Blog Sub-Category: Service & Development
Yesterday, was my 26th birthday and today I received a pretty awesome belated birthday gift! Today was the first day of a week-long orientation with Engineering Ministries International (EMI)! I’m at a retreat near Colorado Springs with my fellow first-time interns and some staff members. After only a half day, my face hurts from smiling and making my ugly face (basically ugly crying without the tears). I know for sure I’m exactly where God wants me to be.
During the first week of each semester in engineering school, I instinctively visually surveyed each class. Today was no different. I’m the only dark skinned person, there are about 50% women, may be 70% civil engineers, and 100% Christians. I may stick out like a sore thumb, but I feel like I’m right at home. It’s clear that EMI desires to be diverse and I’m still passionate about being a driving force behind it.
EMI on Diversity:
One of EMI’s core values is diversity and our CEO, John Dallman, spent some time explaining what that means:
- Diversity: EMI builds the Church by connecting people of diverse backgrounds, abilities and ethnicities to demonstrate our love for God, our love for the nations and the unity we share in Christ.
My Sweet Spot:
John also gave an overview of EMI’s past, present, and future. As he explained how his life paralleled EMI years before he joined the organization, he encouraged us to figure out who we are and how we fit into God’s plan to reach the world. To simply, figure out our sweet spot, which is at the center of a Me-Need-God Venn diagram.
Immediately, I knew EMI was my sweet spot in this season of my life. It was at the EMI conference two months ago that God gave me the confidence to be who I am and partner with EMI to effectively reach the world. With EMI I’m challenged to be myself, while I embrace different people. With EMI I can grow in faith, while I spread my faith. With EMI I can develop my skills, while I use my skills to better the world.
John also told us that we are now all married, which is perfect because I’m ready to challenge my new family’s comfort zone by ugly crying all week!
“Father, thank you for reaffirming that I’m living in purpose. Thank you for giving me the strength to live my life out loud whether I’m comfortable or not.1 Please continue to transform my life and elevate my faith this week because I do not want to leave the same. I’m forever in awe of your wonderful works and omniscience. In Jesus name, Amen.”
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With God’s Love,
Jamara Beard ❤
1. [Philippians 4:13]↩