December 6, 2008
“For as heaven is higher than earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
God’s plan is certainly greater than ours. Some of you may remember that a year ago, I was looking to serve in Germany as a resident assistant with Black Forest Academy. For reasons unknown to me, I was turned down. But God has since opened a bigger door to me and shown me a bigger plan than I could ever have dreamed of. During the summer, two missionaries contacted me: one in Slovakia and one in Ireland. Though I was interested in both ministries, the opportunities in Ireland were similar to what I had sought to do in Germany. Since choosing to pursue the opportunity to minister in Ireland, I have seen more and more how God has placed the various ministries I will be involved in on my heart even while I was just starting college. I will now have a chance to add experience to the education I received at Liberty University.
On November 12, 2008, I was appointed as a short-term missionary to Ireland with Greater Europe Mission (GEM). Right now, I am planning on being in Ireland for one year. I will be working in a variety of areas including working with GEM’s missionary kids, known as GEM-K’s, the Irish youth, as well as doing some administrative work for GEM’s team of missionaries in Ireland. All of these job areas will begin to get clearer the closer I get to the field. I have no real picture of what I’ll be doing day to day yet, other than to do whatever will further God’s kingdom as it involves the Irish people.
I have set a personal goal to be in Dublin, Ireland by the middle of July. To reach that goal I have to raise full support before I am able to leave. Although it is still awaiting approval, I have been given an approximation of $5,415 for Ministry Launching Funds (getting to Ireland, getting settled wherever I will be living, and whatever needs I have during my first month in Ireland. Then my monthly support is estimated at $2,024. This all adds up to just under $30,000 that I will have to raise. I will need to have a portion of this money already in my account as well as faith promises that people will continue to give to support me each month while I am on the field.
I cannot meet this goal by myself. I need individuals who will be willing to partner in ministry with me in two ways: prayer and finances. Though I will have more prayer requests as I get closer to leaving, for now I ask that you pray that I balance my time between my own spiritual growth and getting ready for the field, my job, and my classes for my Master of Religious Education. To partner with me financially, I have enclosed a Ministry Response Card that shares the different ways that you can support me. When giving, please include my account number (#25800) on a separate piece of paper to comply with the IRS tax laws.
May God richly bless you!