- Aaron Arnold, Dir. of Strategic Partnerships
So... after more than two years of dreaming, praying and exploring, Angie and I have decided that it is time to make a move. We have been considering all kinds of options and just in the last few months came to the conclusion that God was confirming that Chicago was the place. Here are a few of the reasons why we are moving and why we believe that the 3rd largest city in the US is the right place for our next transition:
- We love the city! And we have missed it ever since we left Santiago, which is similar in size to Chicago. We love the diversity and energy that the city has and know it is a place where things happen.
- There is nothing keeping us in Fort Myers. Sofi graduated from high school and our commitment to not transition during that period of time is completed. Also, Aaron can work from anywhere and the YouthHOPE team is ready for this kind of change. Aaron is transitioning from being Executive Director to Director of Strategic Partnerships. The leadership of YouthHOPE is growing and now three team members will be directors and lead the team together.
- When visiting Chicago for a conference, Angie and I reconnected with friends, Sergio and Denise Diaz Ramos. Sergio was in Aaron's youth group in Chile and now is on staff at a church in the area of Chicago where we want to live. We also attended their church and loved it! Having a church to call home and where we can serve before moving is amazing.
- Angie will be phasing out of working at NMSI and is looking to serve at a local non-profit in Chicago. She has an interview next week and we hope it is a good fit. Angie will be returning to working in accounting and finance. She is excited about this new challenge.
- Aaron is restarting his Ph.D in Leadership Studies at Johnson University and we believe it will be more productive to not be based outside of the NMSI offices during that time.
We are confident that there is so much more to learn about why God is calling us to Chicago. Aaron is especially concerned about reacclimating to the cold, but Angie is over the moon about having four seasons again, after 20 years away from the midwest. More than climate, we are passionate about new opportunities to invest in the lives of young people in the Chicago area and know that God will guide us to them.