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My Last Day at Adventures in Missions

Dear friends,

It's with bittersweet emotions that I write this: Today is my last day as an employee of Adventures in Missions. But don't worry: there's a happy ending.

Bitter because the past six years at Adventures in Missions have been nothing short of challenging, empowering, and amazing. At times, I've wanted to pull my hair out and scream (only a few times, though); at others, I've been overwhelmed with gratitude that I get to call what I do a "job."

Sweet because after two years of building a side business as a writer, author, and speaker, I now get to do my dream full-time.

This past year, Ashley and I have been blessed with the opportunity for her to stay home and raise our son, Aiden. Having my family at home has been really good, but also hard. With two jobs demanding much of my time, it's not always possible to give them the time they deserve.

So when we realized we could financially survive — and after much prayer and wisdom-seeking from friends — we decided it was time for me to move on from Adventures and into the next season of my calling.

Ever since I was a little boy, I've wanted to write. I even considered majoring in English in college, but then dismissed the idea because it just seemed so impractical.

A couple years ago, thanks to a friend's challenge, I made the scary decision to start writing more seriously. What emerged surprised me. Within months, I had a blog audience larger than I ever would have imagined, a book contract, and a passion that could hardly be contained.

For over a year, I wrestled with feelings of guilt and shame as my writing platform grew, while I continued to work for an organization that enabled me to grow in so many ways. I worried that maybe I was being greedy, having a dream that went beyond the scope of my day job.

It wasn't until a mentor of mine said to me,

"Jeff, what's happened to you is rare… You have to consider the possibility that not doing this would be an act of disobedience."

The truth is I feel called to be a writer. Called by God. I don't know what exactly will happen after this, but I know that I'm supposed to be doing it. In fact, now it feels as if I can't not do it. I'm compelled to write and share my journey with others.

When I shared this with my boss, Seth Barnes, he told me he was proud of me, that he'd been expecting this conversation. I told him I didn't want to do it without his blessing, and we both got emotional. I can't put into words how much this man's investment in me has made me who I am today. I hope I continue to make him proud.

However you've been following along these past several years, I want to thank you. Thank you for your prayers, your financial support, your encouragement, and just your attention.

It was at Adventures in Missions that I was first hired as a professional writer (even though I didn't deserve it). It's also where I learned to be follow God's voice in my life, be a better leader, and truly become a writer.

I'm grateful to all of you — friend, supporters, colleagues — and hope to stay in touch in this next season of life.

So, I guess, this is goodby; although, I prefer to not think of it that way. It's Good Friday, after all. And the lesson of today is that what seems like "the end" is often just another, more beautiful beginning.

The truth is I'll still be involved with the organization, continuing to do some consulting and coaching over the coming months and leading future trips.

But for now, I'll close with this:

Here's to new beginnings,


P.S. If you'd like to continue following along, you can visit my personal blog here. Also, if you've been supporting me, please know that future donations on my behalf will go to Adventures in Missions, not me. Thanks again for your partnership.