This past week I traveled to Latrobe, PA to attend the 2014 ACNA Provincial Assembly held at St. Vincent’s College. After months of preparation, the level of anticipation around the office was at its peak. Looking back on my week at St. Vincent’s, I realize more and more how privileged I was to have been a part of it. I met so many wonderful and influential people, all with the same heart and focus as my own in Jesus Christ. It was so inspiring to hear from heroes like Baroness Caroline Cox and JI Packer and to meet and talk with so many Archbishops from around the world. I was able to talk to and connect with so many members and leaders in the Anglican Communion and talk with them about ARDF, the role we play in the ACNA, the projects we are funding, the empowerment we are facilitating, and our shared desire to see Anglican Partnerships transform our world.
The experience broadened my limited “office desk” perspective, and it made everything we do here at ARDF more real to me personally. I was able to hear stories straight from the places I had been reading and writing about, and I was able to put faces to the names and situations we have prayed for and supported from our office: the struggle for peace in the Congo, the victims of the violence in South Sudan, those struggling to find relief after the destruction of their homes or the crippling of their communities—and many more. The hope they had in Jesus, and their appreciation for our support and partnership was very, very real.
It is nearly impossible to describe what it feels like to participate in the Body of Christ in this way: together and connected from every nation, tribe, and tongue. Just watching partnerships and friendships develop from Australia and Canada, to South Africa and Sudan was a true joy. The Assembly was a time of encouragement, and deep community. It expressed the very nature and purpose of the Body of Christ, to stand side by side, edify, and encourage in the name of our Savior Jesus. The more I reflect on my time here with ARDF, and with all those invovled, the more blessed I feel to have been a part of this important event.
Hannah Miller is serving as ARDF’s Communication Intern this Summer. She hails from Charleston, SC and on top of being an awesome intern, she is also an incredible artist. She will graduate from Clemson University this December.Help raise awareness: