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I have a confession to make.
I’ve been working for World Next Door for about two years now: that’s seven assignments, six foreign countries, eleven months abroad, and lots and lots of miles traveled. But through all the magazine articles and all the blog posts, I’ve been keeping a big secret. Here it is:
I’m not really a writer.
Hear me out on this! If you’ve enjoyed my writing, if you’ve been moved or touched by it, I’m very glad. Thrilled, in fact. But it’s important you understand that writing isn’t my thing. Writing does not come naturally to me. I am not a writer.
I’m a speaker.
For most of my articles (and all of my successful ones) my process is literally to talk out loud. I look a bit like a crazy person marching around the office or talking to my fireplace. I imagine I’m giving a speech, and I write it down. What I write, what I share, isn’t really meant to be read: it’s meant to be heard.
This is why I am completely excited, over-the-moon, and generally pumped to announce that this summer I will be conducting World Next Door’s first Speaking Tour.
On the Road
For those that have experienced our justice seminars or our small groups visits, for those who have heard us preach or speak at events, you already know that hearing World Next Door stories in person brings the experience to a whole new level.
For those of you who haven’t heard us speak in person yet, now is your chance!
This summer I will be traveling to churches, schools, and organizations with a very simple message: Poverty + Poverty = Wealth.
I know that sounds crazy, but when I think back on the surprising, delighting, and life-changing things I’ve learned in these past two years, that sticks out most.
When I came to World Next Door, I thought the developed world, with its technology and education and resources, held the answer and the solution to the developing world’s problems.
But now I see things differently. I see a world broken in two: one half rich in resources but impoverished in spirit and community, the other half in obvious material poverty but overflowing with spiritual wealth.
I believe these two halves of a broken world can come together to heal each other. Not as savior and saved, but as equals each entrusted with an essential part of God’s plan to redeem the world.
That is the story I want to tell. That is the message I want to spread. Woven with humor and hope and stories of amazing Christ-followers from around the globe, I want everyone to know that it’s not about fixing people, it’s about joining them. And that God wants to use our brokenness just as much as our strength.
Is this something you want? Do you want to be encouraged and inspired to take the next step? Do you want your church, your friends, your community to hear these words and be connected to amazing global ministries?
Then now is the time to act.
If you would like to be a host site during this summer tour in July and August, now is the time to apply.
We want to visit seven sites this summer. That’s seven churches, schools, or organizations that provide a location for us to spread stories of hope and healing.
That means we need people like YOU to spread the world of this event, so we can expand our reach to churches near and far.
That means we need people like YOU to contact your pastors and community leaders and tell them about World Next Door and the great opportunity available this summer.
That means we need people like YOU to contact us, and let us know that you want to be an area advocate to help bring World Next Door to your community.
If you care about the message of hope and healing, of equality and empowerment, of Light overcoming Darkness, Good beating Evil, and God’s crazy and miraculous invitation to join Him as He moves in the lives of the last and the least – then show that you care. Contact us and let us know that you want to help make this summer a success.
Because I know that together, we can make this an incredible summer and experience the strange and beautiful miracle of how Poverty + Poverty = Wealth.
About the Author: Brad Miller is a year-long fellow with WND. A student of Psychology, Biology, and Theatre, he's worked as an actor, teacher, balloon artist and last-minute fill-in guy for any number of projects. He loves camping and tinkering with broken and discarded things. Brad's passion in life is to unleash the potential in others.