“And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.” – John 10:16
Global Girl was a name I came up with two years ago that was inspired by a newly awakened interest in all-things-international. I remember waking up one day with the sense that my passion for creative entrepreneurial pursuits was now overshadowed by a desire to travel abroad, explore new places, and to make friends with people living there.
Thinking back, the only place I remember wanting to visit before were London/UK and France and now I’m interested in new places that I’ve never given much thought to until now, especially Turkey, South Korea, Japan, and Singapore. It’s really fascinating because I’ve NEVER been interested in visiting Asia or Asian culture before now. My fascination with Turkey, use of the phrase ‘Merhaba Baby!’, and my 3+ years of planning my trip there has gotten on my friends’ nerves. But they will be okay. 😊
I was especially interested in connecting with Christian communities in other countries and cultures. News Flash - Jesus is not American or British or Australian or Canadian. Sometimes I think we in ‘The West’ act like Jesus was born into our culture when clearly that’s not the case. I think for all Christians everywhere, going abroad will expose the cultural associations that may have been attached to our faith and help us focus on the truths that transcend culture.
A few years ago I became aware of the BAM Movement – Business As Mission. The idea behind BAM is to re-look at how the church has thought about business and business people, as not being as spiritually valuable as being a pastor or even a teacher or doctor. BAM says viewing your business as a ministry can be a powerful tool that God can use to alleviate many of the social problems in our world like homelessness, unemployment, hunger, etc. It was born out of years’ of mission work that was based on asking for donations to do this type of work. Business is a revenue generation engine. It’s up to the owner what those funds are used for – to buy a private island or to support childcare for underserved communities. It’s an individual choice based on our priorities.
One of the things I’m most excited about with Global Girl is the opportunity to play a role on a global scale. I’m not sure what that is right now but I definitely want to explore what that larger purpose might be.