Monday, May 17, 2010

Adventures in Babysitting

Seth Barnes is our "not on a reality show" hero! Seth Barnes '80 was raised in a Christian home, Seth's parents encouraged his involvement with missions at an early age. He went to Guatemala for two months as a junior in high school and the Andes Mountains of Peru the following year, where his passion for missions continued to grow. In 1977, he enrolled at Wheaton College near Chicago, Illinois. In his senior year, he worked in a Cambodia refugee camp to which people were forced to flee due to the persecution of the Khmer Rouge.

Soon after graduation, Seth married Karen and they moved directly to Indonesia, where Seth worked in economic development, helping the poorest of the poor. In 1981, they moved to the Dominican Republic doing the same work. Seth attended Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia and graduated with an MBA two years later.

Upon graduating, Seth was faced with a choice between two divergent paths: a secure life in corporate America that would support Karen and their kids, or a life of risk, starting a mission agency with a friend. Seth chose to obey God and helped successfully start a ministry. Two years later, in 1989, God planted a new seed in his heart: Seth obeyed and launched what is now Adventures in Missions. Within a year, he was leading hundreds of people overseas on short-term mission trips. Today, that number has grown to thousands. AIM has taken over 80,000 people into the mission field and now has full-time ministry bases all over the world. Seth currently lives with Karen and two of their five children in Gainesville, Georgia.

Seth told us that he wanted some help recruiting students on campus next year for his trips, but was having a problem getting anyone's attention. We've created these 7 tshirts that will be available for purchase in the bookstore in September. Go missions baby!

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