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Training Day

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We have arrived safely in Gainesville, GA! We have two weeks of missionary training here before heading to Swaziland. We haven’t done much training yet as today was our first day, but we did get a tour around the Adventures in Missions headquarters and learned about many of their programs. The training and class schedule looks well thought out and we’re looking forward to the sections on leading from our strengths and conflict resolution (handy in or out of the mission field!) It should be a great couple of weeks. During the weekends, we get to visit with my sister Sheryl and her husband Dave, since they live just an hour away from here. “Here” is a cute vacation home on Lake Lanier that a generous family is donating to us during our time here. We are hoping to go fishing at the dock just a few hundred feet from our back porch. Both Brandon and I haven’t fished since we were kids- it’ll be exciting if we get to reel something in! Cheers for now! grace and peace, Melinda  

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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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Mission to Swaziland

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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