My name is Ryan Schnurr, and I’m the new storytelling intern at NeighborLink Fort Wayne. This means that I will use various tools to create both video and written pieces telling the stories of what goes on here at NeighborLink. I am super excited about this position and the people with whom I will interact. Here’s a quick introductory blog post to update you on what’s going on as I begin this work.
These first few days I have spent in meetings with the Board of Directors and Executive Directors of several of the NeighborLink affiliates at their retreat, learning all about the processes they go through and their hearts for the recipients, as well as the nuts and bolts of how NeighborLink works. This has been a great time of encouragement for me, as next week I begin to tell a few of the stories and join with their mission.
As I sit amidst the piles of cardboard boxes and software packaging, trying to figure out a workflow for this process and how to work the coffee machine, I want to take a moment and recognize the point of all of this. In an effort to keep the “practical, neighbor-to-neighbor expressions of God’s love” at the center of my work (including blogging), I am going to include a posted project to highlight. We can tell stories and discuss the importance of serving all day (which is sort of the point of my being here), but it’s the action of doing it that we want to move toward. Obviously we want people to interact with all sorts of projects, as each is no more or less important than the next, but this is one way to keep these issues in the forefront of our minds.
This week, I am drawn to this post (http://fortwayne.myneighborlink.org/projects/pid/3148) about a woman named Gail who needs help with mowing and planting. It’s a simple project, but those seem to be the easiest to overlook amongst the roofing and plumbing issues that people have. If you have the ability to help with this, you can look it up or contact me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finally, I would ask that you (collectively, whoever “you” happens to be) would please pray for me as I interact with recipients; that I would do them justice, in all senses of that word.