Friday, June 26, 2009

Coffee Cake

My friend Julia Jones is donating her Buttermilk-Cinnamon Coffee Cakes to support my mission. Suggested donations are $25 for one of these addictive cakes. Please help me out by becoming part of my team and I promise you will not regret it when you taste this wonderful creation.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

What? No Coffee?

Just received an email from Pastor Clark telling us the water we will drink is rain water collected off the roofs. That’s extremely cool; I hope I get a big roof since I drink a gallon of water a day on slow days.

However the 2nd part of the email freaked me out: “… they are big Tea drinkers so if anyone has coffee addictions they should go through withdrawals BEFORE the trip please!”


From the tone of the email the tea is not caffeinated and this must have been a problem in the past. OK 1st of all my drinking coffee is actually to keep me off Ritalin and is approved my by doctor. Secondly, I can’t go off it before the trip as I have a job I need to go to everyday and get work done. I have tried to work without drinking a cup of coffee in the morning.

Hmm, as a matter of fact today is one of those days and its 9am and I am distracted and blogging when I should be working. OK, better get a “cup o’ joe” and get back to work.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Sponsor Letter - The Final Edition

Yeah, I just sent my last Sponsor letter out a min ago. Whoa, you don't think you have that large of an address book until you start sending out email to each person. That's when it feels like it's the longest list ever. It has been such a blessing to hear from the people who have responded to me. I have taken a chance and sent it to some of my closer friends who I know aren't Christian but I thought, "Hey I'm desperate". And some have written back, "You have my support". All I can say when a Muslim or Jew tell me they will help me with my Christian mission is "WOW", I am truly blessed with the greatest friends in the world. :)

Monday, June 8, 2009

Raising Funds

I have only tried to raise funds once before when I did the Train to End Stroke ½ Marathon in Kona, Hawaii. I have forgotten how hard it is. As of today I have raised $260 which is great but a long way off from $2400. I see why they want you to try and raise the money though. It is very humbling. I can’t think of many things I like less than asking someone for money.
On the flip side it is nice to have people involved and feel like I’m sharing a part of the trip with them.
My current prayers are that I will be able to see God’s hand in raising the rest of the money.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Comforting words from the mission team leader

Received email from David Clark about the team going to Fiji, the itinerary for the group, and his hopes and prayers for God’s work through us and in the hearts of the people we will be ministering to.
The general plan is:
Arrive Nadi Saturday morning and go to the Training Center for a couple hours.
Back to the airport and fly to Labasa.
Go to the Market for food supplies and then to Naduri Village arriving early Saturday evening.
Sunday - Worship, Team Time and Final Training Plans.
Monday - Friday Teaching 8:30 - 2:30, OJT 2:30 - 4:00ish, Kids EE Gospel 5-6 pm
Saturday Morning - Boat/Island Team Time.
Saturday Afternoon - Team Departs Naduri and splits up for a variety of return plans.
AZ folks fly Labasa to Nadi, Others something different.
I copied and pasted parts of his email into this blog. I hope you enjoy his words, the rest are his:
This morning I read, "For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again. -- 2 Corinthians 5:14,15 (NIV)
As Ambassadors of His message we answer His call to go to Fiji this July. We go to serve Him, His Church, and people made in His image. We go with a purpose, to disciple people in Personal Evangelism using tools from EE. At the same time we are humble enough to submit to His will for us during our trip, whatever that may be. Ultimately we pray that the Holy Spirit will produce Fruit in and through us, and that this fruit will continue to multiply in others after we leave, until Christ's return.
As brothers and sisters in Christ we come together from AZ, CO, CA, FL and all over Fiji to form a single unified EE Missions Team. I am looking forward to serving alongside each of you. We will all get the chance to know each other better as we work and live together in Naduri.
I am confident as we go with His Grace and Love in our hearts we will have the Time of our Lives!