A Dream Come True

March 28, 2007 | 3:55 p.m. CDT

Some of my readers might not know that I have a Bachelors degree in Pastoral Ministry with a minor in Youth Ministry. In college my plan was that I would graduate and go into Youth Ministry as a full-time youth minister.

That never seemed to work out and instead I ended up as a web developer/designer/programmer/system administrator/geek, etc. Even though I love what I do and feel that God has given me some talents in web development, I still have never lost my love and passion for youth.

I've had the privilege of teaching junior high and senior high sunday school for years at our church. In doing so I've met some cool and talented youth in our church. Sounds pretty good right... I mean I work full-time as a web developer for the College of Architecture, Planning and Design at Kansas State University and I've also had the chance to teach the youth in our church. Not only that but I'm married to the nicest, coolest and best looking woman in the world (be prepared for a fight if you tell me any different)! Couldn't get any better than that right? You wouldn't think it could get any better but it just amazes me how we can think in our mortal and world view about what is great and wonderful and then God sometimes chooses to bless us beyond our own understanding. I think I first experienced this when I met and then later married my wife. I had a list of what I thought where the best and most wonderful qualities in a woman and then God chose to bless me by giving me my "list" and then additional qualities in Julie that I never knew I even wanted.

I have recently experienced this same kind of a blessing in that I have recently accepted a job as the Web Developer for Christ In Youth! If someone would have told me several years ago that I would be able to do the two things I enjoy most for a living and support my family I think I would have laughed at them. I'm just continually amazed by how much God blesses us if we are willing to serve him.

I know that this doesn't mean that we won't have difficulties and that we won't have to go through hard times for the Lord. I know that sometimes God allows us to go through difficult times. But man is it ever wonderful when he blesses us!

This all brings me to public service announcement part of this post, in that if you are some kind of a of a web ninja who loves programming web apps and working on content management systems, my old job is open. Please apply, I would really like them to find someone good. If you have any specific questions about the job, then please feel free to contact me.

Related tags: CIY, Job


Andrew Hanenkamp
1.   At 4:03 p.m. CDT on March 28, 2007, Andrew Hanenkamp wrote:

Congratulations. Absolutely awesome. May God bless you and many others through you in this new position. Amen.

Having gone through CIY myself, I know how cool those events are. Cheers.

Jeff Croft
2.   At 4:28 p.m. CDT on March 28, 2007, Jeff Croft wrote:

Congrats, my friend! :)

Nathan Smith
3.   At 4:34 p.m. CDT on Aug. 31, 2007, Nathan Smith wrote:

Congrats. Glad you've found your niche! :)

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