By Brandon Hall
There are times when God asks us to step out in obedience and faith before he has fully revealed his plan to us; after all, we wouldn’t need to rely on him if we always perfectly understood the plan. Daniel Bollig took “stepping out” one further and “flew out” to serve on Bonaire in the Caribbean for the summer.
Daniel hails from Lynchburg, Virginia, and studies Mechanical Engineering nearby at Liberty University. As he enters his junior year, he is looking forward to putting his head knowledge to practical use for God’s glory and the Bonaire Technical Team.
Q: How did you hear about TWR?
Alan Lawton, a hiring representative, came to a career fair for engineering students at Liberty. We talked for a while there.
Q: Why did you choose to pursue an internship at TWR specifically?
For two reasons: first, since Spring 2018, I had wanted to work in missions. I had grown a lot over the past several months and was trying to dedicate my life more fully to God. This included being willing to sacrifice my personal aspirations to serve him. Because of this, I felt like I needed to find out more about what serving God as a missionary looked like. Second, getting internship experience was important to me both because I want to build my resume and because I spent much of my time at school dreaming about how I would get to apply the skills I was learning. When I realized that I could get the engineering experience and missions experience simultaneously with TWR, serving here became an easy decision.
Q: What do you feel your calling is, and how does this summer fit into that?
Calling? That is something I am still figuring out. What I do know is that I want to serve God with my whole life, in whatever way he will use me. I get very excited about engineering design and problem-solving. I get very excited about meeting new people. I get very excited about making a positive difference in people’s lives through service, friendship, advice and however else. I get very excited about learning new things and understanding the world better with each new bit of knowledge.
This summer fits into this exciting uncertainty by giving me a chance to meet many new people, get experience in real-life engineering and serve those listening to TWR’s broadcasts and those around me on Bonaire. While I am still unsure of my calling, I know that if I seek God and use the opportunities he has given me well, he will guide my future.
Q: What led you to choose to serve in the Caribbean?
The simple answer is that I was only interviewed in Bonaire, so I came here. I would have considered strongly any option TWR had given me.
Q: What kinds of projects will you be working on over the summer?
So far, I have been helping with anything the station needs done.
My major project has been to install wiring for a new security system in the buildings at the transmitter site. I have also helped two missionary families that returned to North America pack up and move their belongings. In addition, I have helped the maintenance crew in painting the towers. This has either meant running the winch that lifts them up the towers or climbing up myself to help a little.
An upcoming project is to install new locks at the Studio building and plan for a small solar farm to be installed there.
Q: What are you looking forward to learning or doing during your time here?
Over the next couple weeks, I am looking forward to continuing to explore Bonaire (scuba diving!) and serving at a business known as Mission Aloe Plantation that is opening on the island.
Q: What are your plans after you graduate?
I am not sure yet. I am interested in living overseas for several years after college. I lived in New Zealand for a little while and I would enjoy returning there.
Q: What’s a fun or unusual fact about yourself?
I am from a family with seven kids and have (until now) never lived more than 20 minutes away from home. It has been a new challenge getting used to things being quiet at my house when I get home from work this summer.
Brandon Hall is a 21-year-old writer from central North Carolina living in and only by the grace of God. Born with a passion for communication and the arts, his outlets include creative writing, musical theater and competitive speech and debate. He is currently a junior at Regent University pursuing a major in Communication Studies.