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Q&A with Joy Peterson; LIA’s new Executive Assistant

December 17th, 2015 | Posted by | LIA News | Uncategorized | USA

Joy Peterson joins LIA’s USA team to serve as our new Executive Assistant. We are so thrilled to have Joy as part of our US team and we asked her a few questions so that you may get to know a little more about what drew her to LIA.

Tell us about your calling and conviction to serve the Kingdom.  What were you doing before LIA?
The beauty of the gospel is in the power that saves us and also sustains us. Daily I’m reminded of the grace on my life. In that covering, I am learning to lay down my life for others.

Personally, my calling has never been attached to a vocation or even to a specific ministry, but is an overflow of my heart. As I’m being discipled and refined by the Trinity, I’m able to serve and walk with others. My heart has been broken for women whose only hope is Jesus. I love seeing how the gospel shapes lives and gives hope to our brokenness.

Before joining LIA, I served at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY as the HR Administrative Assistant and Executive Assistant to the Lead Team Pastor of Operations.

What drew you to LIA?
While working at Southeast, I observed LIA through the Missions Ministry. I began learning how the transformational development model of LIA is a powerful framework for sustainable work rooted in the Gospel and empowered by the local church. I was excited for the opportunity to join in with the work being accomplished and help advance the kingdom through tactical support with the US team.

What are you most looking forward to in your role with LIA?
It’s humbling to step into a ministry with a long history of prayer, sacrifice and steadfastness in the Lord. I’m excited to serve with brothers and sisters across cultures and countries all united under the name of Jesus.

Joy & family

What do you do other than work on the operation side for LIA?
I am married to Eric, and we have the amazing privilege of raising three girls, Alexa (14), Kiera (10) and Avery (9). This season of life is full of transporting kids that have a far more exciting social calendar than I do.

 



Q&A with Amy Walker; LIA’s Director of Church and Missions Engagement

December 10th, 2015 | Posted by | Uncategorized

Initially serving as LIA’s Teams Coordinator, Amy Walker, has now stepped into her new role as Director of Church and Missions Engagement. We’re excited to have Amy stepping into this new role and we thought to ask her a few questions so that you may get to know her a little better.

Kenya field pic

Amy during a mission trip to Kenya

Tell us about your calling and conviction to serve the Kingdom.  What were you doing before LIA.

    My calling and conviction to serve and advance the Kingdom started when I was baptized into Christ. When you come to the realization of his Kingdom and what it is about, what other response do you have other than give your life to advancing it? Honestly, I never thought I would be serving the Kingdom by serving and working for a ministry. Before coming to LIA, I worked at the corporate office of a local bank in their marketing department. I am humbled daily that the Lord has brought me into the LIA family.

What drew you to LIA?

    In 2010, I took my first mission trip to Kenya to serve alongside Life in Abundance. On that trip, I had the opportunity to not only hear about LIA’s model, but to see it in action. I took another short-term trip in 2011 and then participated in the Mi2 internship for the summer of 2012.

    My favorite aspect of LIA’s model is how we partner with and work through the local church. Experiencing this model of empowerment and community transformation was a game changer for me and has forever changed and shaped my perspective of how to engage in local and international missions.

What are you most looking forward to in your role with LIA?

    Before I began overseeing church and para-church partnerships with LIA, I served as the Teams Coordinator. In that role, I was able to begin developing relationships with the folks that work for our church partners. I’m very excited to have the opportunity to use my super relational personality to grow and strengthen those relationships and to do life with my brothers and sisters. Another aspect I’m looking forward to is developing new paths of engagement with our church and para-church partners.

 DSC_0056 3Amy with her husband Steve

What do you do other than oversee partnerships for LIA?

I just got married 8 months ago (yeah!!) so my husband, Steve, and I have been in a sweet season of being newlyweds. Steve and I have recently started attending a new church so we are building community and planting roots there. I love spending time in nature, cooking, reading, and drinking a great cup of coffee.



Q&A with Jordan McGuire; LIA’s new Teams Coordinator

| Posted by | LIA News | USA

Jordan McGuire joins LIA as our new Teams Coordinator and we asked her a few questions so that you may get to know a little more about what drew her to serve with LIA.

Mr. and Mrs. McGuire Jordan with her husband Matt

Tell us about your calling and conviction to serve the Kingdom.  What were you doing before LIA?

I grew up in the church and when I was in high school, I knew God was calling me to partner with Him in ministry. When I got married, ministry meant investing in the lives of middle schoolers alongside my husband as he was a Middle School pastor. It was during this time, that I went on a mission trip to the Czech Republic and I realized that God was calling me beyond the church walls and to be on mission with Him in reaching those who do not know Him. Because of that trip, I began working with the more vulnerable people in our city. It was through this time that my heart became drawn to helping the poor in a holistic way.

What drew you to LIA?

My husband had been on a few trips with LIA and he would come home and tell me about how much he had enjoyed them. It was when he returned from his training in Jamaica that I really came to love this ministry. I loved hearing about what he had learned because it had confirmed in my heart what the Lord was teaching me about community transformation and empowerment. This past February, we had the opportunity to lead a short-term trip to Kenya where we spent time in the Mathare slum. It was amazing to see the model of LIA implemented in such a poor area and how it was working to empower that community. I think one thing I love the most about Life in Abundance is that their model can be applied all over the world and I can even use it in my every day life as I engage with people in my own city.

image3Jordan at LIA’s Mathare Project in Nairobi, Kenya

What are you most looking forward to in your role with LIA?

 I am looking forward to partnering with churches as they get to experience our model and vision implemented on the field. It is my prayer that these trips are more than just a visit, but that it will impact how they live their every day lives as they engage their own context. I am excited to see teams return home and process through their trips, allowing the Spirit to transform their approaches to missions and to reaching the poor and vulnerable.

What do you do other than lead operations for LIA? 

My husband, Matt, and I are in Louisville, KY where we attend Southeast Christian Church. We are very involved in our community and have a heart for our city. We love getting to spend time with refugees and helping them assimilate into a new culture. We also spend time investing in the lives of students and adults at our church as we move forward on mission to love our neighbors and communities in the name of Jesus.