hold my rope! part 1

This has been updated a few times since I posted to keep up with the most recent developments.

I’ve heard missionary life described as having a rope tied around your waist and jumping off a cliff. You need a good team of people behind you to hold your rope or you are going to fall and it will be painful. Many of you have stepped up to take a piece of that rope in hand already as I have been preparing to leave. You have prayed for me, encouraged me, called me, sent notes, given of your time and money and, in general, been more generous with me than I could ever repay.

As my proverbial jump gets closer, I am trying to get as big a team of rope-holders behind me as possible. In my last few posts, I’ve explained a lot of details about what I will be doing in Kenya (if you haven’t had the chance to watch the video about why I am moving, go to this post and watch it). I wanted to share the opportunity for you to be involved there as well by sending me through a financial partnership. As a financial partner, you are an active part of what God will accomplish through this ministry. The ministry and role of a sender is just a vital as that of go-er. Would you consider joining in this journey with me?

The primary goal that I am working toward now is building a team of partners to help meet my monthly goal of $2,810. I currently have partners who are committed to provide 21% 26% 30% 41% 47% 50%  59%  86% of this amount. Again, it has been an incredible blessing for friends to come alongside me in this way. I have to have 100% of my monthly support committed before I can get on that plane to Kenya.  This is a wonderful start, but there is still much to be done. That’s where you come in!

I am still looking for about 5-10 more financial donors who want to partner with me on a regular basis (monthly, quarterly or yearly) to help meet that monthly financial goal. Would you prayerfully consider being one of those partners? Here is an example of what it would take if 7 people decided to jump in an pick up a piece of the rope.

2 partners at $100/mo.

4 partners at $50/mo.

1 partners at $25/mo.
Would you pray through this list? What would it look like for you to pick up the rope in this way? If you are interested in being a part of my team or if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.
If you feel that this is the way you want to be involved, you can GIVE ONLINE. To find out other ways to give, click here. If you do decide that this is how you want to partner, please contact me. I would love to talk with you more about that.

For more detailed information about my one-time and monthly financial goals, visit my Financial Breakdown page.

thoughts on my birthday

Today was my last birthday in the States for a while. I’m not going to lie…it’s been a hard one. No huge epiphanies to report, but a few thoughts I’ve had today that I wanted to process through and decided to share:

1.My friends and family are incredible gifts. They will put up Christmas trees in the middle of September, write notes reminding me about significant moments in friendship, drive for hours to come to a birthday dinner, grant me inhuman amounts of patience and point me back to the Lord over and over again when I am so tempted to fear what is coming in this next season. It is a tall order to find ways to love them as well as they love me.

2. Long goodbyes are hard. By the time I get on the plane to Kenya, I will have been heading that way for a year-and-a-half. For a sentimental person (me), this can be a tricky area. I feel so much pressure to make every second count that sometimes I struggle to enjoy what I am actually doing. This is nothing new, but feels heightened in the face of this transition. I am praying for the grace to trust that God, not me, guides my days and gives them significance.

3. Jesus is better and totally worth it. This season will be hard and it will be good. Those go together. I’m learning this. Slowly. But above all of it, I know that Jesus is better than the good things He has given me and worth the hard process of saying goodbye to my good life here to pursue a good life He has prepared for me in Kenya. My life is good in either place, not because of the people He puts around me (though those are certainly His good gifts to me), but because I have Him. If I am at home, He is with me. When I move 8,000 miles away, He will be with me there.  When I was wondering a year ago where my life was headed, He was there. Now, as I have some ideas of where that is, but sometimes I am scared of all that could mean, He is here. His promise is that I will be conformed into the image of His Son and Jesus knows and trusts His Father perfectly. Because I belong to Him, I am headed toward that as well. That’s  good news. Everything else is only worthy to be laid at His feet to see how He might use it to increase my joy for His glory.

Today in Kids’ Village I taught a group of 1st graders that my Father is generous – He gives what is best for His children. As I celebrate my birthday in Kenya next year, I pray that my testimony for my 31st year will be that I have known my Father’s generosity in greater measure and that I trust Him more then than I do today.