4000-139-Hoglund, Karen

Strengthening the church through mentoring, discipleship, and short-term teams.

About me:
I grew up in a great Christian home and at an early age I learned about Jesus and my need for a Savior. I gave my life to Him when I was very young and ever since have been growing in both my faith and my understanding of that decision made with child-like faith. Missions has always been an important part of our family. My grandparents served in northeast India for 30 years, and I have enjoyed getting to know missionaries and hearing their stories my whole life. In high school I remember a missions speaker asked us to stand if we would be willing to do whatever God might ask us to do. Feeling this was a simple act of telling Him we would obey Him–I stood.

After graduating from college, I began to serve in youth ministries and go on short-term missions trips. God used these things to reveal to me two of my passions: investing in the lives of others, and mobilizing and challenging the church with what God is doing worldwide. I have had the privilege to see many lives impacted through short-term missions. I was blessed to also serve two different one-year terms in Moscow and Hungary.

For years I have been open and looking for a long-term opportunity to serve. I was introduced to WorldVenture and encouraged to look at opportunities available on their website. When I read the job/ministry description, it seemed a perfect fit, and this was confirmed again and again by those who know me.

I will be heading to Uganda and am excited to be serving in two different capacities. As the short-term coordinator, I will be working alongside the long-term missionaries and the local church to set up and coordinate the details and logistics involved with hosting a team. This frees up the other missionaries to better concentrate on their ministries. As the mid-term mentor, I will invest in the lives of the mid-termers, those who come to serve for 1-3 years. I will help orient them to the city and country, disciple them, help them process, as well as give them a place they can relax and have fun and fellowship.

Uganda, Africa