This morning’s post is from the newest member of the US CARE for AIDS team, Kara Stanley. Kara joined the team as our Impact Trip Coordinator the first week of January- help us welcome her to the family!
First off, let me say how thankful I am to be on the CARE for AIDS team! The journey that has brought me here took me all over the world, literally, and it is an honor to have landed here.
I am from sweet home Alabama, born and raised. Football fans, don’t hold it against me! My family bounced all over the state and eventually settled in south Alabama. I have three sisters- I know, my poor dad. We had a lively household, to say the least. After high school, I attended Auburn University where I took part in a research study facilitated by the United Nations World Food Programme. We analyzed impoverished communities all over the world, and through this, my love of other cultures and longing to help those in need developed. After graduating from college, I worked for a church in Birmingham, AL in their events department. During this time my desire to serve the nations grew and grew and eventually led to almost 3 years on the mission field, mainly in the Middle East working with refugees and displaced peoples. My heart has always been drawn toward the marginalized, the overlooked, and the misunderstood, and serving in that region was, for lack of a better word, incredible. Serving in the Middle East, especially as an American woman, was such a joy- I wouldn’t trade my time there for anything.
I have been extremely blessed to travel all over the world and serve with various people groups. I have seen God move and draw His children to Himself in the most creative and spectacular ways, and inviting others into that process is such a thrill! I am so excited to now do this through CARE for AIDS. The methodology of CFA is impacting and changing communities like I have never seen before, and the vision is so close to the heart of God! What an honor it is to play a part. I am so excited to be joining the CARE for AIDS family, and I cannot wait to get started and get to know you all!