The month of March seems to have flown by! As I write this, it is Easter Sunday and it is raining and chilly outside, a fitting end to what has been one of the coldest springs in quite a while (the Weather Channel took to calling this month “Marchuary,” since the average temperature this month was lower than the average in January). Despite the cold weather, however, it has been a successful month in terms of fundraising and ramping up to go back to Haiti.
Last weekend, I had the pleasure of returning to Wilmore, Kentucky to speak at a fundraising event on the campus of my alma mater, Asbury Seminary. My friends had invited me back so I could share my plans and try to raise support, so I made a Powerpoint and went up there for a couple of days. I was expecting maybe 10 people and about $200, but instead, there ended up being 34 people who gave $1,125! I also got picked up for $100 monthly support by a church in Lexington. Afterwards, the entire group of people gathered around me and prayed for me. It was an amazing demonstration of God’s faithfulness and my friends’ love and support. I am truly a blessed man.
Less Than $9k To Go!
As it stands, I have raised a little over $6,000, which means that I have a little under $9,000 left to raise. If you would like to get involved, there is a yellow button at the top of this page (or, if you are reading this by e-mail, at the top of backtohaiti.com) that will give you the option of a one-time or a monthly donation. Also, if your church is looking for a missionary to support, I would be grateful if you would take me into consideration. I also have a brief, one-page document summarizing who I am and what I am seeking to do that I can e-mail you if you would like something to take to your pastor.
This weekend, I will be going to war…War, West Virginia, that is, with a group of men to conduct a spiritual retreat amidst the Appalachian poor. I am not quite sure what to expect, but I am looking forward to whatever God has in store. I know God has a special place in his heart for folks no one else notices.
All this month, I will continue working as a community group leader for Missio Dei Church. We will be continuing our partnership as a group with World Relief, an organization that assists refugees entering the United States. Through this ministry, I have had the privilege of getting to know the al-Assafs, an Iraqi family of four, teaching them how to ride the bus, taking them to the DMV, introducing them to Bojangles and sweet tea, and generally just being a friend to these folks, who are lonely and still trying to adjust to a brand-new culture. I have also recently befriended two Eritrean men who had to flee religious persecution in their home country. They accompanied me to my church’s Good Friday service this weekend and then shared part of their story with me at Starbucks. Like the al-Assafs, they are finding it hard to cope with loneliness as they adjust to life in the U.S. Please pray for these precious people as you find occasion to do so.
Thanks for all your prayers and support! Your prayers and donations really mean a lot to me. If I can ever pray for you in any way, please shoot me an e-mail and let me know.