I have some really exciting news I’d like to share with you, today, in conjunction with my previous post, Yes I’m Calling You Out, in which I described how all of us as Christians are called to spread the good news of the gospel to everyone using the unique set of spiritual gifts each of us is given.
Remember when I told you guys about the Urbana trip that I went on back around New Year’s? This was a conference specifically geared toward leading college-age people across America to their calling of missions. I had gone to this conference with a group of students from Dallas Christian College per the suggestion of their professor, who happened to be a family friend. At a wedding back in September of 2012, I had discussed with him my growing desire to do cross cultural missions – particularly involving service. He had suggested that go to this conference, and I decided that I definitely needed to go if I was to follow God’s plan for me.
While I was there, I made several friends and had some wonderful experiences you can read about here. Throughout the conference, I talked with various mission organizations from around the world. Upon getting home, I stayed in touch with several of these organizations and prayerfully considered which one God had in store for me.
After several months of filling out applications and praying, I have been accepted into the Journey Corps program of an organization called WorldVenture! (And no, it’s not the WorldVentures scam). They were actually the first organization I talked to at the conference, and although they weren’t my first choice going into the conference, after talking to them, I realized that I liked their Journey Corps program a lot.
WorldVenture is a Christian mission organization that sponsors and helps support missionaries all across the globe. They’re main purpose is to use all sorts of different people for the advancement of the gospel. The missionaries in their organization come from all kinds of different backgrounds with an abundant variety of spiritual gifts and skill sets. You can read more about them here if you like.
Their Journey Corps program is geared in the same way, but toward people who are recently discovering their calling as cross-cultural missionaries. I feel that this is exactly where I need to be, since I know my spiritual gift of service and my calling for cross-cultural ministry, but I am still trying to find exactly where God wants me to be for my life. After a lot of prayer, I found that this was where God feels I should be too. 🙂
So needless to say, I’m pretty excited for the upcoming months. Next week, I fly out to WorldVenture’s local headquarters to meet my team and begin training. At the end of May, I will be heading with a group of school friends to Honduras for one final trip (or so I think 😉 ), and will be building on schools there for a week. Then I will be spending the rest of the summer raising support for my Journey Corps trip to the Ivory Coast in September! I will be there for a whole year.
Now this is where I could use a lot of help. There is a lot to be done between now and September – Visas, physicals, paperwork, budget reviews, inoculations, and most importantly the 21,000-dollar cost of living there for a year. I need your help in two ways. First and most importantly, I need prayer – for perseverance, for spiritual strength, and for the funding to all be committed by mid-August. This is very important as I am feeling a bit overwhelmed right now, especially spiritually. So please be in prayer for me.
This leads me to my other need – funding. I can’t raise this money alone. I need your help. I am currently working on setting up a donation page through WorldVenture where you can donate directly to my ministry in the organization. But that isn’t up and running yet, and won’t be for another two weeks. In the meantime, I would really appreciate it if you would pray about your role in this ministry. Remember when I quoted Romans 12:6-8 concerning our various spiritual gifts? One of them said “if it is giving, then give generously.” Now I’m not using this as propaganda for you to hand me a thousand bucks. No, I say this to point out that giving to missionaries is part of YOUR ministry as a servant of God using His gifts granted to you, whether you are funding me or someone else. In the same respect, this gift does not fall upon everyone – I felt I should point that out as well.
So for right now, I really need you to pray for strength and support for me and pray about how much, if any, you might be willing to give toward my funding this trip. These gifts can be given on a monthly basis, too. I did the calculations and found that if I can get just 17 people to commit to funding $100 monthly (that’s for 14 months), I will be able to afford my trip including the flights there and back. So please be in prayer and please spread the word! Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any comments or questions. I love talking to people.
One final thing. I really want to thank you guys so much for supporting me in this blog. I know some of the things I say can be difficult to swallow, and some of the things I say can be downright incorrect. So I appreciate your support through the good and the bad of this blog. I promise to keep it up over the year that I am in Côte d’Ivoire. I hope that you all are well and that God is blessing you in your lives and in the lives of your families. I look forward to hearing from you guys and giving you updates in upcoming posts!