green House Creative, I was finally getting to pursue my dream of running my own design business. I had always wanted to since I started graphic design six years ago. While I enjoyed the freedom and flexibility of working from home, I didn’t like the isolation and business side. I also began to be obsessed with comparing my business to others on Instagram, constantly letting the world tell me how I should live. Deep down inside, I always felt like I wasn’t truly fulfilling God’s calling on my life. I just couldn’t put my finger on it.
About a month ago, one of my dear friends and previous creative director, Keith, texted me that God kept placing me on his heart about a job position at Children’s Relief International. At Children’s Relief (aka CRI) they seek to share the light of Christ to the poorest of the poor in our world. He explained how much he loved his job and how he could see a direct impact on people’s lives. He explained the job position would involve social media strategy, branding and help with a website redesign and my brain started spinning with ALL the ideas. It sounded like so much fun, but I kinda had a good thing going for me at Green House.
I didn’t want to give up my precious dream and my flexibility. What would people think of me? Was I crazy for leaving everything behind?
The job was also a support-based position, which means I would have to raise funds for my salary. The thought of doing that was super daunting. But God kept placing stories in my path like the one I heard at church of a young girl whose life was completely transformed through a missions organization like CRI. During her testimony, I felt God move in my heart and show me how working at CRI could impact someone’s life and give them hope. It was at that moment I decided to take the job as a storyteller and designer at CRI.
For the longest time, I felt like all the things I was gifted at were just a random mishmash of skills. But God has graciously shown me that he has been instilling in me with the skills of storytelling, design, and ministry throughout my life, but I think I’ve been in denial a little too long. God in His grace let me pursue my dream of Green House Creative just to show me that it isn’t what I really wanted. He now has provided me with the exciting opportunity to combine my storytelling, design and ministry skills into one job!!
My goal at CRI is to use my talents and skills to be a voice for the voiceless.
I will get to use social media, design and technology to tell stories like that of Josefa.
In Mozambique, one out of four babies dies before the age of five. Josefa knows this all too well. Her first two children did not make it to their fifth birthdays. Instead of letting heartbreak consume her, Josefa has devoted her life to giving help and hope to other moms and babies in need. She is now a primary nurse at the Tessa Grace Nutrition Center in Mozambique, Africa.
While I have the skills for my job, I need you to be God's provision! With your help, we get to tell the stories of our programs like Tessa Grace and Josefa to people like you!
TO GET INVOLVED, EMAIL ME AT LEEANN@CHILDRENSRELIEF.ORG