My move date to the Dominican Republic is August 2nd. My one-way flight has been purchased.
You have 23 school days left in my classroom. What do you want to have learned in my class? Here is what I want you to know when you leave my class on that last day:
- I want you to know that Jesus repaired what was broken in the garden. Salvation is not just a ticket to heaven… it brings us back to God that we may walk with Him.
- I want you to know that obedience to God is a form of worship. It also leads to the best path God has planned for you—YES, God has a plan for your life.
- I want you to know that God created us to live in community and to work together, not against each other.
- I want you to know that excellence should be your goal in whatever you do.
For now, I want you to think, “23 days left for me to give God honor in what I’m doing in school,” and not, “23 days to endure!”
Your Fourth Grade Teacher,
Remember Morena? She’s the housekeeper I’d met in the D.R. and had decided to pray for. After I left, she visited church for the first time. Then she asked for a Bible. Today I found out that she received Christ. This is the message I got from my missionary friend, Julia:
it was so exciting. I didn’t want to “push” her, but I could tell something was up when the invitation was given. So, I just prayed. She didn’t raise her hand or go forward. We sang the last song, and then she wanted to speak to some that she knew before we took her home. When she got to Allison (the pastor’s wife), I could tell she couldn’t speak and was almost in tears. Allison took her aside and talked with her and then Gary talked to her too. He walked her over to us and told us that she had accepted Jesus as her Savior. It was a wonderful moment. On the way home, we told her that you had been praying for her too…she was very happy and said to tell you thank you.
A few pieces of good news as I progress toward my move to the Dominican!
1. A friend of mine has offered to print my support/info letters at no cost.
2. My roommate has helped me with the mailing labels which were causing me a big headache!
3. I was able to use the remainder of my survey trip money to order prayer card bookmarks.
4. I have already been in contact with two pastors who want me to visit their churches to share the mission work I’ll be doing. We don’t have dates set, but I look forward to the opportunities!
5. I’ve set my target monthly goal at $800. With that number, I am already at 21% based on individuals who have committed to support me. That’s crazy, isn’t it? Well, crazy from my perspective—but from God’s point of view, it’s just His plan.
Here is a link to a formal donation form if you are interested in financially supporting my mission work. Thanks so much for your thoughts and prayers! I’m so excited to see how God will work.
I am in contact with the director of the missions board. It has been a really great experience. He is very approachable, and I really feel like it’s a team relationship, not as though the board is some looming authority.
I’ve completed the application. The board asks for a doctor’s physical report as well as a recommendation letter from my church. I should get the church letter today, thanks to my wonderful elder board at Belcroft. Tomorrow, I see the doctor.
After the paperwork is turned in, the director will contact me for an interview, and then we move on from there!
August is approaching quickly and I don’t know where my support will come from. I’m nervous, but I’m also excited to see how God will work. This experience of raising funds will definitely grow my faith.
This month in children’s church, the theme is forgiveness. Last week the big idea was that God’s forgiveness is available to everyone. Then in my 4th grade class this week, our Bible lesson was also focused on forgiveness.
As we studied Ephesians 4:32, we talked about God’s example of forgiveness. Our conclusion was this: It costs us nothing to forgive someone. Yet, our example, God–it cost Him everything to forgive us. God’s forgiveness, that cost Him everything, is available even to those who call themselves His enemy. Yet we struggle to forgive our friends, our family.
When we look at Christ, our own sinfulness is brought to light.
When we look at Christ, we see the redemption for that same sinfulness.
His death on the cross is the price for my forgiveness.
Now that I’m part of the team at the Palms Christian School, my next step is to connect with a mission board. I’m in contact with one now, and I hope to move the process along quickly.
What does the mission board do?
1. The mission board monitors the ministry and is a source of accountability for me. This helps ensure the supporters that their money is truly going to toward mission work. Unfortunately, there are scams out there, so this is a great safeguard for churches.
2. The mission board provides me a service. They have the capability of using direct withdrawal/deposit which makes it easier for supporters to donate and makes it easier for me to access my money outside the U.S.
3. The board provides friends and family a direct line of contact for emergencies.
4. Boards are there to financially, spiritually, and emotionally support those who are on the mission field.
Once I have finalized my partnership with the mission board, I’ll be sending out letters to ask for prayer and financial support. This is also when I’ll be contacting churches to share the ministry with them. Please keep me in your prayers. I know God is all-powerful, but I won’t pretend like I’m not a little nervous about my small time frame for raising support.
If you’d be interested in keeping updated via email and/or snail mail, please send me your information!