Community Coordinators Help Move COTN Forward

02/08/13

Children of the Nations (COTN) is looking for a person to fill the position of Community Coordinator for the Seattle, Washington, area. This role supports COTN’s ministry by developing relationships with churches who wish to take part in local activities that help bring better care to children in need. Amber Kaiser has served as COTN’s Community Coordinator in San Diego for three years. Below, she shares a little bit about what she does on a daily basis.

 
A typical day for Amber is all about connecting with people. “Questions are my love language,” she says with a smile. And her day is full of them. She spends most of her time organizing meal packaging events and SmilePacks® drives, helping churches get their congregations involved with COTN, and meeting with partners. “It’s really fun to network and see people get excited,” Amber says. “That’s honestly the best part of the day-to-day.” 
 
The challenge of Amber’s job is to make the needs of the children come alive. She knows firsthand how partner support directly impacts our children’s lives every day. “It’s really fun to be able to connect with partners here and help them understand why we do what we do,” she says. She describes herself as a bridge between cultures. “In a lot of ways my job is to communicate what’s happening in-country—to be an advocate for children who have no voice.” 
 
Amber’s desire to empower children in need is what first led her to COTN. And whenever she is able, she loves visiting the children we serve. Recently, on a trip to Uganda, Amber’s sense of purpose was re-fueled. “I have been telling stories [to partners] but to actually see it come alive was absolutely incredible,” she says. 
 
Amber’s excitement and vision are contagious. And they are what make her so good in this position, says Eric Nachtrieb, COTN’s Field Services Director. The community coordinator is one of three roles in a COTN area office. “They are instrumental in helping us,” says Eric. “They breathe life into our activities.” 
 
Fraser Ratzlaff, COTN’s Seattle area community representative, sees great potential in the Seattle area. “It’s not like there’s a lack of needs or a lack of resources. It’s connecting those two things,” he says. Just like Amber, Fraser stepped out in faith to join the COTN team a few years ago. With the help of a community coordinator in Seattle, Fraser knows more partners can get connected and more children’s lives can be changed. “If you’re someone out there reading this right now and you’ve been to one of the countries and seen the need but think to yourself, ‘There’s no way I could do this for a living’—if that’s what you’re thinking, don’t let that hold you back. That was me.”
 
Amber’s position, like all COTN positions, is funded by partners like you. “Raising support is a constant of what I do, what we all do at COTN,” Amber says. Every week, she sets aside time to connect with her partners. She sends handwritten notes whenever possible. “I remind my supporters that it is us together who are raising children,” she says, and then quotes an African proverb. “Alone you can go fast, but together you can go far.” 
 
Interested in becoming Seattle’s community coordinator? Or do you know someone who would be? Learn more and apply here!