HEARTS AFLAME: AT GHM, EVEN ACCOUNTING IS A MINISTRY
Count on Karla
When most of you think about GHM, you’re not thinking of office personnel. However, if you were to ask someone inside GHM who we consider to be most critical to our operations, you’d hear the name Karla Eden. A lot. She joined us in May of 2016 and are we ever grateful for her. We didn’t know how much we needed her until we turned our books over to her.
Groomed by God for GHM
Karla grew up in a small town in Iowa and was raised in the church. In high school she worked on staff at Lutheran Camp Okoboji. She knew who was at the camp for the week by what was delivered to the kitchen where she worked: prune juice for seniors and PopTarts for kids.
That’s when the Christian faith she’d grown up with became her own. She decided God was calling her to step out in faith and follow Him with her entire life. She wasn’t sure what that would look like, but she was interested in finding out.
She had two older sisters who became CPA’s and she followed in their footsteps, graduating from the University of Iowa. She completed her CPA, in one sitting, right after graduation and headed to Texas where jobs were more abundant.
A Focus on Family
Karla worked in accounting for about ten years and along the way she married a handsome fellow she’d met in college. He’d followed her to Texas for the jobs, and together they formed a family. Karla discovered stepping out in faith and following God meant focusing on her roles as a wife to Brian and a mother to her three kids. Her happy family, with strong Christian values, is a testament to her journey with God.
For 21 years Karla’s primary occupation was Mom, a role she loves and cherishes, even still. However, when her third child got her driver’s license, she suddenly had some time on her hands. She’d planned on returning to accounting at some point and had kept her credentials current, so she looked around for an opportunity. She was interested in working, but only part time, because she wanted to keep the job of being Mom at the top of her list of priorities.
An Exchange of Blessings
We’d be hard pressed to adequately describe how much we needed Karla; that’s not to short-change anyone who handled our books before, but she just gets it. She stays about three steps ahead of us in everything from budgeting to taxes to donor letters. If it has anything to do with keeping the books and financial reporting, we don’t have to worry about it. Karla’s got it covered. Her work allows us to stay focused on our primary directives of reaching the Most Unreached.
When asked what her favorite thing about GHM might be, she couldn’t think of one thing-she had a list: the mission, the people, the location, and the flexibility. She is greatly impressed by the Central Asians we work with and for. “They have enormous hearts and risk so much for their faith,” she remarked. She’s amazed by the things we take for granted, like openly carrying Bibles and public worship, which are impossible, or at least very risky, for our Central Asian and Middle Eastern friends in their own countries.
Of the traditions she’s learned of from Central Asia and the Middle East, her favorite is the Uzbek Women’s Day. All the men in a woman’s life, husband, bosses, sons, friends – all the men – are required to honor her and give her gifts on this day. Karla thinks that’s a pretty good idea.
Set Your Heart Aflame
Like Karla, you can partner with Global Heart Ministries to Fulfill The Great Commission in this generation. Together we can bring the light and the truth of Jesus Christ right into the living rooms of every deceived child, every oppressed woman and every hurting home. This is our message. This is our call.
We invite you to join this vision as a volunteer, a prayer warrior or a financial donor. Contact us today by phone or email. Let us know how you’d like to partner with us as we reach out to the Most Unreached Regions of the World.