Ward McMillen

Ward McMillen

Ward McMillen

Role : Tech Team
Day Time Occupation:

Vice President, Technology for Dexter Solutions

Why are you a part of the African Vision of Hope volunteer team/family?

My desire to be involved started after watching the video “African Vision of Hope Starts with You Testimonies”. Prior to this video I was totally unaware of the ministry. I believe it was one of those “God” things when the student’s testimonies reached out and grabbed hold of my heart. This led to me having a conversation with the team about the possibility of me using my technical “IT” talents in the ministry.

What is your best African Vision of Hope volunteer memory?

This is a difficult question to answer, in the short time I have been involved with African Vision of Hope I have had been able to travel to Zambia twice (going back a 3rd time in July) and in these trips alone I could write volumes. There is not a moment on the ground where God is not pouring into my heart and opening my eyes to the ways he calls us to serve the beautiful children of Zambia. So rather than a memory I will share my very favorite thing to do. A few of the kids we sponsor live in the compound of Kalikiliki. Every moment God gives me to spend with them there in their “home village” is precious. Walking the paths of Kalikiliki, with the “street kids” playing the role of “human jungle gym”, singing, giving hugs, getting down on my knees, eye to eye and asking about “them”, then listening to their stories. You can watch their expressions and know that it is bringing dignity to and hope to “the least of these”. In these moments I have felt the presence of God stronger, more clearly seen the eyes of my Savior, and briefly felt what I could only term as the edge of Glory Unspeakable. To me there is just not a better way to spend a day.

What are your favorite hobbies?

Trying, testing, and learning about anything related to technology.

One thing that would surprise someone to learn about me is…

I have no formal education in technology. I attended Hannibal LaGrange University as a bible student. I spent 7 years in active ministry before God led me to stepping in to IT as my “tent making”. That was 20 years ago and although I actively serve as a bi-vocational pastor, God uses the “tent-making” skills he gave me to keep our kids in university and the lights on.

Favorite bible verse?

Philippians 3:12-14
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Are you ready to change a life?

Child sponsorship is a great way to get involved with African Vision of Hope. There are many children waiting right now for sponsorship.