February 24

About D.J. Mitchell

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I grew up in a small town in New Hampshire, and moved to Los Angeles when I was nineteen years old. I worked in an industrial plant for ten years, and then started my own business doing computer work. I’ve been self-employed ever since, though not in the same field. I’ve done tax returns and made artisan cheese. Now I’m a seminary student. And I write.

In 1993, I went to Sri Lanka to work as a volunteer with the Sarvodaya Movement. I stayed 18 months, and returned several more times over the next decade. In 1999, I joined a team that was working to end the civil war there. We helped bring about a cease-fire that lasted four years – the longest cease-fire of the war.

In 2004, I decided I’d had enough of city life, and moved to rural southern Utah. For 12 years, I lived on a ranch in the middle of nowhere. Then it was time to get back to civilization. For years, I’ve felt the call to ministry. Now I’m at Eastern Mennonite Seminary, working toward my M.Div. My eventual goal is not to promote Christianity, but discipleship, living lives consistent with thew Gospel.

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