Before my scouting trip in September, I announced that my future goal was to move to the Czech Republic as a missionary. And since I returned home from my scouting trip, this goal has been the driving force in my life. I’ve been praying for God’s timing and wisdom about how to move forward. I’ve been seeking training through mission classes as well as doing everything possible to win the battle against skin cancer. And with every step on this journey the Lord has continued to bring new clarity. His guidance has been fantastic.
So let me announce that, yes, I will be moving to the Czech Republic in the coming year. I have a fundraising goal, a possible timetable, and even … an apartment!
Fundraising now looks slightly different than it did in the past. Where before I sought one-time gifts to fund three-week to two-month trips, this time, in order to remain in the Czech Republic for an extended period, I need to raise monthly support. This requires a new level of commitment from me, and from those interested in partnering with me. I’m committing to serve month-by-month in the Czech Republic without quitting, no matter how much I struggle or how homesick I become. Your commitment is to continue to pray, encourage, or donate month-by-month. Neither commitment is easy. It requires sacrifice. But it’s part of the journey, and part of walking together.
Before I can move to the Czech Republic, I need to raise $2,100 of monthly support. This money will pay for my apartment rent, food, visa expenses, insurance, travel expenses, start-up costs, training, ministry expenses, etc. It will also insure that I am able to carry out my ministry goals. My plan is to work with young people as much as possible, whether at the weekly Rock Solid Club, at weekend camps, or by inviting them into my own home for fellowship or Bible Study. Monthly support provides a home to share, food to place before my guests, funds for traveling to camps and activities, and the documents required to live and serve in the Czech Republic.
One of my partners had a special reminder for me about fundraising. She told me to remember that every donation, whether large or small, is equally important. And she was right! If you find yourself wanting to give to my ministry, but wondering whether your support will actually make a difference, then know that it does. Every monthly donation brings me one step closer to my goal.
My fundraising goal already looks like this:
Almost a quarter of my total goal has already been pledged! And just think how much that could grow before the end of the year. No monthly donation is too small, and every gift goes to advancing the work of Christ’s Kingdom.
If you’re interested in making a monthly support pledge to my ministry, or have any questions, you can contact me personally through the contact info on my blog, or on Facebook. I’d love to connect with you and give you whatever forms or advice you need to navigate through the donation process. My mission organization, Grace Covenant International, is continuing to collect and steward the money I raise. If you’d like to contact them personally, their address is: Grace Covenant International, PO Box 588, Platte City, MO 64079. You can also reach them by email at email@example.com, or by phone — 816.431.6217
As I’ve sought the Lord about my ministry, this possible timetable of events has presented itself. I’m sharing it with you so that you can see the goal I’m aiming towards.
I’ll spend December, January, and February preparing for my move to the Czech Republic. This will involve fundraising, work on my mission class, learning the Czech language, selling most of my possessions, and connecting with mission supporters. Grace Covenant International will host a ministry conference February 21-24, 2017. I’ll be commissioned as a missionary during this event. If possible, I’ll move to the Czech Republic on or around March 22, 2017, and remain there until December. I plan to return for a visit to America in time to spend Christmas 2017 with my family.
If I am unable to reach my support goal before the mission conference in February, my proposed moving date will need to be postponed until I have more funding. I’ll keep you updated about my progress as time goes on.
One important development that makes the process of moving much easier? I recently rented my own apartment!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!
My New Apartment!
During my scouting trip to the Czech Republic in September, I took this picture of the river that runs through ValMez while I was prayer walking. On my return to America I showed it to a friend, and he said, “I love that bright red house! That one is definitely my favorite.”
Little did I know at the time that I would someday be renting an apartment in that same bright red house. But that’s exactly what happened! My friend Zuzka is living there now, and we’ll become roommates once I move. The story of how Keifer, Zuzka, and I found the apartment is a real testimony to God’s goodness, and I’ll be writing about it in my next blog post. But for now, take a look!
In the top left picture, our window is the one jutting out of the roof. The top right picture is of our bedroom space, and the bottom left picture is of our living room. The bottom right picture shows our tiny kitchen.
Oh, and this next picture? This is the view from our bedroom window. 🙂
I am very excited about moving to the Czech Republic, about living in my new apartment, and about seeing my friends there and beginning the ministry work God has for me. Please continue to pray for His guidance as I raise funds and seek Him for my next steps. I want to follow Him on this journey however He leads.
Until Next Time!