Dear Friends and Partners,
I am excited and honored to write this letter to you as the new Executive Director for 2nd Mile Missions. Although I did not know it at the time of my first connection with 2nd Mile Missions in July of 2014, this transition has been in the process for the past 7 years. Teilhard de Chardin wrote that we must “trust in the slow work of God.” Our God is a God who waits, and I’m thankful He waited for me and has given me the opportunity to lead.
In the summer of 2013, I first became aware of 2nd Mile Missions. I was in my sixth year as the Triton School Corporation Athletic Director and was in the midst of planning celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the corporation when I reached out to former Triton teacher and Varsity Football Coach, Rod Wildman, to invite him to a celebration recognizing 50 years of Triton football. One thing led to another and I reconnected with Rod, my former teacher, the following summer (July 2014) when my wife, Lindsey, and I had a dream to provide sports equipment to youth around the world. In true Rod Wildman fashion, he convinced me to take my first trip to the Dominican Republic in October of 2014. The rest, as they say, is history and my life was changed.
Over the past seven years, I have traveled to the DR multiple times and have continued to fall in love with the people, the culture, and with 2nd Mile Missions. I have been fortunate to serve on the Board of Directors (most recently as the Board Chair), to travel to the DR with my family and several Triton teachers and administrators to put on a staff development day for the 2nd Mile Education Center, and to see my wife serve as the Director of Development for 2nd Mile Missions from 2017 to 2018. Needless to say, 2nd Mile Missions has become a part of our lives!
For as long as I can remember, I have had a passion for serving youth and a heart for the poor, which makes this position a great fit for me. I am excited to apply my personal and professional experiences gained over the past 17 years as an educator and school administrator to lead 2nd Mile Missions into the future. As we grow and acclimate to an ever-changing world, we will continue to strive towards organizational sustainability and work to ensure each decision the organization makes aligns with our core values and represents the stakeholders of 2nd Mile Missions in a Christ-like way.
I am looking forward to building upon the incredible work of our founders, Rod and Nancy Wildman, who have entrusted me with the day-to-day operations of the organization. Without their willingness to follow God’s call to leave all they knew to start our organization, I would not have the opportunity to lead.
I also want to recognize the tremendous effort put forth by our staff and board – an amazing group of talented people who make our organization what it is today. Their collective skills and passion are unmatched and I appreciate their dedication to our work and look forward to leading the organization to a bright future alongside them.
As the new Executive Director, I look forward to the opportunity to collaborate closely with you – our donors, volunteers, and partners – to carry out our mission and expand our impact so we can continue to disrupt the cycle of poverty in the Dominican Republic. Together we can, and will, make a positive difference!
Mason McIntyre, Executive Director
2nd Mile Missions