My name is Heather Ward and starting in March of 2016, I’ll be serving as a long-term volunteer with World Gospel Mission’s VIA (Volunteers in Action) program. And I am so excited for this journey!
Growing up in the Midwest, I never expected to live in a desert. But since I moved here to the Sonoran Desert I’ve been fascinated by rain; desert rain. If you’ve never experienced it, desert rain is one of the most glorious things in the world. And since it’s relatively rare, everyone appreciates it all the more.
But it’s not just the rarity of the rain that fascinates me; it’s how the desert comes alive each time it falls. Flowers bloom; cacti are greener; the air shimmers as more dust is conquered by each drop. And a freshness overtakes the land as a much-needed rejuvenation arrives.
They say the desert blooms when it rains – and they’re not lying.
I’ve come to this desert as a daughter with the intention of helping my parents move across the country. I’ll stay in this desert as a missionary, at least for this phase of my life; working with World Gospel Mission on the field here; on the reservations and through programs created specifically for ministry with the many tribes of native peoples here.
But there’s nothing special about me. I’m a perfectly ordinary person – musician; yet-to-be-published-author (any agents out there want to look at my manuscript?); a bit of a nerd; almost always socially awkward – which means misadventures are sure to follow. And I’m following an amazing God who is sure to do something spectacular in spite of my weaknesses.
So stick around; keep reading; come back for more. When God’s involved, something amazing is bound to happen!