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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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March 8th, 2010

The Support Side of Things – Part Two

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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.

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February 25th, 2010

I Always Want to Use Cliches as My Blog Titles

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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.

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November 20th, 2009

Week Two of the Buy-Our-Stuff

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We are having another Buy-Our-Stuff Sale tomorrow, Saturday, November 21th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We still have small appliances, dishes, clothes, books, most of our large furniture and various other things. We would LOVE for you to stop by. We live in The Greens Apartments on the corner of Gregg and Sunbridge in Fayetteville. Our address is 2753 N. Ida Lindsey Dr. #4. We’re right across from the basketball courts. Give me a call if you need directions, 918-287-8014.

Here are some of the amazing things we’re selling.

November 16th, 2009

So, It’s November, An Update

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Many of you are probably wondering whether we’ll be departing for Germany soon. Our goal has been to leave for BFA in October, and since it’s mid-way through November, you might be wondering where are we in all with all of this Germany business. In five words or less, we’re in Arkansas.

Right now, we have 20% of our support, which is the same amount we had at the end of September. 20% is actually a great amount to have after only a month or two of support raising, but it’s not great enough to get us to Germany right now. We need 80% of our monthly support in order to book tickets for Germany (are you tired of hearing me say that?), so we still need to raise 60% of our monthly support before we can make plans to head to Germany.

Obviously, we’re not ready to pack our bags at this point. We were hoping to be ready in October because BFA asked us to come as soon as we could. We also want to have as much time as possible with the students at BFA. Our situation is a little different from the normal missionary. Most missionaries raise support in 3/6/12/25 months and then leave for the field. Their ministries begin once they arrive. Our ministry is already happening. BFA is already in session. Students leave for Christmas in December. In June, the school year is over. Every day, we are literally loosing time with the students there.  Which makes me so sad! Sniff. Sniff.

So, what’s our plan now?

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November 9th, 2009

Buy-Our-Stuff Sale

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Come one, come all, to the amazing Buy-Our-Stuff Sale! That’s right folks, we’re hoping to sell all, or at least most, of our stuff this Saturday. We’re opening our apartment up for you to rummage through. We’ll be selling furniture, dishes, linens, books, DVDs, CDs, appliances and other random things. We’d love for you to stop by and take some stuff off our hands. You might even be able to name your own price for some items. And hey, by buying our bookshelves, you’re helping us get to BFA.

Come by our apartment, 2753 N. Ida Lindsey Drive, Apartment 4, Fayetteville, AR, on Saturday, November 14th from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM and we’ll point out the best stuff to buy. If you need directions, give me a call at 918-287-8014.

Also, keep BFA in your prayers. They have quite a few students who are sick with the flu. At least one student is being tested for the Swine Flu. Pray that there will not be a Swine Flu outbreak at BFA and that those who are sick will recover quickly.

An update on our support is coming soon!

September 23rd, 2009

How to Pray

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We greatly appreciate your prayers. They make a huge difference. Here are some things you can pray for over the next week.

Support – That God will bring 100% of our support in by October.
We’re at about 14% of our monthly support or $765. Now, not everyone has told us what they will be giving and not everyone has sent in their paperwork yet. So this is not an official number. We need 80% of our support in order to book tickets, but we would prefer to have 100%. We just found out that we will be living in an apartment one town over from Kandern, where the school is. This means we’ll need a car. At 80% of our budget, all of our living expenses are covered. At 100%, a car is covered. We are still praying that God will provide our support by the beginning of October, but it will definitely take a miracle!

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