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Once we had Andre, Vitaliy started doing documents. Before this, he hated it so much, he didn’t do stuff. But with a third child, it became “worth” the work.

So we get baby money from the government here– with each child, the govt pays the family some money and the sum grows from the first 3 children– after the 3rd, the sum stays the same.

Also, with 3 children, the family has the legal status of “many-children family.” And if you do the paperwork, you can get lots of discounts and free stuff. Like the kids can travel free on trains and buses, all the house utilities are cut by half or something.

So Vitaliy did all the paperwork, and voila– it’s a lot cheaper to do ministry in our village house. He’s a good steward with money.

Today he had to stop at a govt office, and here’s what it looks like:

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And here’s a thing I love about Ukraine– out of the building come 2 women who apparently work there, and they head to the fruit tree with a bowl, shake down some fruit, then head back inside 🙂 ❤

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I started doing this series months (years?) ago, when I was studying fundraising in the Bible. I was prompted to keep recounting how God provides.

The things I’ve seen lately:
***Friends and churches we’ve visited have been very generous with us financially and with gifts.
***They have also just supported us with love and listening. More than ever before, this visit I have desperately needed emotional support. The last term was … incredibly stressful. I’m really thankful for friends who’ve listened and encouraged.
***A church started supporting us.
***Another church wants to try fundraising for us 2ce a year.
***I’ve also been encouraged by the results reported from the crisis pregnancy hotline in Kiev. It’s hard, detailed, emotionally-taxing work, and it’s sweet to see fruit from that.

I want to mention, if you would like to help with operating costs for the rehab center or for the crisis pregnancy ministry, please let me know and I’ll send you information about these ministries.

As always, God has been so good, so “enough.” We’re very thankful.

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We love Barbara Cooney’s book Miss Rumphius.

In it, little Alice Rumphius dreams to 1) travel to faraway places and 2) live by the sea in her old age.

Her grandfather listens to her aspirations and tells her there’s a third thing she must do: Do something to make the world more beautiful.

And in this lovely story, Alice Rumphius, young then old, does all three.

After reading it, we’ve discussed how we can make the world more beautiful—keep our rooms clean, be kind, tell people about God.

This story has been on the shelf for a while, but it came back to me to day.

I asked the girls why we have Center Salvation (in our backyard). And Skyla answers:

And so it’s true. Center Salvation makes the world a more beautiful place. And we don’t do it alone. You can make the world a more beautiful place today, too:

http://igg.me/p/540529/x/2400922

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Think football. Think war.

Think that we need you. Because we do.

We’re doing a campaign to fund Center Salvation for a year.

A whole year.

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And I want to warn you about something before you watch this video and read about the campaign.

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Be ready to be a frontliner

It’s easy to see this information, then think, “Well, let me just wait a while and see how it goes.” “Maybe towards the end, if they still need something.” …. Or, “If I wait another month, I can give a little more.” ….

No.

Be first. Be the front.

Because you are how it goes. When you go forward, this campaign goes forward.

Do a little at the front. You can always come back and do more later. But being at the front is crucial.

Be a frontliner!

Here you go:

And here’s the link to the campaign where you can donate:

Funding Freedom in Ukraine! from alcohol and drug addictions to new life  in Christ

Thanks!

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I need all of you.

On October 1, Lord willing, I’ll be launching a campaign called “Funding Freedom” to raise $13,400 in 60 days.

I need you, each of you, to do one or more simple things to help me.

As you know, we have not raised monthly support that covers both our living and ministry needs. And we own this decision; we have chosen this 😀

For over a year now, God has been working with me personally about fundraising. I have blogged a lot about this (just search “fundraising” in the search box if you are interested) and continue to look to God’s leading me.

We have a wonderful, stable, mature supporting church in Chattanooga, TN, that loves us, knows us, and takes good care of us. I say that because missions is a work of the local church. Other than that, we have a few other great churches that support us and we have incredible friends who support us. Who so wondrously support us. And share in the fruit here.

God’s leading me into being more creative with fundraising, and I’m actually starting to really enjoy this and look forward to this campaign “Funding Freedom.” (If you didn’t know this already, I used to be a script writer for Christian home schooling videos. ;))

And I will repeat again: I need y.o.u., each and every one ofy.o.u.

Funding Freedom is raising money for the rehab center’s ministry needs for a year. Here’s is what you can do; it is very. simple.

1. You can give. It might be your pocket change; it might be an amount that really hurts you to give. Or it may be somewhere in between that. God will guide you.

2. You can promote this campaign among your friends. Social media is very easy to use! I’ll be posting campaign links on my FaceBook page, so you can share those with your friends. You can ask me to invite you to be an official promoter of the campaign. I need you to do either/or both of these things. And remember: it’s really very simple to do!

3. Pray for God to provide. He always has. He always will. And He delights in our asking.

4. Pray for my stamina during the campaign. So many videos and photos to share, so much we want people to see. God is so great. Endlessly great. And we want people to rejoice in His glory and work here.

So. I  need you, lovely friends.

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i found treasure

DSCN5934Almost a year ago exactly, I found and printed off this little booklet–after watching Gina’s youtube presentation about the way she prays.

So I started a big notebook–full-sized pages–and had page dividers and blank pages to write down prayers.

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I will tell you things as we go through these pictures of my prayer notebook.

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Back to the present: The last week or two has been strange in that I have no delight in reading my Bible. I stopped reading It mostly. I’m not recommending this as a regular course of action, and at all other times in my life, I have just continued reading my Bible anyways (Amen. This is a blessed thing to do. This is one of the greatest disciplines to have in one’s life.) DSCN5937

I’m not sure why this time is different. I told Vitaliy about this, that I have no desire to read my Bible, which I usually run to do. And he said, why don’t you take a break for a while then. DSCN5939

Now, off and on for the past year or more, I’ve been wanting, been moved by God’s Spirit, etc. to pray more. I am not satisfied with my prayer life. Yesterday, I was reminded of this and bought a huge notebook to use for prayer.

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You see, reading and studying and writing are what I naturally do. I love to read and study and write.

Did I mention that I love to read and study and write?

Surely by now you know that I love to read and study and write. DSCN5941

So what happens is, in my private time to pray, read, and study, and journal/write, I do it all but pray.

Well, I do pray some. But I don’t pray consistently or regularly. I read, study, and write consistently and regularly. But prayer gets short shrift.

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I am even so wired about this, that I feel like I’m not really praying (when I’m sitting down to pray) if I’m not writing down every word.

I’m serious.

I’m cereal, as the girls like to joke.

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So anyway, I had started this prayer notebook a year ago, done it for a few months, and then I made it too complicated and messy, trying to keep midwifery stuff, fundraising stuff, family stuff, all crammed in there.

so I set it aside. And went on reading and studying and writing. Praying at times throughout the day. But not praying regularly and consistently for my family and faith family as I should. DSCN5944

So I take this notebook down again today. And I see ways I want to simplify it—way to much writingwritingwriting. I see now clearer ways I want to divide things up, categories I need to pray for, things to emphasize.

Ways to make this great idea my own personal thing.
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See what I found in it? Lovely treasures! DSCN5948

I checked off answered prayers … DSCN5950 DSCN5952

Found the things I want to be praying for regularly. DSCN5953

And this!!! “Moving out to house; finishing second building”

I started this page on 25 September 2012. A year ago, minus 2 days.

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The last entry before I put this prayer book down says “3 Nov [2012] Indefinite delay of moving out.”DSCN5955

Big grin. And here we are!! All cozied up in our little house. The guys in the new building. … Wow, God. You did it!

And I found this page about the crisis pregnancy center starting up. And I see now all the answers to prayers, the hotline that rings almost daily now. …

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Yes, I found a treasure. I’m going to rework this notebook and live in it for a while, praying the Scripture that I love to read, study, and write about.

And working on memorizing John 14.

You see, God wants me to learn to do the things I don’t do naturally. It’s discipline. And this treasure helps me taste the joy that will be multiplying in the years to come.

We have a very creative, communicative, personal God.

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Two wonderful things happened that were just God-straight-to-me kind of things.

So, August 18 rolls around, and I don’t know how we’re going to get through the month without running every little pot of savings into the ground. Still half the month left.

So I mull about this. I have some clients who haven’t paid me yet but will when I get to them … So I think, well, God, maybe that’s it, this is how You’ll provide for us. So when should I plan to go see them?

And God, well, you know how God can just let you know things. And I knew I was not to push that plan and wait and pray and just not worry about it. But I certainly saw no other options for provision in sight.

DSCN5616 DSCN5612My friend pictured here is on deputation to be a missionary here and she came for a month’s visit, and she so wondrously made time to stay with us for a few days. She literally was my arms and legs, while I was holding a teething, sick, fussy baby. She washed tons of dishes and fruits, cut apples, cleaned grapes, cleaned the house, home schooled the girls, babysat, drank coffee with me, you name it.

I saw her off on the train tonight. She slips a card in my hand at the last second. So I open it later, and she has stashed 200 dollars there!

DSCN5634oh my word. Thank You, God. He is so wonderfully personal.

Then, talk about being personal and specific, I’ve been wanting a world map. We have a placemat-sized one somewhere that I can’t find. And I wanted something a little bigger. Priced them upstairs in the mall at the bookstore, but 25 dollars is an awful lot for a map.

So …. so so so. I’m at my friend Tulipgirl’s house today. Not only does she load me up with great books, is buying more that I need for home school, gave me things for the center and boxes for packing,  … she is giving me an ENORMOUS world map!

oh my word.

what more can I say? I need to end this post somehow.

Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.  It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
(Psa 127:1-2 NAS)

I feel as though God has given to me “in my sleep.”

P.S. Josie’s comment reminded me of another incident I wanted to share. My missionary friends provided several loaner dresses for Skyla and Vika to be flower girls in the wedding a few weekends ago:

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