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May the goodbye be long


Permalink 11:23:45 am, by fumanchu Email , 405 words   English (US)
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May the goodbye be long

I've been working at Amor Ministries for fourteen years. I started as an intern, then "temporary paid staff" for two summers. I spent 9 months working in El Paso, TX as the only full-time staff member living there. Then, in the summer of 1994, I moved back to HQ in San Diego. I worked four more years "in the field", showing groups how to build houses for the poor.

Around 1998, I started nurturing our fledgling computer network, and began writing business-management software for the ministry. I was the entire IT department (with a lot of help from Wendy, my supervisor) until we hired Ryan Gwillim to take over System Administration duties in early 2001. Together, we grew the network as the company grew. I wrote a lot more code, including my own database mediation software and web server, plus web applications, and reporting and analysis tools. For the last year, I've added the title of "Director of IT" to my existing "System Architect" role.

And despite all the good work and good friends, it's time for me to move on. Today is my last day as a full-time employee of Amor Ministries.

I've accepted a position as Software Engineer at etsy.com, an online marketplace for handmade goods, starting August 1st. Since they let me work from home, I will continue to live in San Diego. This should also allow me to continue to contribute to Amor--we are discussing consulting options for the transitional period while Amor searches for a new Director of IT, System Architect, and Web Application Developer.

Thanks so much to all who have supported me throughout my ministry here at Amor for so long. Your contributions make a huge impact in our world and for the kingdom--an offer of hope to those who have none. Although I've done my best to meet Amor's future IT needs, they need your support now more than ever as they seek to fill not one, but three positions soon.

Thanks to all my friends at Amor, past and present. We know a level of trial and service that most people never experience, and that common bond will keep us close into eternity. Consider it all joy.

A special thanks to Scott and Gayla, for inspiring and supporting so many to do so much. Thanks for your patience and your passion. May your vision carry Amor to do "even greater things than these" far into the future.


Comment from: gwilly [Visitor] · http://www.ryangwillim.com

Slainte and Sugoi! Good times, good times indeed.

07/20/07 @ 12:16
Comment from: Kevin Dangoor [Visitor] · http://www.blueskyonmars.com

Congrats on the new job, and best of luck, Bob!

This is a good day for etsy.com :)

07/20/07 @ 20:14
Comment from: Arnar Birgisson [Visitor]

Congratulations and best of luck in the new job!

07/21/07 @ 15:24
Comment from: The Morrisons [Visitor] · http://sdmorrisons.blogspot.com

You made a huge impact on Amor. We know that you are going to be missed by all.

08/03/07 @ 21:53

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