There is so much to update everyone on this month! It has been a good & busy month, as I hope all of you have enjoyed your December as well! For starters, I was allowed to train a few days this month to start getting into the swing of things with the goal & hope being that I would be funded enough at the end of December to get approval to start working full time in January. I am happy to announce that although I’m not as close as they had hoped and asked me to be, I have been approved to start working full time in January! I will start officially on the 2nd or 3rd of January, but still have some training to get through before I can jump into starting to connect with churches and groups to book speaking engagements and such. I am still in need of about $233 in monthly partnerships or about $5,600 in one time donations to be fully funded so I must continue to make connections for donations, but I am extremely thankful that the Lord has brought in some unexpected donations this month that have brought me much closer to being fully funded! I am confident that He will continue to bring in the remaining needed amount if I remain faithful to following His Will, as He has already brought surprises this month! It has been recommended that maybe I even try to raise a little above this amount because some things are more expensive than was originally anticipated for this coming year, but again this entire process is reminding me that none of this is in my control, so I must continue to come to a place where I trust and rely fully on God to open hearts & provide what is needed in ways ONLY HE CAN!!!!
This month has been full of snow & cold, more so than they usually experience here, so that has been a not so fun adjustment for me, since the last few years I’ve been in nice hot tropical sort of climates this time of year, but it has been interesting to be in the states for the holidays for the first time in 3 years. Everything here has been about new experiences & that continues. I was able to spend Christmas with my best friends & their family (they live about 3 blocks walking distance from me). It was a joy to be able to see the kids faces & reactions on Christmas morning and to be able to share that special time with them! I have also been meeting a few people here from some various activities and starting to build a small group of people to connect with in addition to my best friends. It’s never a fast process, but I am thankful that the Lord is already bringing positive people into my life! As I look back over December, I realize that as much as I hated not being able to work full time this month, there were many blessings in being able to have this time off, both in making new connections and helping out others! As always, Jesus knows best if we can just maintain our trust in Him!
I want to express major gratitude to each and every one of you who is supporting me through prayer, financial assistance, and connections/contacts! I could not be where I am & preparing to follow God’s calling on my life into full time ministry without each of you! Please continue to pray for my transition into figuring out what a schedule/routine will look like for me on a daily basis as there will be huge shifts this month. I desire to remain committed to keeping in touch, praying for the requests of those who are a part of this journey with me, & making sure everyone feels updated about what I am currently doing. Please let me know if you have individual requests I can add to my prayer list as well!
I pray that each of you had amazing Christmas celebrations with family/friends & that you are preparing to have fun New Year’s celebrations as well! I will plan to update sometime in mid or late January to let everyone know how full time work is going and when training is over. If anyone has questions please let me know with a message here, facebook, email, or a connection over the phone, call or text. I want to live my life in a transparent way so that I can be an open representation of the work the Lord is doing in & through me thanks to all those who are making it possible! Much love & prayers to all!