By Brandon Hall
Behind every charitable organization relying on donations and every missionary raising support in the field is a team crunching numbers, running the show behind the scenes. While accounting is something not often associated with kingdom work, Hunter Hartung and those in his line of work are irreplaceable cogs in the body of Christ.
Hunter is a sophomore at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania, where he studies Accounting. He’s been working in the Finance department to research and compile financial reports for TWR’s use throughout 2019 and 2020.
Q: How did you hear about TWR?
I heard about TWR through The Traveling Team — an organization that travels across the United States sharing a major theme in the Bible that many students miss. The theme was God’s heart for the world and all of creation. What hooked me was hearing about the potential for me to use my talents in finance for God’s kingdom. God’s slowly been preparing me to reach that point, so I’m thankful for this blessing.
Q: Why did you choose to pursue an internship at TWR specifically?
I wanted the opportunity to see and experience God’s work for the nations through accounting. My hope for the summer was to understand where I potentially fit into the big puzzle of God’s kingdom. TWR has offered me an opportunity to use my talents for something much bigger than myself.
Q: What do you feel your calling is, and how does this summer fit into that?
The Lord has really given me a heart for the nations, and I would like to couple that with my interest in accounting. This internship will serve as an opportunity for me to see that at work. TWR is unique because it offers a practical, first-hand look at the work God’s given me a heart for, so I’m very exciting to be involved in this mission.
Q: What kinds of projects will you be working on over the summer?
I have been working alongside Bob Thorp making financial reports for 2020. My work mostly revolved around changing the way we report information, employing many new methods. It was exciting to be a fresh set of eyes as my department developed how reporting would be done for this new year.
Q: What challenges have you faced so far in your internship, and how have you overcome them?
There haven’t been many challenges other than the trial and error of making fresh reports. In the moments where I’m stuck and feel like I’ve failed, I’ve found myself turning to prayer. Prayer has brought me rest, and many times God opened my eyes to see things I didn’t before.
Q: What have you enjoyed learning or doing during your time here?
I’ve really enjoyed the problem solving required in my position. There have been many moments where I’m just in deep thought over a challenging issue with a report. For me, working through those problems has been a lot of fun!
Q: What are your plans after you graduate?
For now, I’m considering getting my CPA and pursuing a position in a ministry organization, such as TWR. Overall, my goal is to continue pursuing whatever God has for me — whether that be with TWR or a company in the corporate world.
Q: What’s a fun or unusual fact about yourself?
I have a superior ability to move my eyebrows. This talent is one that I’m extremely proud of. Feel free to ask about it; I’d be happy to demonstrate.
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.