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The Light at the End of the Tunnel!

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We are so pleased to report that we are 89% fundraised for our monthly expenses and 100% for our startup funds! That means that if 20 friends supported us $25/month or only five at $100/month, we will be at 100% across the board! Would you consider helping us reach our goal with a monthly pledge? (or find out more about what we will be doing in Swaziland on our support page) God has been so faithful through this process, so we have no doubt we will meet our goal by the end of the month, even though it is less than two weeks away. Today and tomorrow, our home church, Capital, will be introducing us at all services to help us finish this fundraising strong. If we do meet our goal by September 30, we will be heading to Georgia for training the last two weeks of October, and will be on the ground in Swaziland the first week of November. Crazy! Thank you friends and family, for your support, encouragement and prayers. We would ask for your continued prayer for these next two weeks as we not only wrap up our fundraising, but also tackle logistics. Next week, Brandon and both our moms will be taking a road trip to Ohio to load some of our personal things on the shipping container which also brings much of the food for the Carepoints. I will be staying home with Zach to make travel easier for the others. Speaking of the little guy-…

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It has begun!

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Money. Yuck. We are now in the throes of fundraising for our move to Swaziland. I have always appreciated what money can do, but asking for it, even for the sake of ministry, is uncomfortable and sometimes even embarrassing. I’d love to just fly to Swaziland and start pitching in now and save the hassle and wait of the fundraising process. It doesn’t help that the two of us are introverts who have always strived to be self-sufficient. However, we recently heard a great perspective from our AIM executive director, Seth Barnes, and it’s reinvigorated us to keep pushing forward. Seth talks about how support raising reminds us of our reliance on God and that people want to give to a good cause. As we’ve seen the first donations roll in, we’re humbled that friends and family not only believe in what we are doing, but believe that the Lord can work through us. It has been so very encouraging to see the body of Christ rise up in Unity. We never thought that raising money could be exciting, but the truth is, seeing these acts of faith has us pumped! We appreciate prayers during the fundraising process as we have a lot to raise- $4,500/month for the next two years and $15,000 for the start-up costs (airfare, car, etc). We are especially in need of monthly supporters. If you haven’t received a fundraising letter yet, you may just get one soon. We welcome questions whether or not you plan on donating and of…

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10 Weeks Later…

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Today the little one is 10 weeks old! Zach is now 12lbs 10oz and 24.5″ long (90th percentile for height!). It’s so fun to watch him grow and develop- he’s been smiling for a month now, and boy, can he ham it up! My heart just melts. A few weeks ago, we had the privilege of dedicating him at church. Our church follows the example of Hannah dedicating Samuel to the Lord in 1 Samuel 1:21-28. Along with some other families, we pledged to raise our child in a way that honors God. Standing at the front of the church, I was just so filled with gratitude, knowing that God has entrusted us with this treasure we have long prayed for. “I am the very woman who stood here several years ago praying to the Lord. I asked the Lord to give me this boy, and he has granted my request. Now I am giving him to the Lord, and he will belong to the Lord his whole life.” 1 Samuel 1:26-28 This last Sunday we celebrated our 7th wedding anniversary. It was a bittersweet day as it would have been Adam’s 2nd birthday. I’m not sure that having Zachary made the day any easier than last year. If anything, having Zach now makes me realize just how much we missed out with Adam.  It does however make me treasure our time with Zach even more. It is truly an honor to be a parent and I hope Zach will always know just how…

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