Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Extra! Extra! Read all about it... Help me tell the WORLD about it!

I am taking any and all ideas for fundraising!  I will be linking up with Willie Eames and his wife Blake Eames, both local artists of Lexington, KY to come up with a missionary fundraiser very soon.  In the meantime, I would like to take you up on your talents and/or ideas, whether it be at a local venue or your church!
I'm completely open and willing to try (almost) anything.  It's crunch time ladies & gentlemen.  Put on your thinking hats... since it is almost Christmas, get in the spirit of giving a little early and simply give me an idea.

I would like to ask that many of you donate something to me outside of money.  I would like to challenge you to update your facebook status', tweets on twitter, personal blogs, work bulletin boards, church programs, etc with my blogspot web address and simply send as much traffic as possible to help me spread the word about helping the World!... and maybe...just maybe... someone will be inspired enough to donate via the paypal button or pass along the web address as you did.

I am completely open to speak and present on the issues effecting children across the World and especially the thousands of orphans in Haiti and the children effected with AIDS in Africa.  Many of you know the true passion of my efforts - this is no vacation for me.  There are plenty of ways you can help - donate a book of stamps, tell someone who may not know what I'm doing, send encouragement by posting to my blog posts, etc... I could also use someone's skill to create a logo for me, help me with an awesome business plan layout, and other technical things.  Don't all raise your hands at once. (smile)
"When you think there's nothing you can do...rest assure, there is always something you can do." - Samantha

What God Has for Me... Is For Me...

I would be lying if I said that everything leading up to my next mission trip has been great.  It hasn't.  Though I've been through many storms in my life, for some reason, more than ever, now seems incredibly difficult.  I would like to blame it on many things, but I can only blame myself.  I know the devil gets busy when God is even busier in our lives and that all things happen for a reason and trials and tribulations are many times, just a test of faith.  Well, I've got faith, I'm a believer in most cliche' phrases and I'm still stuck in a slump.
While things are moving all around me, I feel like nothing is moving in me...through me...for me...  Donations once came pouring in then they stopped. Everyone keeps asking "when are you leaving?"  I want to say something else, but I simply reply, "when I can afford to buy the plane ticket and get my shots."  I feel like I'm letting my real supporters down because I stated I was leaving in the Fall of 2010 to Africa, but it will be at least Winter 2010 before I get up off of the ground...

I don't think people truly understand the importance of financial funding when you're a missionary.  If everyone I knew gave just $5-$10, I believe things would move much quicker. Where are all the people who were so willing to help?  Where are you? Where are the people who were willing to take this to their church famillies on my behalf because they believed in my vision? I am going to reach out again and pray really hard on a few other things possibly hindering me from God's will on my life and see where I end up.

I have some plans in the works... I know God is waiting for me to take that next leap.  

In the meantime, shout out to Bekah Woodall for doing amazing things for Honduras & to Urisa Reve Smith who just came back from Nicaragua!!!  You both inspire me & I'm very proud to know you!


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