By Melissa Paredes
As a young boy, Kyle Edwards had aspirations of being a missionary. “I had visions of parachuting into the jungle, reaching legions of lost souls, and distributing Bibles and truth as I dashed from one Jesus-filled adventure to the next,” Kyle shared.
But like many childhood dreams, Kyle’s life didn’t turn out like he had planned.
Growing up in a Christian home, Kyle gave his life to Christ at the young age of four years old. But during high school, he began to question the validity of his faith and lost interest in having an intimate relationship with God.
It wasn’t until Kyle was married with two children that he began attending church again. “Personally, I had a rather negative attitude towards the church,” Kyle shared, “but I didn’t want that to stand in the way of my children learning about God. Sunday after Sunday, I would reluctantly attend, but I wasn’t growing or actively pursuing God.”
Eventually Kyle began to get more involved in the church by joining the worship team. Around the same time, he and his wife joined a small group for new attendees of the church. There they met a family that helped reignite Kyle’s childhood dream of serving God as a missionary—the Hennums.
Doug and Jenny Hennum had recently begun serving with Wycliffe, and one night they were sharing about their new role in Information Technology (IT), an important and crucial role in translation work.
“At that moment, an explosion happened in my mind,” Kyle shared. “For so long I felt that I had missed my calling to missions, but the revelation that IT could be used to reach millions ignited a flame in me. I knew that I had to get involved.
“God spoke to me in that moment and I didn’t know how, when, or where, but I knew that I was being called to serve with Wycliffe.”
It turned out that there was an opening for a network administrator in Orlando, and after doing some research, Kyle and his wife flew down to Florida to check out what Wycliffe is all about in person.
Feeling God’s presence and a confidence that this might be where God was leading them, Kyle decided to apply for the position in IT, even though he felt underqualified. Not long afterwards, Kyle was offered the job. So he and his family packed up their life in Minnesota and made the trek down to Florida, leaving what they knew because they felt a calling from God to serve Him in missions.
Jobs in IT are much more critical to the work of Bible translation than you might believe. People like Kyle help maintain, improve, and update computers, networks, programs, and so much more—and it’s all vital to the work of translation. In a day when technology is increasingly significant to the impact of people’s everyday work, IT positions are constantly in demand.
Now Kyle gets to do a job he loves for a God he loves. He may not be parachuting through the jungles of some foreign country, but he’s helping to further the work of Bible translation on a global scale. And that’s a Jesus-filled adventure.
IT roles are one of Wycliffe’s greatest staffing needs. If you have a passion for seeing God’s Word available to everyone still waiting for it in a language they understand best, and are interested in helping through IT, visit www.wycliffe.org/go/information-technology today.
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