Launch Aaron's Mission

$6,675 of $31,400 goal

Raised by 19 people in 33 months
Last week, I wound up in a psychiatric unit where I stayed for four days.

Let me back up.

After 15 years of ministry, I felt a little burned out when I returned to Missouri in October of 2015.  Since then, I have learned a lot about what I am not good at.  All the while (and long before), I tried to hide the fact that I struggled with major depression, anxiety, and even thoughts of suicide.  You see, I was always too ashamed to tell anyone that me, a pastor, needed help.  All of that came to a head one Saturday afternoon when my loving wife took me to the ER and they admitted me for a few days.

It was there that I learned that my mental health can be taken care of with the right medication and the right therapy.  I had some great talks with the staff pyschologist, nurses, general practitioner, and psychiatrist and came out with a great plan for my overall health.

So what now???

This has been a question that has plagued me for a year, but after several conversations with friends and family, I came up with a wild idea.

I want to write a book (another one).  This one will be non-fiction.  It will be the story of my struggles both with Kallmann's Syndrome and with Major Depressive Disorder.  I also want to talk to as many people as possible, because NOBODY should go along being ashamed of asking for help.  I was so ashamed for years that it almost killed me.

So here is my plan:

Over the next 6 months, I want to work full-time on this project by:
1)  Writing this book.
2) Increasing my public speaking schedule
3) Becoming certified through the John Maxwell team

After that, I will launch my dream of speaking on a national circuit and distributing my book with the hopes that many that remain silent about their struggles will get the help they need.

Here is the money I need for this project:
$21000  - allows me to make this a full time effort for the next 6 months
$5000 - To get all the John Maxwell curriculum that will teach me exactly how to launch a national speaking career
$1400 - To attend the mandatory conference in order to be certified by the Maxwell team.
$4000 - To buy up enough of the published books to take them on the road.

How soon do I need this money?
Ideally, I need to hit these milestones
By November -$8500
By December - $12000
By January - $15500
By February - $20400
By March - $31400

This is more than just me chasing a dream.  This is a chance to change hundreds if not thousands of lives.  I will be forever thankful (see Reward levels)

How do you know I will use this money appropriately?
I will post weekly updates so that you can see where I am on my training and my writing!

Chances are you know someone that struggles in silence with a mental disorder.  Your participation in this project is a chance to help them.
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Baggage Claim released today! If you donated $50 or more, you will receive a signed copy shortly after July 11.
If you donated $25 and received "Street Preacher," you can donate another $25 and I'll send you a signed copy of Baggage Claim!
Of course, you can order copies for less on Amazon (and I don't mind if you do) but by ordering signed copies, you help me spread the word to others!
Thank you for your support and please be sure to review the book on Amazon, Goodreads, and anywhere else!
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A rough draft of the book "Baggage Claim" is complete! I have a lot of work to do, but that is a huge milestone. Another milestone in this project is certification with the John Maxwell Team. The certification event is in march and I need $2500 more to cover the trip, fees, and the remaining tuition. Spread the word! This project is coming into focus!
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I have made a lot of headway on the rough draft of the book. I'm also just two months away from completing the certification process with the John Maxwell Team. BUT I NEED YOUR HELP! I need to come up with about $2500 in order to complete the process with the John Maxwell Team.
The goal here is to tell my story to as many people as possible. Why? Because every time I tell my story, I meet someone that tells me that they are getting the help they need because they heard me talk about it first. So chip in a lot or a little and let's get this done!
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You may have heard that I am beginning a new job. While that is really exciting, I am still committed to bringing mental health awareness to people and churches as well as promoting overall health for those in ministry. So I still need your help!!! The John Maxwell live certification event is in March and it costs a bit to make the trip. (see my last update for why this is important.) Ideally, we need to get this fund up to 12,000 by the end of March. Can you help? There are some great rewards which are a great way to get a copy of my novel (signed!) and the upcoming book. Spread the word and let's change people's lives!
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Raised by 19 people in 33 months
Created October 11, 2016
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Carolyn Wright
31 months ago

Praying for your continued progress in this endeavor!

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Peyton Arnold
31 months ago

We love you so much! and are so proud of the positive steps that you are making. We are so excited to see what God has in store for you and the whole family!

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