Storyteller Missions

As most of you know my employment history is largely steeped in international missions and orphan care. After a year and a half of focusing on being mommy I am excited to share that I have re-entered the world I love. A few weeks ago I was invited to join the Storyteller Missions team as their community coordinator. This position, averaging 9-10 hours per week has fit seamlessly into our hectic family pace.

So what, exactly, is Storyteller Missions? Storyteller is the missions department of America World Adoption, the agency we used to bring Lola into our family. Storyteller sends teams to work with orphanages in India, Uganda, China and Haiti. We have the opportunity to pour ourselves into these kids for a week or so, showing them the love of Christ. Team members rock babies, remove jiggers (click here if you have no idea what that is), minister to orphanage staff members and just have a great time bringing some joy to the kids. Additionally, team members are able to meet and advocate for children to be adopted when the situation allows. We are teams of story tellers, entering into a child’s story for a moment but returning as advocates.

I am especially excited to head to Uganda next month. It’s been far too long since I’ve walked on red clay and held the hands of new friends. The pineapple is also calling my name… but that’s just a bonus. I am so joyful to see Uganda’s children, to play games and share Jesus and just dwell in that space where you remember how small you are and how Big the God is that unites us all.



About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.

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