Three years ago, a desire to respond to the refugee crisis began to grow inside of me. I was considering different options but was crippled by the fear that I wasn’t capable of making a difference. After starting an organization, leading a team, and pursuing various projects, that fear has been validated.
Indeed, as an individual I am incapable of making a significant difference in a global issue; and I’ve been repeatedly underwhelmed by what I can do alone. However, I’ve been overwhelmed by what we can do together.
When the idea for TRAC began to develop in the summer of 2016, it hinged on one thing: the generosity of the TWU family. I knew it existed, but I never could have anticipated its breadth and depth. It’s the power of community that supported the crazy dream of 6 ill-equipped students. It’s the power of community that raised nearly $30,000 in our first 3 months. It’s the power of community that helped us locate, rent and fully prepare the Kapanda’s first home in four days. It’s the power of community that made a scholarship possible. And it’s the power of community that will help this dream continue.
I am so excited about the team and new leadership that will be guiding TRAC into this new school year. Regardless, it will be strange to move into a season where TRAC isn’t a part of my daily life. To say this experience has been life-changing would be an understatement. I’ve learned more and been shaped in ways I never could’ve anticipated, and I am so grateful to each individual that dreamt alongside me. While I’ve developed a few new skills and had some special experiences, it’s the members of the TRAC family that made these last three years so impactful. Each person has shown me what can happen when you choose to pursue hope.
It has been a privilege to be a part of this movement, and as TRAC continues I pray that this community will continue to live generously, dream ambitiously, and welcome the stranger.
“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
-1 Corinthians 15:58 (ESV)