Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Raising Support

This internship is a complete volunteer based internship. Since I will be out of the country for 2 ½ months with no income coming in and bills to pay as well as needing money to purchase an airline ticket, and survive in Brazil I need to raise some support. I have some money set aside that I have been saving for this opportunity but it isn’t nearly enough to cover my cost for the summer. If you are able, and find it in your heart to do so would you please consider helping me by supporting me financially? As I have said before I understand that we have fallen on hard economic times. Money may be tight for you and that is OK. Prayer works also. God has a lot of money so I trust by faith and with all my heart He will provide.

God has already provided $3900 of the $6500 I need for this trip and He continues to amaze me daily on this journey!!! Here is how you can support me if you feel lead to do so!

To get a tax receipt for your contribution please make checks payable to “First Baptist Church Orlando” indicating “global impact” on the memo line. Please do not write my name anywhere on the check. VERY IMPORTANT: PLEASE GIVE THE CHECK DIRECTLY TO ME!!! I need to be able to keep track of my support. If you give it directly to the church I will not get credit for it.

If you don't care about getting a tax receipt for this then just send check or cash with my name on it directly to me. Thank you so much for allowing God to use you in helping fulfill a passion and dream I have had for quiet sometime now!

Hugs and KISSES,

Open Door!

Have you ever had to wait a really long time for God to open a door that you desperately desired and longed to go through? I know have. WAIT has pretty much been the theme word of my life this past 4 years. This is why I am writing to you today, to tell you about my exciting new open door opportunity.

First I want to give you a short recap of how this process began. As most of you know in fall 2006 I made the decision to answer the call to ministry. Immediately I started looking into organizations and opportunities where I could serve in long term missions only to be met with the same answer, “you need to finish your undergraduate.” I couldn’t believe what I was hearing!! Here I was saying, “here am I God, send me” but He was telling me go back to school? Finally, in August 2007 I begrudgingly returned to school at Liberty University through their online degree program. For the life of me I couldn’t understand why and I was so frustrated. It just didn’t make sense to me however, it made sense to God. The first class I took at Liberty was a basic theology class and it was there God provided the answer I was looking for. “How can you do My work when you haven’t been trained to use your sword properly?” Boy does God know what He is doing. How often I forget that concept.

Through this process I have gained the knowledge, wisdom, and understanding I know I will need about God and people, to use in the mission field. I’m not gonna lie to you though. This has been a tremendously, tiring, tedious, and grueling process. Waiting in a hallway full of closed doors I want to go through with only open doors I don’t want to go through yet at the same time accepting the truth that they are just as important isn’t always an easy thing to accept. Bishop Joseph Garlington once said, “Sure God closes doors to open others but it’s hell in the hallway.” God is never late but He sure misses a few good opportunities to be early. That is because He knows if the answer comes to early we’d miss His greatest act.

As I approach the end of my journey in school, Liberty University has given me permission to use my internship this summer to do something humanitarian. Being that my entire purpose for going back to school was to be a missionary I am thrilled that God would allow me to have this opportunity. I will be serving with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) this summer in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. I will be working in an orphanage helping and loving on children and teens that have been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS as well as working in a community center with programs for children, teens, and families located in the slums of Belo Horizonte. As soon as I heard about the opportunity in the orphanage my heart jumped for joy! What an amazing experience this will be in preparing me for my future!

I look forward to hearing from you during this experience! Please keep in touch!

Hugs and KISSES,