Updated posted by Laci Renee Carnes 4 days ago
Last week I went to an...
Last week I went to an ATM to get grocery money and upon seeing the balance I decided to go home instead.
Almost $500 was sent in response. Please keep reading.
While that is amazing $500 will not allow me to stay in Ireland for my full term. I crunched some numbers and in order for me to find it logical to stay on this mission and actually manage to survive we need to raise $4,000 in a month.
This will not be enough for the entire trip but it will be enough to pay for my rent the entire time and have a little bit left over every month for some food.
That's a lot of money in a short amount of time. And unfortunately on my end it comes at a time of the year where budgets are tight what with Christmas presents to buy and higher electric bills from decorations and the usual expenses of the season.
So I'm asking if you can do one of two things. 1- if everyone donated $10 alone this goal would be passed! But if this is too great of an request then can you please reach out to your networks or friends, family, businesses and churches about possibly giving to a direct need this year.
There is a great possibility that lack of financial support will cause me to terminate this trip of seeking justice in the world much earlier than expected. That being said, please know that any money raised towards the $4000 from this point in will be returned if the goal is not in fact met by January 13th.
So the goal is set.
$4000 by January 13th is what it's going to take to continue my work against violent injustice brought upon the poorest people in the neediest areas of the world. Helping me isn't just helping Laci... We'll never know the lives that your donations will help to change. Thank your consideration during this season.
Updated posted by Laci Renee Carnes 9 days ago
So incredibly thankful for the unexpected...
Updated posted by Laci Renee Carnes 1 month ago
I wanted to take a moment...
I wanted to take a moment and give you an update: a small look into what has already been funded thanks to the generosity of giving hearts!
I spent a week in Washington, DC going through intense training on what kind of work International Justice Mission does: Protecting the poor from violence by rescuing victims, bringing the criminals to justice, restoring survivors to safety and strength, and helping local law enforcement build a safe future that lasts.
I received job specific training of community mobilization efforts, child protection policies, and casework processes to name a few. I watched undercover footage of a brothel that sold children as young as five years old. I was assigned simulated tasks in a casework exercise where I excelled among my team members.
I have flown to Belfast, Northern Ireland.
I started work in the IJM office the day after arrival and been trained in databases, programs, and policies. I have been in meetings with major organizations in the area and I have already spoken at a church meeting for young girls. I have give seminars at Universities and spoken on a panel of experts on the topic of human trafficking.
I have flown to Colchester, England for a two day meeting with IJM UK headquarters where I received more I.T. training and encouragement.
That sums up the basics of things as they relate to work. But on a more personal note:
I was able to purchase basic necessities and warm clothes. I have now even established a local phone number.
I am able to buy food.
I can go further through town by being able to purchase bus tickets.
I have been able to pay for three months of rent in advance as well as my deposit. I must say it is perfect little room just 7 minutes from my office.
And thanks to these financial gifts… I have found a purpose greater than myself.
I have opened up my window to the sound of church bells. I have breathed in fresh air of a once foreign country that I now call home. I have awakened a part of my spirit that has lain dormant. I have gotten to know amazing souls. I have had “Happy Birthday” sung to me by 53 young girls learning about injustice in the world.
I have not only lived a dream of being in Ireland but have reached a dream of being a member of IJM’s selective team; a dream that has been almost a decade in the making.
And the best part of this opportunity... is that the work that I am doing actually does mean something. I have to be more determined and care about the results more than the predators for is truly a matter of life or death for some of the victims. Our vision is to rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible. And because of the financial support of others, I am able to be a part of that vision.
Thank you for your support, prayers and encouragement; of not only believing in a cause such as this but for believing in me as well.
My words will never be able to reflect the appreciation and gratitude of my heart.
Created by Laci Renee Carnes on July 8, 2013
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Laci have you thought about skipping the presents, decorations and using the flight back for Christmas to use towards your needs? I'm sure whoever donated the plane tickets would understand that is about a quarter of your goal? I have some sweaters you can borrow for winter if you need to.
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