Let me provide an update on our fundraising...At first, donations were only trickling in and I was wondering if God would actually provide financially for the trip through people's donations. I blogged previously about being tested to trust in God providing for our trip. I was already off to a bad start in this trust thing, but after a few weeks several donations started coming in, which was encouraging. I was back to trusting! Then it seemed like there was like this a lull, if you will, in donations...we reached $5k in donations towards our house goal of $10k about 2 or 3 weeks ago. With only about a month left in Oregon, I was beginning to be very skeptical, back to doubting. A few days later I received a Facebook message from a friend. He said that he had been praying about donating and felt led to match any amount up to $5k...very convenient, maybe even God inspired, since we had raised $5k already and we needed $5k to get to our house goal...Ok, now that God had provided for us, I was trusting again! It is crazy to me how faithful God is even when we don't always trust Him. The hard part is trusting before He provides.
Whether or not you trust in God or even believe in Him, it's a nice story of family and friends being generous. We would like to thank everyone that has donated. It's been really cool to see the generosity of our family and friends.
We have another goal of raising about $7K for travelling cost, medical insurance, storage unit (here in the US). We've been able to cut some of this cost by selling a lot of 'stuff' and going with a smaller storage unit (5ftx5ft!!) and finding a good, but lower cost insurance plan. We are now aiming for $6,000, and are about $1500 short of this goal as of today. These expenses cannot be provided by the organization or Solid Rock Church because we are not employees of either.
If you are interested in helping out financially, we'd prefer that support be donated to us (ie check written to us) so that we can achieve our 2nd goal. If you feel more comfortable donating to an actual organization, that's ok too. Even though we've raised the $10k for our house, any additional money will almost entirely go towards our ministry of teaching/empowering the poor in Honduras. The immediate needs of the college/farm are a new water storage tank, completion of building classrooms, bedrooms, school supplies, laptops.
If you'd like to donate your time, we'd love to have any and all of you down for whatever amount of time to teach, build or just visit and relax! Let us know if you are interested.