Get to know the OneWay team! This week we'd like to introduce you to one of the people working behind the scenes at OneWay to help Reach People.
When Marianne Kiel joined OneWay’s staff this January, it was a moment she had been preparing for and anticipating since early 2021.
“Early last year, I felt God calling me toward missions, but I had no idea what that looked like,” Marianne said. “I had been on seven short-term mission trips and admired missionaries, but I never thought I could be one.”
Then a woman at her church gave a presentation on the videography she would be doing for an overseas mission, and Marianne’s category for missions suddenly expanded.
“I fell in love with the idea that ministry can be creative,” Marianne said. “Soon after that, my pastor told me that OneWay was hiring, and it quickly became clear that God wanted me here. I am so excited to use the gifts God gave me to advance His kingdom!”
Marianne has enjoyed handling administrative tasks on the donor relations team as well as writing stories, resources, social media posts and much more with the communications team. She said, “I have experienced such a warm welcome into the family. The love overflowing from everyone at OneWay is beautifully winsome for the gospel of Christ!”
What does the perfect day look like to Marianne? “If I could, I would spend every day biking the prairie path, packing a picnic and stopping to write and read for a few hours at a time at my favorite quiet spots,” she said.
Another fun fact about Marianne is that she has been to 14 countries outside of the US (visiting 11 of those within 30 days) as well as 40 US states. She is planning on checking off five more states this summer.
Photos: Top, Marianne in Amsterdam. Right, Marianne and her family