Tabi & Matt's Piggybank

Dear family, friends and supporters,

We 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?

For 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.

We 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. 

This will be at least a 3 year adventure.

We 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.

Plane tickets for the both of us:

·         Beijing "“ Amsterdam: 850 USD

·         Amsterdam "“ Portland: 1300 USD

·         Portland "“ Cebu: 1600 USD

Our wedding day:

·         Ceremony and reception: 1000 USD

·         Refreshments: 400 USD

·         Decorations: 250 USD

·         Dress & Suit: 600 USD

Settling down in Cebu

·         Visa cost: 300 USD

·         1st Month rent & deposits: 500 USD

·         Furnishing: 450 USD

·         2nd Hand car: 700 USD

Tickets 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.

If you want to help support us, our wedding and our new project in the Philippines we would very much appreciate it.

See you soon,

Matt & Tabitha


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Tabitha Sheeder 
Portland, OR
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