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Bekah Ochs, one of Johnson’s chapel offering recipients this year. Photo courtesy of Bekah Ochs.

KNOXVILLE – This year’s chapel offering is assisting five Johnson alumni who are currently serving in strategic vocations, including alumna Bekah Ochs.

Ochs graduated from Johnson in May 2019 with a degree in Cross-Cultural Media Communication. She is now serving with New International, a mission sending organization stationed in Florida.

“At our core, [New International] is focused on making disciples globally and making Christ known,” Ochs said.

New International fulfills this in five core areas – church multiplication, global youth ministry, marketplace ministries, short-term mobilization and community transformation.

Currently, Ochs is in the partnership development stage of her affiliation with New International. She is seeking out individuals and churches to come alongside and partner with her in this ministry.

When the partnership development stage is complete, Ochs will begin working in the media department for New International. In this role she gets to help missionaries craft social media content, newsletters, blog posts and any other source of media they desire.

“I’m passionate about helping missionaries tell their stories,” Ochs said. “I get to do that day in and day out.”

Alongside her team members, Ochs is brainstorming several different ways to combine her passions with the needs of New International.

“We’re looking at several different things like monthly e-newsletters that are corporate wide and having better contact with the missionaries who are not using the media department,” Ochs said.

Ochs is looking forward to being able to travel and work with missionaries around the world.

“I’m excited to see what God is doing around the world. I literally get to travel and tell those stories,” Ochs said.

As apart of her job, Ochs has to raise her own support, which includes her salary and her ministry expenses. Through the chapel offering funds, some of that burden will be lifted from Ochs.

“I’m honored to have been chosen and I’m excited for the group that has been chosen; they’re such a great group,” Ochs said. “It’s humbling and super encouraging and honoring. Thank you so much for including me.”

To learn more about the work of New International and of Ochs, visit newinternational.org.

Posted by Brooke Effland

Brooke Effland is a sophomore at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee. She is pursuing a degree in cross-cultural media communications. Effland hopes to live overseas one day and tell stories of those who are making an impact in this world.

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