Hi, Joseph, tell us a little bit about yourself. What would you say is your “generational identification?”
Any degrees we might be interested in?
JH: I earned a Bachelor’s of Religion from Liberty University, and I have a certificate from the Spanish Language Institute.
Tell us briefly how you came to Christ.
JH: A lot of people say, “I was at church every time the doors were open.” Well, being the son of a preacher, I was there when the doors were open and even when they were shut! I was a very stubborn and disobedient child and I had no desire to participate in “church things.” However, the Lord saved my life when I was 13 years old. Throughout high school, I had a few key role models who poured into my life spiritually, and truly pushed me toward a closer walk with Christ and toward a desire to deny myself, take up my cross and walk. This is a lesson I am still learning many years later – to daily seek His desires above my own. My life’s desire is to see much made of Christ. I am grateful that He would choose a sinner like me to bring Him glory.
What brought you to AMG?
JH: I began going to Peru on Mission Adventures with AMG in 2005 and continued each year through 2010, even spending a summer there during my college years. After college, my wife and I applied to work full-time with AMG in Peru. We spent a great year learning Spanish in Costa Rica and then lived in Peru from 2014 to 2017. After returning from the field and having a period of rest in our home town, Albany, GA, I joined the staff in the home office in December, 2018. It is a joy to be a part of the team at AMG.
So, what do you do as a Mission Teams Coordinator?
JH: All things related to our Mission Adventures program. This includes building relationships with churches/schools/etc. who might be interested in future trips, training teams before they go on trips, leading trips to different AMG ministry locations around the world, post-trip follow-up meetings and much more! It’s an exciting job and one that is very special to me since I got my start with AMG in 2005 via a Mission Adventure trip.
AMG’s focus is on inspiring hope, restoring lives and transforming communities. How would you say your job meets each of those goals?
JH: Inspires hope –Whether I am interacting with members of a Mission Adventure team or nationals on the field, my desire is to point them to Jesus, our True Hope.
Restores lives – Mission Adventures can often lead to child sponsorship. People who go on these trips make connections with kids who they end up sponsoring, thereby allowing those children the opportunity to come in to an AMG center where they will receive physical and spiritual nourishment.
Transforms communities – It is the goal of all Mission Adventures Teams to empower AMG national leaders to more effectively minister to people in need. By empowering those leaders, we have people in place locally who will continue to minister to the needs of the community.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
JH: My wife, Amy, and I have a three-year-old son who we love spending time with. So, while I enjoy camping, kayaking, mountain treks, snake wrangling, and much more, we often times find ourselves at the park, going on family outings or playing with toy cars on the floor. I’ve had some interesting hobbies over the years… bull riding would probably be one of the most interesting though!
Thanks, Joseph! We’re happy to have you on board! You can learn more about Mission Adventures and how to get involved by clicking here.
Joseph can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.