Outreach to Greece!

Hi everyone! 
I'm sure some of you have heard of YWAM before. But if you haven't, YWAM stands for "Youth With A Mission." Their purpose is to "know God and make Him known." The goal of the school is to deepen your relationship with God, and then launch you into ministry.  This process will take place in two sections. 
The first is the lecture phase where I will learning tons of content about the Word, the Holy Spirit, my unique identity in Christ, and who Jesus truly is. The second phase is the outreach phase. This is where I will be putting what I learned in the first three months of the school into practice. I could be sent to a country that could range from first to third world. We will be applying our newfound knowledge and working on spreading the gospel. 

The Lord had put Detroit on my heart ever since last summer when I went on a mission trip with my youth group. While I was there, I saw desolation and hurt. But I also saw a yearning for hope and love that was buried deep down. In October of 2016, I was messaged by an acquaintance (who is actually on staff at YWAM) with some info about the school and how she felt the Lord told her to message me.  After a couple of days of avoiding it, I finally clicked on the link and my heart was instantly drawn to this opportunity.  I had been praying for a next step and like always, the Lord is faithful and presented me with this next piece to the puzzle.

From working and saving up, I have about $3,000 to go towards this. The total cost of the school will be around $7,000. I need the entirety of my money by the end of December.  I'll be gone from September 6-March 15. 
Up until about a month before I leave, I'm going to continue working, and in the meantime, I'll be sending out support letters, and continue to build my savings. But I can't do this all on my own, which is why I'm reaching out. I would be incredibly honored if you would partner with me and help me move towards this next season that the Lord has for me. 
I understand that not everyone can donate, and that's totally fine! For those of you who can't, I would greatly appreciate your prayers as I prepare to leave to pursue this area of growth and ministry. For those of you who can donate, thank you! I'm going to throw out this super cheesy line, but every dollar legitimately counts and is extremely appreciated. 
I'm SUPER excited. This is like nothing I've done before. It's extremely intimidating going into something I've never done, but I'm earnestly anticipating what the Lord is going to do in me and through me. 

Thank you for taking the time to read this and to consider donating! Love you guys!  

If you want to learn more about YWAM Metro Detroit, click this link: http://www.ywammetrodetroit.com/
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