Tuesday, December 30, 2008
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Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
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.
“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
Sunday, November 23, 2008
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
"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.
"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
Monday, November 3, 2008
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
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!!
"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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
“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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Sunday, October 12, 2008
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 email@example.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
"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."