The End of the Line
Today is my final day of employment with World Vision Canada. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a significant number of people – good people – have been let go so the organization can deal with the financial realities of the times we are living in.
Am I disappointed? Sure. For the last 11+ years I’ve had the privilege of working on behalf of those who, because of their lot in life, have had their voices ignored, their dreams marginalized. I still firmly believe that every child, every woman, every man, has the right to not only survive, but to thrive as one of God’s children. Life in all its fullest as the World Vision tagline says.
But I am also deeply grateful for the opportunities I’ve experienced over the past decade.
I’ve crossed Canada multiple times, visiting every province in the country (I still need to get to the territories!) I’ve eaten dinners and had deep conversations with some of the most inspiring Christian thinkers on the planet – Tony Campolo, Shane Claiborne, Mark Buchanan, Bruxy Cavey – to name just a few. I’ve learned from them; I’ve laughed with them and I’ve been told stories that will never make it into any of their books.
I’ve visited far-flung countries and met remarkable people living far from the beaten path travelled by tourists. From Ecuador to Brazil to Sri Lanka to the DRC, the beauty and cultural diversity of the planet is an incredible thing to experience. It broadens your perspective as you come to realize that we all want the same things – health, safety, a reasonable income and a bright future for our kids.
And finally, I’ve transformed from an admin guy with a creative streak, into a proficient writer and confident editor. I’ve learned what it means to take responsibility for your own professional growth. I’ve learned how to cultivate personal creativity. And I’ve learned how to lead other creatives – imperfectly to be sure – but I’m continuing to learn.
So, no, I’m not shedding any tears. Instead, I’m looking forward to the next steps; looking forward to new opportunities. I’m excited for what the future holds, and I’m confident that God is walking by my side every step of the way. Thanks World Vision, and Godspeed.