In 1792, a British missionary named William Carey used this quote to gather support from his friends as he journeyed to India to reach people with the Gospel. He booked a one-way ticket, but was only willing to do it as long as people were willing to encourage and support him through correspondence.
Although I do not see my life and calling as a terrible pit, I do see it as an incredibly important investment in the next generation of leaders. I’ve had the opportunity to interact with hundreds of kids over these last four years, and I’m slowly starting to see the impact that it’s had. There have been quite a few discouraging moments in the last few years. Humans are an expensive investment, your whole being dives into teaching and guiding them and it doesn’t always provide a great return. We can grow weary of doing good and seeing little immediate return. But we persevere, knowing that He who called us is faithful and ready to equip for longevity in this ministry.
I say all of this because in those moments where I’ve been weary and burdened, I’ve had the pleasure of receiving text messages, phone calls, and even “right time, right place” meetings where God has used you to encourage me to keep doing what I’m doing. My list of monthly supporters sits beside my computer everyday so I can be constantly reminded of who’s tangibly behind my ministry and investing in these kids. So, thank you. Although it may not be a fortune you are sacrificing to support me, you are part of the choir that resounds in my head telling me to keep going, to keep investing and to keep loving! (Hebrews 12:1-2)
With that in mind, I can use both more financial support, and more advocates for our ministry! We’ve begun to realize there are a lot of people that don’t know we exist and would love to be a part of what we do! Being an advocate for me (for us) is an untapped resource! We (I) need more supporters you can’t financially be a part of our ministry but know someone who can, this is an incredibly important way to contribute! We need $8,000-$10,000 to continue to run YFCHL this year. For some people that is not a big deal. For these kids, it’s their safety and self worth every week! Please consider partnering with us financially or advocating for us! We need the support!
Happy New Year everyone! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season!!!
2 Cor. 3:2-3