April 28th, 2010
Hello. I have at least five blog posts swirling around in my head, but I don’t have time to sit down and work on them yet. I have to finish a project first. Hopefully, I’ll be able to post at least Blog #1 tomorrow.
Just wanted to let you know that we’re still here and thinking about you.
April 1st, 2010
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!
March 25th, 2010
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.
March 15th, 2010
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
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.
March 8th, 2010
Well, I have been trying to write this post for over a week. It was kind of an up and down week for me, and I’ve been unable to translate what I think and feel about support raising into words. I usually do better when I’m feeling optimistic and positive. This week, I had some rather frustrating days when all of my thoughts were dark.
If you gathered from that little introductory paragraph that I’m not always very excited about support raising, you’re right. Sometimes, I’m not. Sometimes it sucks. It can be scary, and frustrating, and discouraging and impossible. I often feel like we’ll never get to Germany, and, if we do, it certainly won’t be in a timely manner. I often put off calling certain people because they intimidate me (terrify might be a more accurate word). Sometimes I leave an appointment and think, that person didn’t get our vision all. Sometimes I lay in bed at night and think, God, what are we doing?
Those are the bad days.
February 25th, 2010
Hello Blog. It’s been a while. How have you been? Are you feeling neglected? I’m sorry. Here’s a hug.
Obviously, February was not the best of months for blogging on our part. Good thing it’s so short. We’ve been very busy raising support this month, and I suppose that’s why we haven’t posted much. Because nothing very exciting has happened, and it’s hard to summarize and explain this whole support process. It’s a big mash of fear, excitement, joy, disappointment, expectation and despair. And that’s just one day. But, I’m feeling capable of putting my thoughts into words today, so here I go.
February 1st, 2010
Yes, I know. Christmas was five weeks ago. Today is February. It’s a little late to be posting about the holidays, but at least we’re not posting this in May. So, here’s a little summary of our holiday travels.
On Friday, December 18th, we got up bright and early and headed to my sister’s apartment in Denton, TX. We got in shortly after lunch and met Jude, the epileptic Schnoodle. Jude was a pillow of curly goodness, who happened to twitch occasionally. Israel and I have realized that we’re not really dog people. We don’t like the drooling and shedding and stinking and poop picking-up. But Jude doesn’t stink, doesn’t shed, and doesn’t officially drool (although he does have a beard). Unfortunately, as all living creatures do, he poops. Anyway, we liked him. If we ever get a dog, I think it might need to be a schnoodle.