Over the past several months I have had the opportunity to visit friends and family across the country and work along side mission outreaches in Puerto Rico and Germany. Having asked God to release me to travel this year, He has truly awakened a desire on my heart to see His body united and the world changed by the power of the Gospel!
I recently moved down to Jacksonville Beach, FL as a student in a Discipleship Training School (DTS) through Youth With A Mission (YWAM). This international, interdenominational mission organization is focused on inspiring, equipping, and sending missionaries to take the Gospel to the nations. The Jax Beach base specifically focuses on the "10/40" window. This is the area of the world with the greatest population of people that do not have access to the Gospel- Africa, Middle East, and Asia. The DTS consists of two "phases." I am currently in the first phase which is three months of classes, lectures, and local outreaches requiring 50-hours of work each week. The second phase is two months of work and outreach overseas! God put a desire on my heart to take the Gospel to China several years ago and has confirmed this desire through other people. Although I did not know prior to my arrival where the outreach phase would be, I was excited to find out that our team will be taking the Gospel to China and Taiwan. This is a huge opportunity to get my feet wet! However, for this to become reality I look forward to you partnering with me! It is through your generous gifts and prayers that God will bless you and me as we take the Gospel to those who have never heard!
YWAM is a completely volunteer, non-profit organization; so every person is required to raise his or her own funds. This depends greatly on the donations I receive from supporters. YWAM has estimated a total cost (per-person) which includes food, lodging, and airfare of $7000 and this covers all major expenses through February. It's been awesome to see how God has already provided the first $1000, however I still have $6000 to go. By your one time gift or monthly support we can in faith have this completely funded by December 19th! This is our official cut-off date to have funding in because our team will be in China and Taiwan the months of January and February!
-$2500 lecture phase (already met!) -$4500 outreach phase
Thank you all again so much for your support and prayers! I am so excited to see what God has in store for me as I take this next step of faith! If you have any questions, feel free to call me at (864) [phone redacted], or message me on Facebook. I would love to talk with you.
Also, I have been asked to write a blog about the missions work I have done and where God is leading me next. So that will be up shortly for those of you that would like some more detail! I will post the link to that on my Facebook page.
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