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November 21st, 2010

Our Lives Since July

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We made this video for the Missions Day of our home church, The Grove, in Arkansas. We wanted to share this glimpse of our lives with you all. Maybe you should create your own video and send it back to us. Okay? Okay.


First Semester at BFA from Israel Jernigan on Vimeo.
The song in the video is Your Glory by Sons and Daughters. It is used with their permission.

June 30th, 2010

Jernigan Jubilee or That One Goodbye Song from The Sound of Music

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As you know, we’re leaving, the country, for a while. As of July 16th, we’ll no longer be US residents, let alone Arkansas residents. We want to say goodbye to you, so we’re having a going away party, also known as the Jernigan Jubilee. I think The Jernigan Jubilee is a rather horrible name, but it’s all I could think of at the time, so we’re stuck with it.

The awesomeness that will be the Jernigan Jubilee is from 6:00 to 10:00 pm on Saturday, July 10th. The shin-dig will take place at The Farm of Hale at 16045 Trapp Hill Rd., West Fork, AR. If you put this address into your GPS, you might get lost. Directions are at the end of this post.

Here are some of the amazing things you can look forward to at the Jernigan Jubilee.

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May 4th, 2010

Hello 80%

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On Sunday afternoon, I made a phone call that brought us from 53% of our monthly support to 80%. 80%! I was in total shock. And awe. I couldn’t believe it.

The family that brought us from 53 to 80% was one that we had met with in March. I was supposed to call them back in early April to update them about whether we were leaving, but I didn’t. My initial excuse was that we were busy at a family wedding. But then I felt bad that I hadn’t called, and I put it off. And then I felt even worse that I hadn’t called, and put it off again. And on and on the cycle went, until yesterday. If I had called when I was supposed to, we might have been gone by now.

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April 30th, 2010

29 Days Since

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Well, it’s been another month since our last blog post. The five sentence post previous to this one doesn’t count, obviously. Usually, not posting for a month means that nothing exciting has happened, which is kind of the case here. Not much has happened on the support side of things.

Because I know you’re all dying to know, I’ll give you a brief overview of what’s been going on for us in April. Ready?

April 1st happened.

We knew it would eventually—the looming, self-imposed deadline. When April rolled around, we found ourselves not at 100% or even 80% of our monthly support, but at 53%. Well, it’s better than 25%. Moving on.

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April 1st, 2010

Today Is the Day

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Hello! Since it’s April 1st, we’re sure you’re all on the edge of your seat wondering whether our support has come in. So, here’s a rundown.

We’re at 53% of our monthly amount. This means that we can’t leave for Germany when we’d originally hoped. But, we have several promising potential donors who may be able to cover more significant portions of our budget. We’re praying that God will give us favor with these donors. So, we’re not heading out yet, but we could be very soon.

Right now we’re in Muskogee, Oklahoma with Israel’s family. Israel’s sister, Hannah, gets married on Saturday. She lives in Australia and is marrying an Aussie named Ash. So it’s a rare and wonderful treat to see them. We’re spending the rest of the week with the family.

Thank you all! We’re blessed to know you. We’ll let you know what happens over the next few weeks!

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March 25th, 2010

Today is March 25th

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Today is March 25th. And that means that April 1st is seven days away. One week. 168 hours. Actually, less than 168 hours, because it’s currently 10:29 p.m.

We haven’t budged much in our support these last two weeks. We’re at 52%. According to the numbers, we won’t be leaving for a long time. Logically, we probably won’t arrive in Germany until after the school year is over. But for some reason, my heart is denying that logic. I have this strange eagerness inside me. I’m excited, and anxious, and eager to see what happens. I feel like I’m waiting for a huge, life-changing event, like my wedding. Which is a little ironic, since Israel’s sister gets married on the 3rd.

I don’t know that God will bring our support in within the next seven days. I don’t know when he plans for us to be in Germany. But I feel…hope, or faith, or something, almost physically in my chest. I really can’t describe it. And the more I think about it, the more I think that maybe this is faith and belief in God’s ability and power and desire to prove himself.

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March 15th, 2010

Halfway There

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We’ve made it to 50%! Yay! Hooray! Haroo!

God’s done some amazing things in the past few weeks. In 24 hours, he brought in 5% of our support. Then, a few days later, in about 48 hours, he brought in 6% more. That’s 11% in one week. It’s been a very encouraging time. We’re excited to see how God will bring in the remainder of our support, hopefully, by April 1st. For some reason, reaching the 50% mark seems like a huge mental hurdle that we’ve finally overcome. The rest doesn’t seem to be nearly as difficult, maybe because we can head over at 80%.

Okay, here are the specifics. We’re at 50.7% of our monthly support. That’s $2,752. We still need at least 30% more; that’s $1,625. We have 17 days left and need $96 a day. Sorry for all of these numbers, but for some reason, knowing the specifics makes me feel better.

So, keep praying for God to bring in our support in miraculous ways! I’m eager to see how God is going to make himself look great through all of this. Also, pray that we’ll be able to find at least one supporter who could cover $300 to $500 a month. We’re also running out of people to contact; pray that God will bring people to mind who might want to join our team.

March 9th, 2010

Pray It Up, Dude

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So, since we have 23 days remaining to raise at least $1,912, we could use your prayers. Here’s some stuff you can lift up to Jesus on our behalf.

An Abundance of Support – In order to have enough support to leave for Germany in April, we need to raise 1.5% of our monthly amount per day. That’s about $80 a day to reach 80% of our budget. In order to reach 100% of our budget, we need to receive $130 of new support a day. That’s about 2.5%. Obviously, if we reach either of these amounts by April 1st, it will be all God. Pray for God to bring a flood of new support! We know that we’ll get to Black Forest Academy at the right time, but it would be amazing if the right time was now.

Favor – Pray that we find favor with those we meet with. We want people to connect with us, understand our vision and passion for the students at BFA, and want to support us. Ask God to give us favor with everyone we call and meet.

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