October Update

ITG to Keynote

After many years at Campus Crusade’s World Headquarters and with the Information Technology (IT) Group, Liesl and I have exciting news to announce! This will come as a big surprise to many of you, and is actually pretty new to us, too.

This summer God started a process in my mind and heart that caused me to ask if ITG is still the best place for me within Campus Crusade for Christ. Campus Crusade has a lot of other offices (in Orlando and elsewhere) that need technical experts—maybe I would fit well in one of them?

After talking to many technology and ministry leaders, praying, and seeking counsel, we decided that God’s next place for us is with Keynote, the music and performing arts ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ. The paperwork and final approvals aren’t completely in, but we’re confident that the process won’t take too much longer. We expect that we’ll be moving to Westfield, Indiana (just north of Indianapolis) some time next spring or summer.

I’m sure you have a million questions—here are the answers to some of the big ones. Feel free to call, email, or write with any others.

What does Keynote do?
Keynote’s mission is to partner with other strategic ministries to communicate God’s love through music and the performing arts. They do this in several ways:

  • Fielding bands and other performers (like David Pendleton, a ventriloquist) who share the gospel in a compelling way. We’ve heard of as many as 2500 kids in a middle eastern country responding at just one outreach!
  • Training others in how to start music and performing arts ministries around the world.
  • Offering a summer project to train performers and give them ministry experience.

You can learn more about the vision and history of Keynote by watching these online videos.

Why did you choose Keynote?
Liesl and I really appreciate the ministry of Keynote. Keynote was Liesl’s first choice as a place to serve when she originally joined Campus Crusade in 1993, but they didn’t need her as a performer at that time. When I was a student, I was involved in several evangelistic outreaches where Keynote groups performed.

Keynote has about 90 staff, and they have no full-time information technology people. Their technical needs are being met by their Executive Director and several others who would like to focus more on their primary jobs. I (Karl) will be their lead IT person, doing everything from running servers and upgrading network equipment to helping guide their growing use of the Internet. Liesl will have opportunities to help out with projects in the office, also.

We really enjoyed being at the “center of the action” at Campus Crusade’s World Headquarters. Now God has put on our hearts the desire to fill a critical need in a place where we’ll be a step closer to the people who are reaching the lost. At Keynote, instead of serving people who are serving our field staff, I’ll work directly with the people who are going out and taking the Gospel to the world. We’ll miss headquarters, our church, and especially being close to Liesl’s family, but this is a change that we’re really excited about.

Will anything change regarding your financial support needs or how people support you?
Not really. Keynote is a ministry of Campus Crusade for Christ, so nothing will change regarding how we raise support or how you get it to us. However, whenever a Campus Crusade for Christ missionary changes roles, that’s the time to make sure that our team of ministry partners is as strong as it needs to be. We’ll need to take some time early next year to raise about $1200 more in monthly support to cover lost support and increasing costs.

Please pray for us as we prepare for all of the adjustments and work ahead. We couldn’t be doing this without you.

1 thought on “October Update

  1. Jennifer Saake

    Praying that the Lord will bless this transition and richly supply all your needs – financially, emotionally, spiritually, and in every other way – as you follow His leading down this new path.

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