It is officially winter now. Most of the funding has come in for the next big Missionary adventure. All that is left now is for me to enjoy the last of my time at home before I take off for Manchester.
It's an interesting time. The holiday season is quickly approaching and when it ends, a new chapter begins for me. The campaigning and speaking and looking for other financial partners is almost at an finished completely. But the next stage is about to start.
I'm excited for what God is about to do in my life. Anticipation is building in earnest.
Lets do this.
As Summer Rolls By
Summer is in full swing and I am learning so many new things!
As of right now, I am about a third of the way there on my fundraising. I now need about $10,000 (give or take a couple hundred). I’ve spoken at two churches, a teen camp, and a missions convention.
The last time I campaigned for funds, I kept my efforts within the circle of people I knew or of people my family knew. I sent out an armful of letters and I spoke at my own home church and the money came in just in time. But this time around, with such a large amount needed, God has pushed me into the unfamiliar yet again.
I am not normally much of a talker - not in big groups and certainly not in front of congregations! I’m a media person. I stay behind the camera. I don’t speak.
Or rather, I didn’t speak.
Because God has had better plans, of course.
I have eight churches on my schedule right now (I hope that number grows as the summer goes on). And I’m finding that I actually have a message to preach! Or perhaps I should say that God has a message that he’s given to me.
He’s been gently leading me into this place of bold confidence in his words. I’m learning how to own that platform and speak to my family. Because I’m also learning that these other churches really are my family too. The church body is all interconnected and we sometimes forget that we’re all in this thing together. But now I’ve had the chance (and will continue to have the chance) to reach out to my family in the scattered regions of Ohio.
Something very special is developing in my heart a sweetness, a tenderness, a deeper love for my church family. My heart is glad and full. I am also feeling a new burden for my generation - the millennials. I think my mission might be developing into something that is not *just* media. And I’m not sure how yet, exactly, but I’m not afraid. I’m excited.
If you would like me to come and speak at your church, small group, or teen group, please send me an email! firstname.lastname@example.org
I would absolutely love to spend time with you! I have seven Sundays that I’d like to fill so please get a hold of me asap!
Here are my upcoming speaking dates (email me for service times): July 17 Shelby, OH July 31 Lakeview, OH August 10 Crestline, OH August 28 Eastlake - WIllowlake Sept 11 Cardington COTN Sept 18 Ashtabula, OH Oct 9 Medina COTN Oct 16 Gallion COTN
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