Recently I had the privilege of representing Black Forest Academy(BFA) during a recruiting trip to the States. I truly had mixed emotions about going and leaving Elijah and Jonathan for 18 days, but I was so excited to see my family and visit universities to recruit faculty/staff for the 2013-2014 school year. I knew, without a shadow of a doubt, that God was sending me; that didn’t make it easy, though. I cried at the airport. People probably thought I was crazy, but as a mother I felt like my heart was being ripped out. I knew Elijah was in good hands. After weeks of planning, I was on my way.
My first call of duty was to surprise my younger sister for her birthday! My family knew I was coming, but my sister Emily thought I was coming 2 weeks later. I arrived on Thursday, and the plan was to surprise her at work on Friday. My Mom, Dad, sister Julie, niece Allie and nephew Canon were meeting Emily at work to take her to lunch. The look on her face was priceless when I walked in to her office. Our surprise worked! I called it CryFest 2013! Tears of joy streamed down our faces as all three sisters were together, again. I couldn’t have been happier (well, only if Eli and Jon were there). We spent a wonderful weekend together. I’m so amazed how God has blessed me with them.
The time came to head off to the eight universities I planned to visit throughout in Midwest! Nervous and excited about the next 2 weeks, I literally felt like I was 18 again (only off by 20 years). It was so fun meeting the university coordinators, setting up my table, speaking with potential faculty/staff and playing the BFA videos that Jon created. I prayed that God would bring the right students. It didn’t have to be hundreds, just the right ones. I found that there were a range of people interested, from those that have never heard of BFA to those that had a friend or family member at BFA. Here is a sample of some of the questions I was asked:
- What kind of salaries does BFA pay? BFA doesn’t pay salaries. Each person at BFA is a missionary representing a mission organization. We all have to raise our own monthly support to serve at BFA. After their faces turned white, I proceeded to tell them that the experience of support raising (Romans 15:20-29) was a challenging one, but it also brought me closer to Christ by fully relying on him to provide.
- What faculty/staff positions are available? We have different positions open each year. This year we are still looking for a Financial Officer/Accountant, Resident Life staff(Dorm Parents and Resident Assistants), Administrative Support, English Language Learning, and High School, Elementary and Middle School teachers. Encouraging people to visit our staff opening page on the BFA website (www.bfacademy.com) was usually the first step.
- Do I need to know German? Yes and no. It’s great if you know German, but it’s not a requirement. It’s encouraged that you start learning German before you come, but we offer several opportunities to learn German.
One of the highlights of my trip was visiting Jonathan’s Alma Mater, John Brown University (JBU). Seven BFA graduates are attending there, five of them are freshmen and were in the class that Jon and I sponsored. The two other BFA grads are were in the dorm where Jon and I subbed on Monday nights to give the full-time staff a little break. We have a good connection with all of them, so I was able to coordinate lunch with all seven. Their dining choice was an “all you can eat” Chinese buffet. Hilarious and yet completely normal! We all had a great time reconnecting and hearing about their time in college. God is going to do great things through them!
My time recruiting was both fulfilling and wonderful. I love my job! The two weeks flew by. Soon I was saying goodbye to my family to head back to Germany to reunite with Eli and Jon. Mixed emotions once again! I am thankful for God’s traveling mercies and that He went before me on this trip. I am also grateful for the countless people He put in my path, people that we are now praying for as they consider becoming a part of BFA and God’s work throughout the world.