It is with great delight that we announce a new ministry endeavor of One Body One Hope: our first full-time employee. In April 2016, our board finalized plans to hire Austin Lindemulder. You can read Austin’s bio below, but for a quick frame of reference, Austin was the catalyst that started the bridge project and also one of the four Dordt engineering majors who saw it through to completion. Austin has been to Liberia on three trips with OBOH, and our Liberian friends call him “The Commander." In a way that only God could have orchestrated, it has become apparent to both Austin and the leadership of OBOH that this is the logical and very exciting next step in our ministry growth. We hope you agree and offer Austin your prayers and warm welcome!
Austin’s title will be Interim Development Coordinator and his job will have components in both the US and Liberia. On this side of the Atlantic, Austin will work primarily with growth and ministry development, furthering the reach of OBOH and expanding our donor base. He will also be an integral part of our teams as he works to coordinate communications and streamline processes. In Liberia, Austin will be a programs catalyst, helping implement ideas and strategies and helping coordinate new ministry endeavors. It is our hope that Austin will split his time between the US and Liberia, but specific timeframes and trip dates have not yet been set. However, we plan to have Austin officially begin his year-long, interim position (with a review and potential extension of employment) on June 1, 2016.
Austin Lindemulder grew up in Lansing, IL on the south side of Chicago. He is the son of Paul and Deb Lindemulder. He has three brothers, two older and one a twin. He went to Illiana Christian High School. He loves sports and played soccer and volleyball all through high school. He went on many relief mission trips throughout high school, and he has always had a passion for missions, ministry, and the developing world and loved to get involved in his church.
Austin will be graduating from Dordt College in May with his B.S. in Engineering with an emphasis in Civil Engineering. He went to Liberia through One Body One Hope three times during college. The first one was through Dordt’s AMOR program in 2014 which opened up his eyes to what God is doing around the world and changed his heart to make it a priority to help those in need. He fell in love with the people of Liberia and desired to help out when he came back. After that trip, his team initiated a fundraising project on Dordt’s campus called “One Cut” to raise money for the Christ our Hope North orphanage. The second time he went was in August of 2015 and the purpose was to reconnect with people and to scope out the site for the bridge project that would be completed on his third trip. Austin was a part of the four person senior design team that designed and built the bridge at the end of the 2015 year. Ever since his first trip, Liberia has meant a lot to him and he looks at any chance he can get to help One Body One Hope and AVDC which is what brought him here!
Austin loves the outdoors, hiking, backpacking, and fishing, and playing sports. He loves to try new things, new foods, and is very adventurous. He loves to travel, fly and see new places. Austin was on res life for 3 years at Dordt College. He wanted to do something different one summer, so he lived at the Grand Canyon with some friends, serving with a ministry and exploring at any chance they would get. He has goals to visit and hike in many different places around the world. Austin has an incredible, fun-loving, and compassionate girlfriend, Kim Brands. They were able to experience a taste of Liberia together in January of this year. Austin is a go-getter, he loves to meet new people and hear their stories. He is so excited for this position that God called him to and looks forward to seeing how God will use him this next year!
For Austin and oboh:
Safe travels to and from Liberia
That the container will arrive safely and make it through port without any problems
Wisdom as we go forward with projects
For everyone involved in these projects in Liberia. (i.e. The farm, pastors at the churches, the school, etc.)
The “empower a pastor” campaign
That relationships will grow and thrive within the OBOH and AVDC communities
For our Liberian friends:
- Receptive hearts among the people they witness to
- Both physical and spiritual strength as they face poverty and opposition to the gospel
- The desire, passion, and knowledge to develop their community both economically and as the church
- The children at all three children’s homes; for safety and health
- The school and the teachers
- The caretakers and the cooks at the childrens homes
- Safety and health in the development of the farm