About Me


*This is out of date and needs updating. I’ll be working on it… 🙂

Hello. This is me… Karen Barnes.

In 2012, we decided to take a leap of faith. I accepted a marketing job with International Justice Mission and we picked up our lives and moved to the N. VA/DC area. (Read Taking the Leap.) It has been a wild ride so far and filled with so many unexpected blessings. (Read He Said “Trust Me”). It is living up to my expectations that I would be challenged and stretched in just about every way possible.

I feel like my gifts, passions, and experiences are being melded together into a calling, but we’re never promised it will be easy.

This blog will give you a window in to what makes me tick. The things that fuel me.

I love to explore (to travel, try new foods and new adventures), to read (when I make the time), but most of all I get really fired up about being an advocate for social change. For encouraging others in ways that we can all make a difference – right here in our backyard and around the world. God’s call to serve the “least, last, and lost” is unmistakable in Scripture.

And my newest side hobby is being a Noonday Ambassador. Using fashion and design to create economic opportunity for the vulnerable.

I am married to my best friend & the love of my life and I am just trying to live out my life as Christ would lead me. Some days I do better than others.

One of my favorite quotes comes from the founder of World Vision, Bob Pierce. He said: “Let my heart be broken by the things that break the heart of God.” I pray that becomes my own personal motto.

“What if each of us decided with renewed commitment to truly embrace the good news, the whole gospel, and demonstrate it through our lives – not even in big ways, but in small ones? What if we each said to God, ‘Use me; I want to change the world’?”
-Richard Stearns, The Hole in Our Gospel

Here are a couple of my personal favorite blog posts I’ve written, to give you a place to start:

Taking the Leap

Haiti Wrecked Me

Redefining Scripture: Psalm 46

Finding Purpose in our Everyday Tasks

The Difficulty with Dreaming

Everyone Can Do Something

7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Loved reading your blog!!! Karen so much of what you are saying describes me….I almost could have written it! 🙂 I loved the book, A Hole in our Gospel…I read it last year and was so changed by it. We have a World Vision child in Nicaragua! I love the concept of being an ambassador for Christ! It is what He calls us. I would like to know more about being a World Vision ambassador. The book Heaven is Real was great.
    I am in a Winter season….quit my job last year and sort of fumbling around with what I will do next. Taking care of my elderly mom. Married to my best friend. We have three beautiful kids…one is married so we have four.

    Anyway, your blog encouraged me. It’s okay to be in a winter season…so unlike any others that I have ever been in before. It is good to be still and just do what we know God has called us to in the moment.

    Thanks again. Love to hear more about your experience with World Vision.

  2. Karen,

    My fiance and I are both in PR/Marketing here in Nashville. I just learned of IJM. Are there folks here in Nashville I can connect with to volunteer my time and connect my church up with the organization?

    Thanks and hope you are enjoying D.C. It’s a great town!

    Daniel Hayes

  3. Dear Karen, Thanks that you are enjoying the blessing of God, I am Samson William a Director of Zomba Community Support Group since last year when the Government of Republic of Malawi gave us the certificate of the registered trust. Therefore we have a dream and a passion to help the youth and children in good health by providing the basic need to the orphan and the needy. This is why i am writing this to that if God leads you come and support us. at this hour we are helping 13 children and 7 Youth. this is happening because lack of resources.
    God bless you. Samson William. Email: smsnwilliam@gmail.com

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