I arrived in Ongole July 4th, 2013 to start my 5 month volunteer trip at ICM. I didn’t know what to expect as I depart from Oklahoma. I was ready, open, and willing to accept whatever was given to me. I am a graduate from a technology school with skills in all types of media. I was given the task of updating and gathering content for icmin.org and update social media. The website was recently updated and needed content added to it. It took me weeks to finally understand all of ICM’s numerous departments and to meet the staff. I started to add content to the website using WordPress, which I had only played with before I came to India. I was unexperienced to say the least. But I was willing! After much frustration, tinkering and prayer, I was able to do what needed to be done. I was able to use my own photography on the site and some graphic design work. I am praying for the next person that takes my place; that they will far exceed my work. It was hard being this far from home, working every day, and being challenged to accomplish tasks I had no idea how to do. I failed in a lot of ways in helping ICM, but I grew in so many ways by being here. But all I can do is take what I learned and move forward with what God is leading me to.
I met so many great volunteers through ICM. People I will never forget and hope to see in the near future. It is awesome that this far from home I can meet people like these, and I am so thankful for it. The people who live are fantastic as well! So many friendly faces, kids waving and the occasional scream of “America” as go by. It was a blessing to meet all of them.
My prayers are with ICM and the family that is the staff. They have taught me so much and have been so warm and welcoming.
“So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31