We'd like to introduce you to Brad Voss, who has joined the Made in the Streets team in the new year as our brand new executive director! Based on what we've seen so far, we are certain that Brad is the right person to lead MITS into a new season of growth over the coming years.
Check out Brad's responses to five questions that shed some light on why we think he's so awesome (and think you will too!), then read on to catch the rest of his bio.
#1: How did you first hear about MITS?
#2: What is a book, author, or person who has changed your life?
I remember reading an article about Bono’s (from the band U2) first visit to Africa back in the mid-80s. Bono, who was already a big rock star at the time, and his wife, Ali, spent six weeks working at an orphanage in Ethiopia. Even at 14 years old, I was so moved by that article that I decided right then that someday I would go work in Africa - my first visit to Africa happened 25 years later. Over the last 30 years, Bono’s focus on service and support in Africa has greatly influenced my life; along with books like Hole In Our Gospel by Richard Stearns, The End of Poverty by Jeffery Sachs, Phillip Gourevitch’s tragic book about the Rwanda genocide, and everything written by Brennan Manning and Henri Nouwen. Oh, and Darrell Gruder’s Missional Church and Shaping of Things to Come by Frost & Hirsch radically changed my view on church as mission.
#3: If you could tell our donors/sponsors one thing, what would it be?
We need your help. I know that sounds simple, but it’s so true. The United Nations estimates the current number of children living on the streets around the world to be somewhere around 150 million. By the year 2025, some reports suggest that this number could double to over 300 million kids living on the streets worldwide. That’s such a huge number! The challenge of loving, serving, and transforming the lives of those street kids is so big, but the number of people who could help is also really big. Frankly, we need as many people as possible to give financially; to donate their time; to visit MITS in Kenya; and to pray along with us that God will use all of us to make a huge difference in the lives of many, many, many street kids.
#4: If you could tell our students one thing, what would it be?
#5: If your family were a baseball team, what positions would everyone play?
While developing his professional skill set, Brad also devoted himself to working with youth and serving with nonprofit organizations. For the past 15 years, Brad has spent multiple weeks each year speaking at camps, retreats and youth events across the country. Brad serves as a director and MC for Group Workcamps Foundation, a non-profit organization providing camp and home repair experiences for tens of thousands of students and adults each year.
When you do this for 27 years, you're bound to pick up a few stories and lessons along the way. Thoughts, impressions, news, and highlights from our staff, visitors, donors, students and alumni.