50% in 50 days

Our goal is to be at 50% support in the next 50 days.
The good news is that we are already at 14% (of people who have already given) of our monthly support.
That means by March 14th we need to raise $900 of monthly support in the next 50 days. Which is only 36 people committing to $25 monthly. We would love for you to parter with us!

If you are in town or in the greater Seattle area we may be calling you to set up a time to get together to talk about supporting us.

If you want to meet with us please let us know. If you can’t support us financially at this time, don’t worry we would love to have you follow along and shower us with your prayers.
We also have lots of other ideas about different ways you can be involved with us.
I will update our facebook page weekly to let you know about our progress

Everyone is invited to join and please invite other to join along!

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The importance of prayer

Raising support is a whole new ballgame for Randy and I. We have never done it to this extent, and it is so much bigger than either of us realized.IT is an extremely humbling experience. One reason I am starting this blog is so I can be as real and as raw as possible about our missionary journey. I want people to know where we are at so that they can know how to pray for us. Randy and I have been shocked at the discouragement both of us have encountered since sending out our support letters. It is a battle to fight against the discouragement and keep our eyes focused on the Lord.

In fact in all honesty when I start thinking about it I kind of feel like I am drowning. Several questions start spinning through my head,  what if we never raise the money? What if people get annoyed with us talking about it all the time?  Will people think we see them as dollar signs and not as friends? I hope people don’t think I only want to have contact with them because of money. Am I doing this right? What if we never raise the money (yes I know that was there twice)?

That’s not the only thing that makes me feel like I am drowning, I also realize that the minute you say you want to be a missionary your life becomes very public. The minute you say you are going to be a missionary people hold you to a higher standard, and I know I am not going to be able to hold up that standard.

I have some wonderful friends who have been in ministry a long time and the thing that is most precious about them to me is how real they continue to be. They have let us see their successes and failures in such a real way that their lives continue to inspire and encourage us. I want to be real with people no matter what. I want people to see the things I am good at and the things I am bad at.

I am so glad I know who Jesus is. I am so thankful that I know that when Jesus died on the cross he died for all my sins that I have done and all my sins that I will ever do. That is a constant source of encouragement to me.

These are a lot of random thoughts but I have titled this blog post the importance of prayer because we need your prayers. I need to be in prayer to combat the fiery darts of the evil one. Pray for us that we would keep our eyes on Jesus, knowing that he is faithful. Pray for us that we will combat discouragement. Pray for us that God will raise up people to support us. I am so thankful and excited to see how God works in us and through us because of your prayers.

As I was writing this the Lord brought Psalm 27 to my mind. I memorized it in high school, and I was so encouraged as I meditated on God’s words through David. Here is a snippet of  Psalm 27…look it up and read it. 

“The Lord is my light and my salvation whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes,  it is they who stumble and fall. Though an army encamp against me my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. One thing I ask of thee Lord, this is what I seek, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For he will hid me in his shelter in the day of trouble, he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will left me high upon a rock. And now my head shall be lifted up about my enemies that surround me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy, I will sing and make melody to the Lord…I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord.”

Support Raising

Well…this weekend it all starts.  We start our goal towards becoming missionaries in the Dominican this weekend by presenting at the Southeast Church. We are also sending out our letters.  To say it is scary is an understatement. When you start support raising it is like entering a tunnel having no idea how, when, or where you will come out the other side. Kind of like in the Lord of the Rings when they enter into the Mines of Moria (I know I am a huge dork :)). They knew that had to go this way but what it was going to look like no one had any idea, and it ended up being harder than any of them could have imagined.

But, for us this is where faith comes in. We know that God has led us in this direction. We know that the only way we can go to the Dominican is through the financial support of others. Basically it is completely and totally out of our hands and all we can do is wait. Yes, we work hard: we send out letters, meet with people, meet with churches, present at churches, start groups on facebook…  But, in the end our job is to wait and have faith.

So, we walk into the Mines of Moria this weekend. I am thankful that unlike the fellowship we have someone we can rely on who is all-knowing, all-powerful and always present. We are not groping in the dark or left to wander on our own because God will guide us through this process. We don’t know how God is going to work but we know he is. We don’t know how long it is going to take but God does.

I am so thankful we can lay ourselves in the care of the Everlasting, Eternal God. Now is our time to have faith, and I am thankful for this time in our life where God is going to grow that faith so that we can depend more fully on Him.