"Where to begin...
I have been blessed to have gone on 5 mission trips. The first three in Nairobi, Kenya and the last split between Nairobi, Kenya and Gulu, Uganda as well as one in Oklahoma, after the detrimental tornadoes, in order to help feed and counsel the families. In Africa, I have had the honor of helping lead teams, run VBS, and the priveledge of counseling and speaking to girls on rape, abuse and self worth.
After my last trip, I knew that God wanted me to finish my degree in order to be more competent in my prayerful future career. Within a month, I found out I got accepted to trasfer and moved from southern California to Seattle Pacific University to finish and obtain a double major in Psychology and Communications to be able to counsel, speak on behalf and work towards the rescuing and restoration of sex trafficking victims.
I went from working two jobs, going to school, volunteering at my church and a recovery center to being a full time student while teaching dance part time in a new city. I had completely forgotten that I had inquired about an internship in Thailand to work specifically with the restoration and rescuing of trafficked women and children untill months later, that they replied. I prayed and took my interview and a couple hours later I found out that they offered me the position.
I was wondering what God was wanting me to do; To be obedient in turning down the offers and going home to work during the summer or to not question and try to fundraise quickly in order to go forward with these offers. It was then, that I got an email from a girl I didnt know. She explained that she has been following my journey and as a girl adopted from thailand, she wanted to know that if I needed a sign to pursue...her story would be it. Then, a man messaged me sharing his daughters horror story and although the man who assaulted her is in jail, he encouraged me to crusade on and keep doing my work no matter what.
I have always been able to work multiple jobs to help fund my trips as well as have been BLESSED by many supporters. Within this mission, I do have to rely more of donations due to being a full time student in a new city and will have to pay a two months rent while I am in Thailand to be able to secure my home situation for fall along with purchasing books and starting. I give everything to the Lord and know that if He wants me to be there, I will."
To see what I have been up to go to www.undaunteddarling.com
I feel it necesarry,due to some unexpected finances to give a breakdown of my financial situation for those of you who have blessed me so much with financial and prayerful support as well as those considering donating to my cause!!
Some of the funds went towards specific itemsr the trip such as toiletries, food, required books and safety items, etc
A place to sleep here in Thailand= $600+
Plane ticket a little over =$2300
*unfortunately, the w7ork and reason I was suppose to be stopping through Australia for was unexpectedly dropped, therefore i needed to provide transportation and food on my layover to here = $100+ and will need a place to stay and food transportation on my way back unless I can find a way to change my flight= $?*
I still am going to need to pay a month and a half of rent while I am here which comes to= $700 plus some change for utilities
How finances work here in Thailand each day (here 90 days)
Transportation to and from work and outreaches, etc = $6-/+ a day
Food/water (you have to buy bottled water everyday) each day = $12-/+
Outreach to red light district in Bangkok each time- Bus=$8 Train while there= $3 -/+ a day Hostel= $15
Bar outreaches= -/+ $10 (you buy yourself a drink (non alcoholoic) and offer the girls a drink if felt led to buy them one. (This allows for us to spend time with them and build relationhips along with offering to do hair and make up)
***if you would like to donate an item rather than funds, we are in need of nail polish, hair accessories as well as make up to continue this connection with our beautiful girls in the bars and brothels***
Unexpected baggage issue from Australia to Thailand= $400 (leaving everything here and praying that it does not occur on my way back by any means)
Donation to other peoples mission trips each month= $100
GO fund me also takes a couple hundred from the total amount
As well as prayer for a job as soon as I drive back up to washington so I can pay for gas and books!
This is rare situation as I usually have multiple jobs and am not in this perdicument. I want people to know what they are giving to and be transparent about my finances. It gives me anxiety and literally pains me to be asking for funds so please visit my blog and facebook/ instagram to see what work is being done and what this money is going towards!
- Gry Jeanett Apeland
Kaylie Renee Wilson