To all my family and friends,
I am excited to share that I have been accepted by Global Outreach International of Tupelo Mississippi, to serve as a Short Assignment Missionary to Romania, in Eastern Europe, this summer. While going through the processes of paperwork and applications, I have felt God leading me towards an opportunity much larger than I could have fathomed. Let me first share how God has worked in my life over the past year and how He has led me to make this decision.
I began working fulltime as a life coach at Walton County ARC Center after graduating from high school in June 2011. My job is to serve people with special needs and disabilities in helping them become more independent individuals. The experience I have gained over the last eight months has been life changing. Each day my clients teach me more than I can ever hope to instill in them. I have learned to look at life and people from a new perspective. God has given me a “new heart.” I now am fully aware and know in my heart that all of God’s children are perfectly created by a loving, sovereign God; He has and does design each of us for ‘His’ purposes.
After working as a life coach all summer, I started my first semester of college in August 2011 with a heavy heart. I continued working full time at ARC, and my passion for people with special needs grew more intense; something inside me was quickly changing. One day during a class lecture, my professor spoke very briefly about disabilities, how they affected people in all countries and that not everyone has the same resources and facilities we have in America. For two months I prayed fervently, asking God how I could help or work with people with special needs and disabilities that live in other countries.
In October, God opened a big door for me as I learned about a place in Romania that needed volunteers who were trained to care for children with special needs. It was a great joy to also learn that the facility was Christ-centered.
My next step was to make a trip to the home of Global Outreach International in Tupelo, Mississippi where I shared my desire to serve. I learned of a mission ministry opportunity that could not have been more perfect. I am now preparing to spend three months in Arad, Romania, where I will serve at Darius House‑‑ a full-time care facility for children with special needs. Global Outreach will be my sending agency. Global will partner with Romanian Christian Enterprises (RCE) who is the organization that established the Darius House ministry.
I must raise all the funds needed before leaving for Romania. Will you please be a financial partner in my first mission ministry? Round-trip airfare will be approximately $1,300. Living accommodations, meals, and transportation will be $50 per day. I must also cover my personal financial responsibilities while I’m away ( i.e. rent, car payment, utilities, etc.).
Global Outreach will be my sending agency and will accept all gifts towards my summer mission. Global is unique in that one hundred percent of all funds raised by the missionary go directly into his or her ministry account and that all gifts are tax-deductible.
Preparing myself financially and spiritually for this trip has been rewarding and I am very excited about what is to come. Being so young, this is a big opportunity, however, I am confident in the abilities and gifts God has given me and it is my desire to use them for His glory. Please pray that hearts will be touched to give that I may meet my budget for the three month period.
Seeking to honor HIM,