What made us decide to go on staff? Well, it’s certainly been a process. We’ve known since we got married that a suburban life with a stable engineering job wouldn’t be our permanent future (though it’s cushy being here right now). We even live in a cul-de-sac and have a minivan! But Jason has struggled with his call since before he graduated from WMU. He just figured he’d finish his degree with gusto and be the best engineer he could until God told him otherwise. But we’ve been praying about next steps for a few years, and IVCF seemed to make the most sense. Jason wants to pursue graduate studies, but isn’t sure where or what or how. Working with college students is very strategic and important work, and giving back to a ministry that gave so much to us is also a plus. It’s a good transitional position–serving God with IVCF until the next step becomes clearer. And the next step could still be InterVarsity–who knows?
God has uniquely prepared us to work with the students at Carnegie Mellon. It’s an extremely competitive school, with a lot of engineering and arts students. The school really focuses on preparing the students for their career, and Jason has 5 years of solid work experience in a field that many students at CMU are heading toward. We got on so well with the students and staff during our visit. The city is also a place we’re excited about. It’s unique, in that it’s made up of many, many neighborhoods. Many of the neighborhoods are very culturally and socioeconomically diverse. The city is very large, but it seems like the citizens of Pittsburgh have embraced their own little neighborhoods and made small, tight knit communities. We were told many times during our stay that we just had to come live in one neighborhood or another–people love their communities, and they don’t hesitate to invite you to come live there!
We look forward with anticipation. We can’t wait to get out of a suburb and into a city (or the country, if a nice country place was affordable–just not a suburb). We find ourselves in an interesting place–me only 24–and we’ve settled into a life that many long for and maintain for 40+ years (college degrees, married, have a child, own a house in the suburbs, stable job, two cars, family relatively close by). For others, our lifestyle would feel just right. For us, it feels a bit off.
Fund development will be challenging. It always is with families though, isn’t it? We barely make it now, since I stay at home. But God will provide – even the extras. We lament about poor Maya’s lack of toys too often! We’ll pray for God to provide her with either an active imagination or nice donors. =) We’re considering selling our house ASAP and moving in with my parents. Jason would be driving an hour (one way) to work, then fundraising in the evenings and weekends. Nuts! But we’d save buckets of money, and it would get us moving even faster. I love my folks, but I don’t think we could handle living with them forever!