everybody! i love you! oh my goodness!- a job announcement

I spent some time on youtube last night watching old oscar speeches trying to come up with a way to describe feeling ecstatic. You see, a couple of weeks ago when I found out I got a job, scratch that, when I found out I go THE job, I was ecstatic. I ran around the house whooping and jumping up and down, and if Halle Berry would have been there I would have pulled an Adrian Brody and kissed her right on the lips.

Since I found out, I still have rushes of excitement. I’ll reach out and grab the arm of my sister/dad/mom/stranger-at-Wal-Mart, and let the realization wash over me, saying, “I got the job!”

So what’s THE job? On Monday I start work at the American Refugee Committee as their Roving Correspondent. For the last 30 years ARC has been providing humanitarian assistance to refugees and other displaced communities around the world. They currently work in places like Uganda, Thailand, and Haiti, and as one of the only international aid organizations functioning within the country’s borders, they are providing critical assistance to communities in Somalia.

Next week I’ll start writing and shooting photos and video for web content and other publications. You can currently see a lot of what ARC does on their website, and you can follow ARC on twitter and facebook. You’ll see there ARC’s emphasis on partnership with local communities both with the displaced communities they serve and with the donor and volunteer communities that are reaching out to help. You’ll see a lot of communities that desperately need communities like yours and mine to reach out. You’ll see a lot of inspiring work done by a lot of inspiring people.

I get to be a part of that. I’ll be traveling out to the places where ARC works in the world, documenting what I experience and learning as much as I can from the people I meet. And I’ll be flying back to Minneapolis and from there meeting American communities that are as much a part of this work as anyone else. I’ll be putting it all into writing, photos and video.

My job is to witness this incredible stuff done by brave, (extra)ordinary people, and then I get to tell the world about it.

My job. Connect to people all over the world. Write/shoot/blog/tweet about it. What a dream. WHAT A DREAM!!!

I feel like jumping up and screaming, “EVERYBODY! I LOVE YOU! OH MY GOODNESS!” Of course, sometimes I get so excited I can’t formulate words.

I’ll let you know as soon as I can where you can see my work online. And meanwhile (and always), I’m still here, still working out how to be alive and talking to you about it here on the ol’ blog.

4 Comments

  1. SO exciting. I can’t wait to read about your adventures and the good things you’re putting into the world.

  2. I am so happy for you – you will have a job where you can be a part of “doing good” & blog for a living! You’re good at it. Saludos de Paraguay.

  3. Wonderful Brent,
    You’re blessed with a heart full of adventure, love, laughter, ability and strength of character. You’ll see, and have already seen, more than most of us can even imagine. Pick up every diamond along life’s path and give it to your brothers and sisters of the world. Doing this will make you rich beyond compare and loved by all and the God who loves you will one day say,
    “Well done, my good and faithful servant.” Then He will say, Yo Bro! I’ve gone to Dad’s to build you a kick-A crib. I’ll brb and you and me can hang dawg! (OK! maybe He wont say it like that but you get me bro!?)

    I love you and I’m very proud of you!
    Aunt Tess

    P.S. You do NOT, as you have been know to do, have to leave your skivvies in foreign countries. I’m sure they’ll understand. (giggle–snort!)

    Psalm 42:4-5
    When I remember these things,
    I pour out my soul within me.
    For I used to go with the multitude;
    I went with them to the house of God,
    With the voice of joy and praise,
    With a multitude that kept a pilgrim feast.

    Why are you cast down, O my soul?
    And why are you disquieted within me?
    Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him
    For the help of His countenance.

    Lamentations 2:19
    “ Arise, cry out in the night, At the beginning of the watches; Pour out your heart like water before the face of the Lord. Lift your hands toward Him For the life of your young children, Who faint from hunger at the head of every street.”

    Malachi 3:10
    Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, That there may be food in My house, And try Me now in this,” Says the LORD of hosts, “ If I will not open for you the windows of heaven And pour out for you such blessing That there will not be room enough to receive it.

    1. Oh Tesser! I love you! You are hysterical, and I will never live down leaving all my clothes in Mexico, will I? Thank you for the encouragement, you wonderful old building and loan!

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