When I found out that I had the amazing opportunity to travel to Honduras to love on some of the poorest people in the world (and share with them the gospel, which can make them more rich than any possession on earth!), I decided to write a letter to my friends and family to share a little of my story, as well as open the opportunity to allow them to join my story through prayer and financial support. It’s been amazing so far to see the body of believers come together to support this call to share Christ with all nations. When I go, it will be like I’m taking with me everyone who has offered their support. That’s why I love sharing about it. Sharing my joy grows my joy when I see it reflected back through others.
It has also fostered what I believe to be a healthy responsibility as well as providing many people to hold me accountable. I like being able to be completely open about my desires, the finances required, and how much God has blessed me through others in order to make this mission possible.
If you read the post I wrote on my birthday, you already know how much I’ve been blessed financially for this mission. When I found out about Honduras, I was actually already filling out paperwork in order to go to Haiti… and that trip is still in the works (if everything works out, I will be going the week before Thanksgiving). Haiti will be about twice as expensive as Honduras, and, as I mentioned in the letter, anything received now that is above and beyond what I need to make it to Honduras will be used to assist in the expenses to reach the people of Haiti.
With that said, I will hush now so that you can read about God’s call on my life to serve people in other nations as well as how you can be involved! 🙂
“Missions is not the ultimate goal of the Church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man.” – John Piper
Dear friends and family,
I hope this letter finds you doing well and living out God’s purpose for your life! I am writing with the intent to share with you some updates in my life with hopes that you will become a part of the exciting things occurring! Isn’t it amazing how God can take a life turned upside down and bring such beautiful things from the wreckage?
Wrigley and I moved to our new home in Frankfort in March. I owe many thanks to my mom and dad for taking us in for half of a year! (I’m not sure who was more crazy afterward!) I am currently working nearly full-time hours at Frankfort Regional Medical Center’s Rehab Center, where I treat children with disabilities on an outpatient basis. The rest of my time is filled working for First Steps, a program that allows me to drive to homes in the area to provide therapy services for babies birth – 3 years old. Needless to say, I am very busy, but my work is fulfilling and I absolutely love what I do.
Many of you who know me well are aware of my passion for children. My passion for children continually grows, especially for orphans. I am sure that adoption will be part of my future. My heart for orphans, however, is greater than only the desire to become a mother to one (or more) someday. When the earthquake hit Haiti on January 12th, 2010, something changed in me. I absolutely longed to go. So many people lost their lives without knowing Christ. Since then, I have experienced God’s pull on my heart to grow me and to prepare me to obey His command to share with the world the good news of Jesus Christ. One of the last things Jesus said to His disciples before He offered himself as a sacrifice for the atonement of all the sins of all people who would ever live was,
“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Realizing my life’s passion in combination with God’s command to “make disciples of all nations” has given me so much peace about God’s purpose for me. Not that He needs me. “God is not served by human hands as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all men life and breath and everything.” (Acts 17:25). But He has commanded that we go. It is out of my love for who Jesus is that I want to share Him with “all nations” that they might be saved and praise His name as well. “Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” (Psalm 96:3). There are millions of spiritual “orphans” who are in need of a heavenly Father.
I have been asked to join a team of missionaries to travel to Honduras next month to share the gospel. We will be providing medical clinics and caring for orphans in San Pedro Sula from July 24th -31st. I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to use my clinical knowledge and skills for Christ in this capacity. The cost of the trip totals $1250, plus extra expenses such as medical (to cover necessary vaccinations) and supplies. I am prepared to pay for the mission myself, however, want to extend the invitation to my family and friends to join this cause in prayer and/or financial support. The deadline for the first installment to cover my trip has already passed because of my late addition to the team. The final installment is due on July 18th, just before we leave. God willing more than enough is provided to cover expenses, I am also preparing for a mission to Haiti this fall, and any support above what is needed to travel to Honduras will be used for the Haiti mission.
Thank you so much for allowing me to update you on my life and how God has been working! It is a very exciting time for me and I pray that you will become a part of His movement to make His name known among all nations! Afterall, Christ himself said that “the gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come!” (Matthew 24:14). We long for Christ’s return, so let’s get to work!
In His name,
For safety and security purposes, I am not including my personal address or telephone number on the website (as originally listed on this letter). If you feel God leading you to assist in this mission or the mission to Haiti, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will send you further information.
If you don’t feel that financial assistance is what God is leading you to provide, your support through emails, texts, phone calls truly mean so much! Like I said, seeing the joy bounced back is amazing.
Please be praying that lives will be changed and souls saved as we work in Honduras for the advancement of God’s kingdom, and that the hearts of the missionaries will forever be changed as well. I don’t want to return unchanged or unmoved but with a new perspective and with a heart full of compassion that breaks for anyone who doesn’t know Christ!
Thank you so much for your support! Love you all!