At the beginning of the year, when we knew we were going to have to step down from full-time ministry at our church, a friend asked me if we'd ever become missionaries. I was like, you mean... sell all your possessions and move to another country and adopt all the babies type of missionaries? No. I believe wholeheartedly that some are called and gifted to do that - but that is not our calling. Also, I told her, I could never raise support like missionaries do. I have several friends who raise their own support to live in other countries so they can serve others full-time - I admire them greatly!
Never say never. Ever. Never.
Because here I am, 10 months later, choking on the word never. But gosh, I had NO idea God was going to place a calling so great and so needed on our hearts! He always surprises us.
You may have seen me post a video online about the work I'm doing with Save The Storks. Long-story short... I have devoted my full time, as well as Brent, to creating a resource for churches to plug into that will be a tool for them and a safe place for their members considering abortion or who are post-abortive. This is the very briefest of descriptions but let me tell you... it is desperately needed and I am completely in awe that God decided I am to be a part of this. I'm honestly shaking my head in disbelief while my eyes fill with tears.
A part of what is so daunting in all of this is that Brent and I are responsible for raising half of our support. We have been contracted by Storks for 5 months at $4,000 a month. They've fulfilled their portion and we received their last funds on October 1st. The rest of the support is on us to raise. It will fund us, and allow us to continue devoting our full-time to creating this much needed resource/website, through the end of the year.
As of now we have raised $334.00. Praise GOD! For someone who said never and can't even promote her own book without feeling slimy - this is a big deal. However, we have a long ways to go.
Yes, we are prepared and willing to apply at Aldi's and The Home Depot if needed, but we also are aware that that will limit our time needed to build this resource for churches. At the end of the day we feel obedience is number one, with trust tying that position.
So I am humbling asking you to pray and consider how you might partner with us. Obviously our greatest need is financially. And yes it felt slimy typing that out. You could also help by sharing this online with your friends. Perhaps you know people who are gifted in giving who also have a heart for the abortion conversation and the people affected by it.
This is what I can promise you, when this resource is completed and gets into the hands of churches and its leaders, post-abortive women will finally have a safe place to go within their churches. They will find their brave and they will rise up. We believe the way to reduce the number of abortions in our country is to provide hope for the post-abortive community so that theirs will be the voice that so greatly needs to be heard.
There. I did it. I asked. And now I must nap for many hours because that was hard, folks!!