We want to share with you the exciting things that are happening in our lives! We have been incredibly blessed over the years in so many ways. We have also been through some very lean and challenging times as well. Regardless of the ups and downs, we have always been thankful to God for what we did have at the time and for our health, family and friends.
The last year and a half was very different for us as we lived and worked in Europe. This really gave us a fresh perspective on so many things. After being away so long and moving back to Sarasota, FL last July, we decided to take a road trip to see our family members in WI, CO, and KS.
This part of our story starts in January 2014 when our Son Trevor met his wife (Chanelle) on eHarmony. Chanelle is a very strong Christian and spent many years in the YWAM (Youth With a Mission) ministry. They were married only 10 months later. They are now raising two beautiful girls, Delilah and Leilani in Colorado Springs. They love God so much and we are so happy for them both.
It was through Chanelle’s encouragement and experience with YWAM that led our daughter Amber’s move to Kansas City in late 2014. Amber had just graduated from UNF in Jacksonville and was looking for a sports marketing job. She had an offer from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (her dream job) but passed on it so that she could attend a YWAM DTS (Discipleship Training School) in Kansas City. Well, that TOTALLY changed her life. She is now living 100% for God and sharing His love everywhere she goes. She is now serving in a volunteer leadership role at the YWAM base in Kansas City. We can’t wait to see the impact she will have on all those she is training. She is the happiest we have ever seen her, God really changed her.
Now this is where our part comes in. We have been praying really hard for God to reveal a detailed plan for us. We are now 50 and 47 with a lot of life and potential left in us. We want to spend the rest of our lives utilizing the unique talents that God has given us to do His work and to help people – in all sorts of ways. We are not 100% sure what that looks like yet but we know that God will reveal His plan when the time is right. We believe that it has something to do with combining business with a mission. God is moving a lot of people in this direction right now. It has been easy to figure out what WE wanted to do over the years but that was not always what God wanted us to do. We are in a season of change and really believe that God has a very special calling on our lives that will have a major impact on many thousands of people. We will do something bigger and better than anything previously. However, in order to do that, we need to be properly prepared and that process has just started.
When we were in Kansas City to visit Amber this past September, we had some very strong prophetic words given to us by 3 different people at 3 different times. The same words of course, from totally unrelated people. We were being led by God to attend our own YWAM DTS, something that we thought would be awesome to do but how could we possibly take the time to do it (It is a 5-month commitment) and how would we pay for it? The school is a 100% commitment and does not really allow the capacity to work. And to top it off, it was starting in 1 week – in Kona, Hawaii. How could we possibly do that? We were in Kansas City and still needed to drive to WI and then home to FL. We needed to get our 2 dogs taken care of and so many other things.
One thing we have learned, when God has a plan, things just come together. We didn’t even know if we could get into the school at such a late time. We called the people in charge and asked them if they were still accepting new students, they said yes but that the rooms were all booked up. We prayed that night and asked God to either open or close the doors needed to make it happen. If there were no rooms available, that would be a sign for us not to go. The next day, we received a call from the YWAM base and we were told that a couple had just cancelled that morning and that they now had a room for us.
That was it, we knew that we needed to make this happen. We drove back to WI to get our things and to say goodbye to our family and then drove 24 hours straight back to FL. We were less than 20 minutes out of Kansas City when our son Tyler messaged us and said that the house he was renting was being sold and he needed to move out by Oct. 1st (2 days after we needed to leave for Kona). Right before that, were just saying that we needed someone to watch the house and dogs while we were gone! Another coincidence? We unpacked, re-packed and then flew to Kona, HI two days later on September 29th. I had just enough Sky Miles to get us there without spending any money on the plane tickets.
To add more excitement, I received a phone call while on the layover in Atlanta (on our way to Kona) from the company I was consulting for (our main current income) and I was told that they didn’t need my services anymore and that they were ending my contract
– the exact day we were leaving. WOW, now that was more than a coincidence. Now we knew that we needed to have Faith like never before to make it all happen. We were committed.
We are now in Kona and need your help. We made this decision based on Faith that God would provide for us.
We are asking for you to pray and seek God’s wisdom on whether or not you feel led to help fund our mission. We really don’t want to put any pressure on you or anyone for that matter. We know that God has a plan and if you are in it, He will let you know.
We need to raise $19,100 in total. Any amount will help and will be greatly appreciated. We need the funds to pay for the classroom training and the outreach missions trip. - Fundraising Website: http://McCoolNews.com - Facebook Group Page for Updates: https://www.facebook.com/groups/McCoolNews
Any donation would be an incredible blessing and would be used 100% for spreading the Gospel to those who desperately need to hear it. It is very difficult for us to ask for money. Being successfully self-employed since the age of 20, we have grown to be very independent. God is really stretching us.
Please Pray for us as well, God hears you! These are some questions that always come to our minds. See if you can relate! - What is this life all about? - What are we all working so hard to accomplish? - What will it really all mean when we pass away? - What are we doing to make a spiritual impact on future generations? - What are we doing to help those in need? - andARE WE LIVING AND LOVING AS JESUS WOULD? This is all He asks of us and what we are led to do!
Think about this, if you found out that you only had 4 weeks to live, what would you spend your time doing? What would you really care about? This is how we want to think, and we want to do it all the time. Would you live or work any differently than you are now?
Someone we met in Kansas City recently said to us, “If you can see it with your eyes, it is temporary!”
How true is that?
Please see below for some detailed info and videos on YWAM and the Crossroads DTS we are doing.
Here is the website for the School:YWAM Crossroads DTS (Discipleship Training School) What is YWAM All About? Watch This (1:09 min):
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The Crossroads Discipleship Training School (CDTS) is especially designed for people who are 25 and older, who are seeking spiritual renewal, vision, or new direction. It’s a unique opportunity to know God more intimately, to increase in Godly character, and to become involved in missions. The CDTS course has a 12-week lecture phase followed by an 8-week International missions trip.
We will have teachings in the following areas: The Nature and Character of God, Hearing God’s Voice, Teaching and Ministry into areas of Past Experiences, Spiritual Warfare, Biblical Christian World View, The Kingdom of God, The Acts of the Holy Spirit, Nations and Cultures and Evangelism. Additionally, students meet in small groups and have one-to-one times with the school staff.2-Month Mission Trip
The 8-week outreach to the nations immediately follows the training time. It is designed to provide students with opportunities to use their professional abilities, natural talents and spiritual giftings as they live and minister in cross-cultural settings. The outreach is adapted to mature students and those with families.What is a DTS All About? Watch This (2:04 min):
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Thank you so much for taking the time to read all of this. We hope and pray that you will partner with us to make the world a better place by spreading God's Word to those in need from our backyards to the furthest corners of the earth.
Please let us know if you have any questions. In Love,Mark & Jeanine McCool - October 1, firstname.lastname@example.org@mccoolmail.com
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