1. What is your title? Go Program Director 2. How long have you been in this position? 5 Years 3. What exactly are you responsible for? I manage all of Youth Missions International’s operations for church and school groups. I promote and recruit, I train, I set up the trips, as well as take care of the logistics and details of the trip. 4. What does a typical day look like for you? What typical day?! I arrive at the office at 7:30 a.m., I get my coffee and then I begin to respond to emails that came in overnight (often from missionaries in other countries). I also help youth pastors and churches in the midwest and on the east coast until 8:30. At 8:30, I meet with the other program directors to get updates as to what is going on, things that are happening, and how we can pray for each other throughout the day. This helps me to be aware of what is going on within the whole of Mission Differently, and how to best bring unity between the three programs. Then, I'll often meet with a youth pastor or a missionary who partners with us, or I will work on setting up various mission trips, preparing for a training, or problem solving a challenge that had arisen. In the afternoon, I focus on less time specific issues and projects, such as writing devotions, skyping with missionaries, program development, praying for teams, etc. 5. Does your position have seasons that it goes through? Our ministry year begins September 1st. The fall is dedicated to promotion of mission need and meetings with pastors to understand their church need and how we can best serve their church, as well as a few scattered trainings toward Christmas-time. We also promote at conferences (a majority of these are Awana conferences), where we are permitted to teach a few sessions as well on mission and mission practice. In the winter/early spring, the start of training season begins as well as starting to determine the details and logistics for possible trips. We also may have a domestic or international pre-trip for a summer location that could take place in the winter or spring. The spring time is our training season. There are constant trainings between all programs, as well as the finalizing of all trip details, problem solving needs or issues, praying for the teams that are preparing to go, and beginning to plan for the next ministry year. And the last in the ministry year is summer. Summer is full of teams going and teams returning. I am required to be on call when I have a team out, so my phone ringer is up loud usually from May through September. Our main focus during this time is making sure the trips go smooth, handling problems that do arise, and watching the Lord as he works through each and every participant. 6. What is your favorite aspect of the job? Working with a team of co-workers and with youth pastors that are passionate about young people going out to share the gospel. 7. What is your least favorite aspect of the job? What any ministry never talks about: the mundane and administrative paperwork (I’m not a details person). 8. What is the most rewarding aspect of the job? Seeing young people realize that God wants to use them right now and hearing stories of how he used them to bring people to a saving relationship with Jesus Christ. 9. What are you working on right now? I am in the process of editing and recreating our leader guide for next year, as well as writing devotions for the teams to use as they prepare to go out, and trip support. 10. How can we be praying for you? Pray for the teams that are going out, that the Gospel will go forth, ministry will be done, and the final details will come together.