We Need You!
It’s time for us to go, and honestly we cannot go without many stepping up and supporting us in this ministry. At one time this idea absolutely petrified us. But God, who is way bigger than all of our fears, has told us to trust him and watch as he alone will provide every single thing we need, including the ones he has called to join us on this journey. So we are trusting, praying for miracles every single day, and we are having faith that God will provide!
Will you please join us on this journey? First and foremost we have to build a team of prayer warriors who are willing to faithfully lift up our family, the ministry God has called us to, the people we will be reaching, and the plans that God has called us to follow, so that we never try to take control of what is being perfectly orchestrated by Him. We have already felt Satan trying to sneak in and steal our focus away from what God has called us to, but as we walk in God’s strength and continue to press forward we recognize that it will only get harder from here—and we need you with us. We are not just adding these sentences to this letter to tug at your heartstrings or get you to think that our family is doing something extraordinary, because we’re not. We are simply being obedient to where and how God has called us to serve, recognizing that this is not our ministry alone.
Would you please ask God if He is opening the door for you to join us, and be a part of something huge and glorious? And yes, we trust that God is going to do something huge!
Secondly, will you pray about supporting us financially?
We’re not silly enough to think that we will miraculously win the lotto, or that we will be left with hordes of money from some unknown relative and be able to just pick up and go. God has shown us that we are going to have to trust in him fully, and be willing to unashamedly ask others to join us financially in this ministry. Honestly, this is something we used to struggle with, but God has taught us to trust in his provision, so that we can never say that we did this on our own—it is his plan, in his time, with his resources, and all for his glory, and not our own.
So what will we need? Our goal is to raise $4000 a month for the next two years. Is this a big number? Why yes (at least to us), it is huge. Is it impossible? Clearly not, because God said he alone will provide.
To meet this goal, we need to fill 400 $10/month slots. We are asking you to pray about supporting us by filling one or more of those slots for next two years. Some have already taken on one slot, some five, some ten. We don’t take this lightly. We recognize that this will take sacrifice, but we know that the investment you make in this ministry will result in huge dividends in eternity.
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We know without a doubt that God is going to change lives. We know this because he already has, through our annual trips to Bulgaria and the ongoing relationships that have grown out of them. How much more he will do when we are there full-time! Some we may witness, and some we may never see this side of heaven. We know and trust that answering this calling on our lives is only a little piece of the beautiful story that God is writing. But that’s the key—he’s writing it, so we know without a doubt something beautiful will be taking place every single step of the way.
We always walk with the attitude that every life matters. If it’s only one life that God has called us to give up everything for, then it’s absolutely worth it. We’ve been blessed to see so much more over the many years serving in Bulgaria, for which we thank God everyday. And now, it’s time for us to go. Maybe we will reach many more and maybe it will only be one, but numbers don’t matter to us. The love and truth of Christ is the only thing we are driven by, and whoever it is that we are called to reach we trust that the world will be changed for His glory one life at a time!
Will you join us? Will you pray with us as one body? Will you celebrate, mourn, rejoice, and cry with us when we need you most? And, will you help put our feet on the ground in the country of Bulgaria?
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT WILL YOUR FUNDRAISING COVER?
$4000/month should cover all of our needs, including lodging, food, health insurance, travel (in Bulgaria, as well as coming home periodically), some ministry money, and anything else we might need.
WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING IN BULGARIA?
For the first year, we will focus heavily on language acquisition. Right now, we know enough to get by, but we need to be able to have meaningful conversations, so this will be a top priority. We will also work on integrating ourselves into our church and community, as well as continuing our work with orphanages, street kids, the homeless, and student ministry, and being a resource for American families who are adopting from Bulgaria.
ARE YOU GOING WITH AN ORGANIZATION?
Yes. We have partnered with Every Nation Ministries, a sending organization with missionaries all over the world. They will not only provide us with training and accountability, but also help with administrative tasks and fundraising.
IS MY DONATION TAX-DEDUCTIBLE?
Yes. Every Nation Ministries is a 501(c)3 organization, and all donations are tax-deductible.
HOW DO I GIVE?
It’s easy! Click here for instructions, or click on the red Donate Now button to give online now.
WHEN SHOULD I GIVE?
Right away! Even though we aren’t moving yet, there are a lot of expenses we’ll have just to get from here to there.
WHAT IF I CAN’T GIVE THAT MUCH?
We only ask that you give what God calls you to give.
HOW LONG WILL YOU LIVE IN BULGARIA?
We don’t know! We know that it will be at least two years. It may be more than that. We’re going to trust in God’s plan and timing for how long we stay.
WHEN ARE YOU LEAVING?
Our goal is to move sometime in June, 2015.
WILL CHRIS GO TO A BULGARIAN SCHOOL?
We plan to homeschool Chris. He is super-excited about moving to Bulgaria, or as he says, moving home to Bulgaria!
HOW ELSE CAN WE HELP?
Would you like to buy our house, cars, or any of our stuff? Seriously, we have a lot of work to do to sell everything, get visas, health insurance, etc. If you think you have a way to help, let us know! Also, pray about bringing yourself, your family or a team of students and/or adults to come serve with us for a few weeks!
WHAT IF I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Please ask! Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 636-422-0225.