Tuesday, December 30, 2008

China here we come!!

So last night Chrissy and I booked our flights to China!!!  We will both be leaving for Newark international airport on March 4th.  We will then stay in a hotel for the night and then depart from Newark at 12:15 on March 5th and arrive in Beijing on March 6th at 3:00pm.  It was very exciting and also very emotional.  It was a big step in the journey we are on.  It's beginning to feel more like a reality instead of a dream!!  We still have a long way to go financially, spiritually, and mentally but I know God is working and will continue to provide for our needs!!!  AnywayS, just wanted to let you all know what's up.  A more detailed update letter should be posted in the next day or so!!  

Talk to you soon,


JHart

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

Although part of my family was sick and in bed all day, we managed to celebrate my favorite holiday of the year.  Christmas is an awesome day that I believe should be celebrated with Joy as we visit with family, eat yummy food, and laugh as we remember Jesus' birth and how he became a man to die on the cross to cover us from sin.  Although I was able to experience all of these wonderful things throughout the day, I couldn't help but remember the orphans, widows, poor, and the hungry around the world.  What about all of the children without families who are starving on the side of the street in Ethiopia, China, Vietnam, and even in Florida?  What about all of the people around the world who do not know Jesus? I'm not here to give you answers or come up with the perfect resolution!  I don't have them.  The only thing I know is that I am a follower of the only true God who is in control of this world!!  And I have been commanded to bring His name to all nations, to defend the fatherless, and to be His hands and feet to those in need.  I can't help but think that I am the most inadequate person to play a part in such a huge task!!  There are many of you that agree or maybe you might even disagree but I am here to tell you that I can hardly remember where I last put my keys :)!!  Although I am inadequate I must also remember that through Him I am the farthest from it!

Matthew 28: 17-20

17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

As we celebrate Christmas and the birth of Jesus I pray that we would also remember the life that he lived as he cared for the poor, the hungry, the widow, and the fatherless!

Merry Christmas!! :)


Julee 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Children

Hey everyone,

As I was reading and studying some scripture today I came across a pretty familiar verse.  It's one that has recently become a big part of my life because it talks about Jesus and children.  Since I work with children now and have a passion for orphans I have been looking over this verse a lot lately.  What I didn't realize was that this same truth was written almost identically in two other passages as Matthew, Mark, and Luke reflect on what seems to be the same or similar occasions.   What a privilege I have been given to have the opportunity to welcome Jesus daily and to be able to continue this work as I move to China and serve His precious children in China.  

Matthew 18:5 

"And whoever receives one such child in My name receives Me;

Mark 9:37

"Whoever receives one child like this in My name receives Me; and whoever receives Me does not receive Me, but Him who sent Me."

Luke 9:48

"Whoever receives this child in My name receives Me, and whoever receives Me  receives Him who sent Me; for the one who is least among all of you, this is the one who is great."  


Later,

Jules 

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Quick Financial update!

Hey everyone,

So I continue to be super busy, so I apologize for the lack of update!!!  

I have now raised approximately 7,300 in pledges and donations!!  This means I need to raise an additional 5,000 in order to make the move to Luoyang.  I will be hosting a big yard sale sometime in January and I am also scheduled to speak at my church.  Please continue to pray for our team and the children as our departure is now approximately 80 days away!!!  Thank you for your prayers and support!!   

Julee

Saturday, November 29, 2008

China Update!!

Dear family and friends,

 

A lot has happened in the last couple months.  The Lord continues to bless me financially and spiritually through your prayers and support.  Several changes have occurred with my opportunity to serve orphans in Luoyang China.  Our departure date has been pushed back several weeks due to delays in building construction.  However we will be leaving no later than the first week of March.  Our living situation has also changed as we may now be living in the orphanage as opposed to an apartment near the orphanage.  This decision could change after we arrive in China but does not affect the amount of money I will need to raise or the dynamics of how we will minister to the children.  In other words the only people who will be affected by this is my roommate Chrissy and I.  Fundraising hit off well as I have received approximately $6,400 in pledges and donations.  It truly has been a blessing watching God work as He continues to provide.  I will need to raise an additional $6,000-$7,000 more depending on the cost of airfare.  In order to do this I will be having a garage sale in January as well as sending out more letters and presenting this opportunity to my home church.  Again I would like to thank everyone for your prayers and support.  Please continue to pray for our team and the children we will be working with. 


In Christ, 

Julee

 

Ephesians 3:20-21

 

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I am blessed!

Hey everyone, 
So lately I have been thinking about my life and how blessed I am.  I have been given the greatest gift known to mankind.  That is the gift of salvation and life!  I have been bought by the precious blood of Christ that was shed on the cross to take my sin away!  I know it sounds cliche for me to be talking about this during this time of year but truly, John 15:13 "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends."  I am on a journey where I have been given the opportunity to experience the greatest love in existence!  A love that has demonstrated the greatest sacrifice, "death".  He has given us the perfect description of how we are to love other people.  The second part of this gift is "life".  After the precious blood of Jesus was spilled to cover my sin, he rose again three days later to conquer death and overcome the world! John 16:33 I have told you this so that through me you may have peace. In the world you will have trouble, but be courageous-I have overcome the world!"  

I pray that no matter how God chooses to bless me I will give thanks to Him with gratitude!!!

Happy thanksgiving!

In Christ,

JHart

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Nashville/Mestas Craziness

Hey everyone,

Time continues to fly as my life has been all about travel lately. Lets slow down so I can explain the events of the last week and a half. I flew into Raleigh/Durham on Nov. 13th, I then got into a van full with of Mestas Craziness!! For those of you who don't already know, this summer when I went to China with ShowHope '08 and I met an amazing friend named Ellie! She happens to be part of an awesome family of ten. Mama and papa Mestas, there three biological children, Melissa, Jonathan, Ellie, along with the twins, James(5) and Jeremiah(5) who were adopted domestically through the state of North Carolina, followed by Josiah(4), and his baby twin sisters Keren(18mths), and Keziah(18 mths) who were adopted from Ethiopia about a year ago. If you do the math that makes a total of 10 members with 5 of them being under the age of 5!!! It was awesome!!! Anyways, we headed to Nashville where we would then attend the Shoahannah's Hope Fundraiser. Ellie's parents were invited to share their testimony about there adoption experience and how God has led them down the road to adopt. Ellie and I stayed with our friend Catherine and about 6 other girls all whom we met on our summer trip to China. It was a blast. We had a lot of fun as we set up and ran odd jobs in order to help prepare for the event on Saturday!! It was an amazing weekend of tears, laughter, heartache, and joy as we heard from numerous different speakers, including Mary Beth and Emily Chapman. After the weekend was over we loaded up the van and made our trek back to Wake Forest where Ellie's family lives. I spent a week with them as I learned more about who there family was and ultimately about who there family serves. I fell in love with their story and their hearts as they shared their experiences with me. It was amazing to hear how God has continued to provide for them as they continue to care for the orphan. One verse stands out when I think of the Mestas family

Matthew25:40
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

The Mestas family is protecting and providing for these children once called orphans of this world. What an amazing blessing to have been given the opportunity to care for Jesus through the orphan. Whats even cooler is that he gives every single one of us that same opportunity. By joining the fight to care for orphans we are serving the very heart of Jesus as he clearly mentions in numerous passages throughout his word. Join me and this amazing family has we strive to serve Jesus and care for the orphan. If you would like more information about how to do this or would like to read more about the Mestas family and there amazing journey check out the links below.

http://members.shaohannahshope.org/site/PageServer
http://www.jobsdaughters.blogspot.com/


In Christ,


JHart!!


James 1:27

"Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

3 Months away

Hey everyone,

So, we are down to approximately 3 months until Chrissy and I head off to China!!!  Crazy, I know.  Anyways I just wanted to bring you guys a little update.  We are looking at buying plane tickets soon for sometime during the third week in February.  This will hopefully give us a week or two to settle into our living environment and help us to become comfortable with our surroundings before we start working with the kids on a daily basis.  We are still making decisions on many aspects involving details but we are confident that God will continue to open doors and guide us in making decisions.  With the holidays coming quickly it feels like this move is right around the corner.  Fundraising hit off well and I believe that God will continue to provide for us and our financial needs.  I need another $8,500 to help make this move possible!  Please continue to pray for us as we make important decisions.  Thanks!!

Julee  

Monday, November 3, 2008

Short and Sweet

Hey everyone,

Im just asking now for prayer.  As I have mentioned before, preparing to make this commitment and move is testing me in every way.  I also ask that you would be with Mikey (my partner).  He just recently made the move to Luoyang to get things rolling and to be closer to the orphanage. Anyways, Im asking that you would continue to pray for him as he is coping with language barriers.  It is very difficult to build relationships and maintain relationships with the children due to the language barriers.  I pray that he would not get overwhelmed or frustrated and that he would make progress daily.  Thanks to all of our supporters.  It truly is a blessing to know that we have such awesome support from our friends and family.  

Through Him,

We'll talk later,

JHart

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Craziness!!!

Hey everyone,

So its been kinda crazy around my house lately.  First off Im trying to balance like 5 different jobs because I'm working as much as possible trying to save money for China.  Trying to learn guitar!!  Along with that my new nephew Jacob was born about three weeks ago and Im flying to Texas in two weeks to visit him.  Two days after I get back from Texas I am leaving for Raleigh/Nashville where I will be visiting with friends and then working at a Shoahannah's Hope banquet/fundraiser.  Then the Holidays will be around the corner. My other nephew Parker ( 8 1/2 months) and my brother and sister-in-law live here, which is a ton of fun, but still kind of hectic. :)  And on top of all that I am fundraising for China, which feels like it is coming very quick, only  3 months away!!! 

Phew, I think thats just about everything that is and will be going on within the next couple months!!!!

Away from all the busyness though, this past couple weeks has truly been an emotional roller-coaster as I have been dealing/struggling with happy, sad, excited, scared, and overwhelming issues and emotions dealing with my move to China.  And in my weakness He has been strong and He has  continued to open doors leading me to continue my journey down this path.  Again thanks to everyone who has and continues to support and pray for us as we prepare to make this move.

Through Him,

JHart

Peace out!!

*Fundraising Update

I have received over 5,000 dollars in checks and/or monthly commitments so far!!!
However due to certain expenses that have recently increased I still need about 28 monthly supporters of $25 dollars a month and/or about $8,500!!!

I Corinthians 12: 9-10 ESV

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then,  I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


 

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Fundraising!!!

Hey everyone,

Wow, this week has been amazing!!  Its been really awesome watching God work. I have received over $3000 dollars towards my move to China.  I am so blessed to have such amazing support from family and friends!!!  I need to raise approximately $9000 dollars or about 29 more monthly supporters of $25 a month!!!  Please continue to pray for our team and of course the children!!!  Thanks for your support!!!  

through Him,

Jhart

Sunday, October 19, 2008

The countdown is on!

Hey everyone,
So in order to make my move possible I need 30 people to support me for $25 a month! Well I have received my first committment of $25 a month. That means I only need 29 more people to go!! The countdown is on!!


In Christ,

JHart


James 1:27
"Religion that God our father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being pollutted by the world."

Friday, October 17, 2008

Hey everyone,

Well this is going to be short and sweet because quite frankly, I'm exhausted!!  Well anyways I wanted to let all of you know that I received my first response from my support letter.  I was really excited about this because It gave me some encouragement that things are heading in the right direction.  Im going to ask all of you to lift my team up in prayer as preparing to make this transition seems to be harder than we expected emotionally, spiritually, and mentally!  Thank you for everything!!

Dear family and friends,

 

            As you may already know I recently had the opportunity to spend two weeks serving and playing with orphans in China.  It was a life changing experience and I want to thank all of you who had a hand in supporting me.  While in China I began to feel a desire and a calling to care for these children on a more long-term basis.  The Lord has continued to open doors, guiding me to make the decision to return to China this coming February.  And so, I want to take this opportunity to once again ask you for your support.

            I have been given the opportunity to work through a new ministry, The China Home Foundation, with three former team members from my summer trip, Mikey, Michael, and Chrissy; we will be working at a government orphanage in the city of Luoyang, which is located in the Hennan province approximately 416 miles south southwest of Beijing.  The government has given us the fifth story of the orphanage to convert into a life skills center for orphans ages 8-18.

I will be living with my roommate Chrissy in a small two-bedroom apartment within walking distance of the orphanage.  Throughout the week, after school, and on weekends we will provide the children with a number of activities: crafts; homework help; English, computer and cooking classes; a book and a game center; and many others. While the children are at school, Chrissy and I will be in charge of communicating with potential adoptive parents, finding sponsors for the children, and putting together a pen-pal program.  We will also take language classes three to five times a week to help us better communicate with the children. 

            To make all of these efforts possible, I will need to raise $12,000 for the year, which will help pay for plane tickets, health insurance, housing, food, personal expenses, transportation, and language classes.  If you feel led to support me please check one or more of the following options and return the bottom of this letter to the address on the envelope. Due to the newness of this ministry we are not able to raise support through this organization.  Therefore all donations will not be tax-deductible.   






            I ask that you please continue to pray for our team, The China Home Foundation, the children, the director of the orphanage, and all involved in this new ministry as we strive to serve the Lord by caring for orphans in China. If you would like to receive further information please feel free to e-mail me at juleehartmeyer@hotmail.com.  I also encourage you to provide your e-mail address in the space provided; I would love to keep you posted with new information, financial support, and personal updates leading up to and during my time in China.

 


Ephesians 3:20

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power at work within us.”

 

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                        Name_________________________________________________

                       

                        25$ (per month)    _______

                       

                        50$ (per month)    _______ 

                       

                        Other (per month) _______

 

                        One time amount  _______

 

                        Pen-pal program   _______

 

                        E-mail address     ________________________________________

 

 

 

 

*All checks should be made payable to Julee Hartmeyer and sent to the following address.             

 

 

 

4111 36th St. W.

Bradenton, Fl 34205

 


Sunday, October 12, 2008

Fundraising!

Hey everyone,

Well the time has come to start raising support!! Ill start by explaining what exactly is going to be happening.

I am moving to China this coming February to work with orphans. Me and my three former teamates from my previous trip to China are going to be running and working a life skills/ development center on the fifth story of a government orphanage. We will be offering them cooking, English, art, music and various other classes and activities that will help prepare them for their future. I will be living in a two bedroom apartment with my partner and friend Chrissy. While the kids are at school we will be taking mandarin language classes, corresponding with potential adoptive parents and putting together a pen-pal sponsorship program! As you can see we will be very busy!! In order to make this possible I am going to need to raise 12,000 which will pay for plane tickets, food, health insurance, personal expenses, language classes, transportation, etc. We will be working with a new ministry, The China Home Foundation. Unfortunately due to the newness of this ministry we will be unable to raise funds through them, meaning donations will not be tax deductible. If you are interested in further information or would like to donate please e-mail me at juleehartmeyer@hotmail.com. I ask that you would continue to pray for our team, the children, and all who will be involved in this ministry. Thank you for your support

Julee Hartmeyer

James 1:27

"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this; to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep onself from being pollutted by the world."

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Exciting news!

Hey everyone,

So its been a while!!  Sorry but I've been waiting to hear back from my partners in China.  Well this past week I received word that we have officially gotten the okay to work with this orphanage in Luoyang.  Although I do not have specific information I am very excited to see how God is working through this process.  I will be speaking with Mikey and Michael (my partners in China) within the next couple of days over the phone to smooth out details which should allow me to start fundraising within the next week.  As soon I receive more information I will update you guys on exactly what will be happening within the next coming months.  

Talk to you soon, 

JHart

I John 4:19: "We love because he first loved us"

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Still waiting!

Hey everyone,  still waiting for an e-mail from Mikey.  He is one of the guys that I will hopefully be working with after I make the move to Luoyang, China.  He is currently waiting to here back from the director of the orphanage that I will be staying at God willing, if its okay to have so many foreigners working there.  Im asking that you join me in prayer as I await this decision.  Im praying that they would see it as a blessing to have us all there trying to make a difference rather than seeing us as a burden.  Once I hear from Mikey I will be able to provide further information about what I will be doing in China.  Thanks for your patience!

Talk to you soon,

 JHart    

Friday, August 15, 2008

Spreading the word...

So, I know that not too many people know about my blog yet so its kinda strange writing this because I feel like Im talking to myself, or should I say writing to myself!!  Anyways, now that I have become more familiar with the blogging process I am going to keep this updated and try to write at least once a week.  As many of you may already know, Im moving to China in January to work with orphaned children!  I have started this blog because I want to be able to keep everyone updated in the months prior to moving as I prepare mentally and spiritually and also begin my fundraising that will help make this move possible!  I will officially launch my fundraising in the next couple of days, and I will post the letter that I will be sending out on my blog as soon as I finish writing it!  

Be back soon, 

Julee

Pr. 13:10
Pride only breeds quarrels, but wisdom is found in those who take advise. 

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Orientation

Just testing the waters in the new ocean of Blog!!