A Major Transition….yes, again

A Dream Job is an elusive thing. For years Amber has expressed that being the Assistant Director of Summit Pacific College’s OMEGA Global Program is her dream job. It’s mentoring, it’s discipleship, it’s missions, it’s education – it’s an intense year! It was through her own participation in the OMEGA program that Amber first went to Summit and her understanding of life direction was clarified. She went on to intern for the program for 3 years. Matthew also interned for OMEGA in his last year. While living in Slovakia, we were Overseers (the adult supervision, believe it or not) when OMEGA went to the Czech Republic. Clearly, we believe in the impact of OMEGA.

With Amber’s Maternity Leave coming to an end, we realized the transition to life with 2 kids and 2 jobs would soon be upon us. It’s more emotionally invested than we anticipated. Rather than a job for money, Amber wanted something meaningful – and then the invitation to interview came. Having turned down the job once before years ago, Amber has accepted the position of OMEGA Global Assistant Director.

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity” – Amelia Earhart

OMEGA’s motto is “Head, Heart, Hands” and combines weekly volunteer work in a church-setting and a community-setting, college education, team work, and individual mentoring. For more information check out OMEGA by clicking here.

In August we will be moving to Summit Pacific College in Abbotsford, BC. We do mean this literally. We will be living in an apartment on campus. The position is part-time, though there will be seasons where volunteer hours are required. At the end of the school year, OMEGA spends one month overseas in a missional capacity. This coming year OMEGA will be going to Brazil.

Amber will be responsible for mentoring the young women in the OMEGA program, helping with administration and logistics, connecting with the students’ weekly volunteer work, and going overseas with the students as an Overseer.

Being on campus and part of student life, we believe we have something to offer – not our great wisdom, but the lessons learned from life overseas, marriage, parenting, and our adventure with God. We’ve stood on the shoulders of those who’ve gone before us and want to be a part of propelling others forward.
This wasn’t part of our original plan (and we do so love our plans). As this is a part-time position, the cost of moving from Ontario to BC is ours. We’ll be using funds earmakred for Matthew’s MBA. Furthermore, the move will overlap with exams meaning Matthew will miss out on one exam session. Obviously this transition poses a few challenges, but we believe it to be an opportunity worth investing in.

From the beginning, we have been clear that this is a time not just for educational enrichment to help us secure visas, but a time for growth and development. OMEGA is exactly that and as such is exactly what we are looking for during our Leave of Absence. Our hearts remain unswayed from missions and we very much see the missional value in the OMEGA program.

For us, OMEGA and our Leave of Absence are a perfect fit.

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