family, friends and supporters,
are very excited to finally unveil our newest adventure. And it's a
big one! Who would have thought that Tabitha would go all the way to
China, meet a Dutch hunk, and bring him back to Portland with a
wedding in mind?
the last 8 months Tabitha has been volunteering at Bethel as a
pre-school teacher. Bethel provides foster care, education and
therapy to more than 65 blind orphans and is founded and ran by
Guillaume and Delphine Gauvain. Matt is Guillaume's right-hand man
in China and for the last two years has been in charge of making
Bethel bigger and better.
first met in the summer of 2011 when Tabitha and her friends toured
Bethel on a trip. Little did Matt know that the girl from Oregon who
correctly answered the question "Why are the Bethel classrooms
decorated and colorful?" would end up being his wife. When Tabitha
looked out the van window as they left Bethel, she thought, "Awe:
I hope God sends me a man like that someday!" Good for her that God
was paying attention that day because May 1st, 2013 we are going to
have a simple yet momentous wedding in Portland. After our honeymoon
we are moving to the Cebu, in the Philippines to join the Gauvains
and start a new Bethel branch. We are greatly looking forward to
settling down and starting our new home.
will be at least a 3 year adventure.
want to be open with you about our financial needs. The wedding in
Portland is only a part of the bigger financial picture. Between our
office at the Bethel orphanage and the arrivals gate in Cebu we
foresee the following main expenses.
tickets for the both of us:
Beijing "“ Amsterdam: 850 USD
Amsterdam "“ Portland: 1300 USD
Portland "“ Cebu: 1600 USD
Ceremony and reception: 1000 USD
Refreshments: 400 USD
Decorations: 250 USD
Dress & Suit: 600 USD
down in Cebu
Visa cost: 300 USD
1st Month rent & deposits: 500 USD
Furnishing: 450 USD
2nd Hand car: 700 USD
are our biggest but also most necessary expense. We believe it's just
as important to invest in our marriage and life in Cebu as it is to
save for our wedding in Portland.
you want to help support us, our wedding and our new project in the
Philippines we would very much appreciate it.