My name is Will Boggs and I am currently a Presbyterian campus ministry intern at my alma mater – the University of South Carolina. I graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in business as I studied international business and marketing. While at USC, I met my soon-to-be wife, Katie Shelgren, as we volunteered to minister to high school students through a Christian organization called Young Life. I also had the opportunity as an international business student to travel a lot during my four college years to Central America, Southeast Asia, Western Europe, and even North Africa. During this time, I saw God grow my passion for His people all around the world and to share His love with them all.
Enter September 2013, when I left on the World Race, an 11 month mission trip to 11 different countries. During this trip, I got to see God move in many amazing ways all around the world in people I served, people I served with, people I left back at home, and myself. The ministry that grabbed my heart the most was Lighthouse in Action, a ministry in the red light district of Chiang Mai, Thailand. In the subsequent months, I saw God take the burden He placed on my heart for those affected by human trafficking and birth in me and my wife a vision and passion to address it.
Our ministry in 2014 saw us spending a lot of time praying, planning, networking, and building the foundation for our justice ministry. In September 2015, we hope to kick off the ground with the tangible ministry that has resulted from a year of praying and planning. 2015 will find me and my wife traveling to various countries around the world to network with churches, missionaries, and Christian organizations. Our hope is to be of short term assistance and encouragement for those long term missionaries doing God’s work every day in their cities all around the world. We hope to connect justice ministries together to unite the body of Christ and form more efficient, sustainable, and impactful ministries. While traveling, we will be blogging and sharing our experiences through social media in addition to writing a book sharing stories of people, especially focusing on stories from those involved in human trafficking, all around the world and how they were helped by a highlighted ministry we worked with locally. Through these stories, we hope to highlight the injustices we face in this world both nationally and internationally by raising the voices of those directly afflicted above the noise and chaos of this world. The book will be the start of an informational and networking database for other missionaries, organizations, ministries, etc. to help connect them to resources and a network of people located all over the world.
Finally, after returning from this trip in August 2016, we hope to encourage and inspire people to be an active part of the Great Commission and take action against the injustices of this world by assisting established ministries in different parts of the world. We believe that awareness must be reinforced with action, whether that action be spending time in prayer or time in ministry nationally or internationally to address human trafficking and other injustices around the world.
To Katie and me, this vision is evidence of God’s hand at work from the very beginning. God developed in me networking and organizational skills while developing in her a great ability to write and share stories the world needs to hear. This vision is a by-product of recent planning and praying, but also skills and abilities God has been growing in us for a long time. We invite you to partner with us on this journey by spending time in prayer, giving through finances, or helping us connect with justice ministries all over the world. We are excited to share with you the stories God is writing in people’s lives all around the world and see what God has in store for us as CODE missionaries seeking to glorify Him in all we do.
God has created a beautiful world for us to see, but daily He is writing even more beautiful stories into the lives of His people all around the world. We can’t wait to share those stories of what God has done in people’s lives with you.