Monday, April 16, 2007

Alright, so I am looking at taking next year off from school and doing volunteer work or helping with a ministry. I think I have basically decided that I am going to do it, but I'm having trouble committing to it. It is a huge decision and I ask that you just pray for me in making this decision. However, while you are doing that if any of you have ideas or contacts of places I could go that would be great. I am looking at the West Coast right now. Obviously volunteer work doesn't pay, nor does ministry really so ideally I would need a place that would provide a place for me to live and provide for my other needs. If you have any ideas that would be great. Also, Mike and professor told me about a community up in Oregon. I think he said the name of the town was Bent, Oregon? Maybe? Anyways, it sounded amazing and I was just wondering if you knew anything about it or any people up there. Thanks!

1 comment:

Mike Clawson said...

Hey Julie,

That sounds like a cool idea. I haven't heard anything about Bent, Oregon, so I can't help you with that.

However, one thing you might want to look into is the AmeriCorps. You get to serve the poor right here in the states and they will pay for your living expenses and usually a small monthly stipend (like $100). You will also earn money towards college loans for being in the program (up to $5000 I think). A girl in our church did the program and I think she spent a year working in the mountains of Kentucky/West Virginia with impoverished appalachian communities. I can get you in touch with her if you want to know more about it.