In just a couple days shy of a month I will be leaving to visit my friends in Zimbabwe.
As I began on the journey of raising support, I never set a fundraising goal, but I definitely had in my mind an amount I knew I would need to get to the other side of the world. The number was big, but God is bigger.
Many people gave what they could give. Some amounts were unbelievably big, and some smaller, but the place of love and sacrifice that they came from make them all incredibly huge.
I also had a lot of people step in and help in other ways, such as hosting fundraisers, helping with fundraisers, donating to fundraisers, and spreading the word. Not to mention the bags and bags of donated clothing that I will be taking with me.
You all have been amazing, and my needs have been met above and beyond what I ever expected.
I am overjoyed to tell you that through the three yardsale and raffle fundraisers, as well as the Thrivent grant I recieved, all of my basic expenses have been covered.
The reason I am so excited to share this with you, is because it means that every penny you all have donated will be spent directly to minister to the families in Zimbabwe.
When I return I will be able to give a more precise report of how we specifically put this money to work to share Christ's love.
We are planning on using the money for needs such as shoes for the children, school uniforms, paying school fees, and covering medical bills for the families that Tecla works with.
I am hoping, as well, to invest some of the money in Tecla's business. Considering that the majority of the needs that are met through her ministry are funded by her business, I think that this is one of the best ways we can support her.
As the time draws near for me to leave, I am working on a specific list of ways you can pray, but for now I will leave you with one:
Pray that as Tecla and I meet over the course of the three weeks that we will have wisdom as to the best way to invest this money for the Kingdom.