The Struggle is Real.

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Fundraising!!!!!! For those that have been involved in any sort of fundraising you know how challenging it can be. It can even been down right awkward. I have been through many challenging times in my life including Marine Corp boot camp and I have to say that raising money to go out as missionaries to Guatemala is hands down the toughest thing that I have ever had to do. One of the hardest struggles to overcome in fundraising is not that people don’t want to give, it’s that we don’t want to ask.

As a man, asking for any sort of help is hard. The stereotype of men driving around lost thinking the directions will come to us rather then asking for help is real life! Asking for help is a tough thing for our egos to do.

Asking for financial support is even harder, and often while raising support I am limited by my own weakness to overcome the awkwardness I feel in asking for financial donations. It has also been one of the most rewarding and humbling times of my life. I’ve learned that God doesn’t always call the equipped, but he always equips the called. I know that my family is called to Guatemala to make a difference for His kingdom and I trust that God will provide the means necessary to get there. That doesn’t mean we don’t have to work for it, but through our work we have seen people’s hearts open up with generosity and it has been truly an amazing experience to be apart of. The relationships that have been formed and strengthened through the experience of raising financial support are incredible and we know that we are not in this alone.

 We have an army of support behind us and in addition to their finances, they are covering us in prayer and encouragement that will be a vital part in our time as missionaries.

Along the way, I’ve had to overcome my fear of asking for financial donations. One instance that I needed to do this yielded quite an incredible story of the way God can work through any type of connection. While I was fundraising for my first week-long mission trip in 2013, I was struggling to send my fundraising e-mail to a business connection that kept coming to my mind. I didn’t know how appropriate it would be, considering the business aspect, but I just couldn’t get out of my mind the words “who am I to say no for someone?” Finally, I worked up the nerve to send the e-mail, and I received a reply that could have only been the work of God connecting the pieces.

As it turned out, Guatemala holds a special place in this woman’s heart, as she had adopted her son from there! That trip, and each subsequent trip after, she has been a very generous contributor and continues help support our calling in Guatemala! Now that we are moving there, she plans to come visit with her son! It will be his first time to see his birth country, and we look forward to showing them around the City of Hope.

It is in the incredible connections like these that I hear God whispering in my ear Matthew 6:26:

“Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”

I know that God has a big story to write in Guatemala, I know that he wants to use in this story and through partnerships with people like YOU, He will make that happen!

It’s only fitting that this blog post about generosity comes the day after God gave his most generous gift to us! The resurrection story is the most important chapter in the good news of the Gospel. Was this generosity expensive? Of course it was. It cost Jesus everything to make it happen. Now my family has a part to play as God is writing our chapter in the story. Raising financial support is allowing us to help carry the Gospel across country lines as commanded in the great commission and we are asking for you to join us in this!

Next Steps:

There are many ways that you can join our financial support team.

Our biggest need is monthly donations. Our family is leaving our jobs and security in Alpharetta, GA and taking volunteer positions at Hope for Guatemala. We need monthly donations to for basic living expenses such as rent, utilities, and food. We have a budget that we would love to share with you if you would like that shows where 100% of our monthly donations will be going. One time donations are also always appreciated. This money will go towards up front expenses from travel, securing a home, and a car in Guatemala!

From now until April 15th you can purchase an awesome t-shirt we designed ourselves!  100% of the profits from these shirts will help fund our trip. They come in both unisex and women’s fit styles and in various colors. Please click HERE to purchase one of these shirts.

Finally, we’re excited to announce we will be holding a Cornhole Tournament on Saturday April 30th starting at 2 pm at Stonecreek Church. We will offer prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place along with having raffle drawings throughout the day for amazing prizes. The cost is $25 per person, or $50 per team. We also need some volunteer help to make this event a success. Please click HERE to sign up as a player (either individual or team of 2) or volunteer. We will have more information on this event available in the coming weeks.

Thank you!

Brad

 

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