The first house I ever lived in was on the same street as my church – and coincidentally had the same name too! Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Reno, TX started in the 1800’s, and in 1990 became the home church of yours truly.
Two years later my family moved around the corner from the church only a 1 mile trip to the driveway! As I grew up, Mt Olive taught me what family, leadership, challenging myself, and being discipled was all about. It taught me how to chase after God, and learn to help others do the same. At 20 years old I was called into missions and the individuals at MOB were 100% supportive in helping me get there! My home church gave me opportunities growing up that would prepare me for the things to come, even if I couldn’t see it then.
At the beginning of this year my church informed me that they would begin to support me monthly – it was encouraging, and affirming knowing that the church that raised me up is the same church sending me out! For a missionary overseas (or anywhere for that matter) it is one of the things that encourages you even on the toughest of days when it doesn’t seem worth it (yes, even missionaries have those days!)
In the same breath I was also told that every June they would hold a month long fundraiser to go towards some of my other one off expenses like Visas, Flights, and Field Outreaches.
Today I received news that totally BLEW ME AWAY!
The June fundraiser outcome was more than I could have ever expected, or asked for.
I want to take a moment to say thank you.
For all of you who know me, and even those that do not – you gave out of complete generosity, and I am speechless. Please know that I appreciate every donation, prayer, and encouraging word!!! Sometimes when people find out that I am from a small town, I usually think to myself “No…just a big family!” Thanks for standing behind me, believing for the impossible to become the possible, and being a part of the change in Australia and Papua New Guinea that we are making together with God.
I love you all, and will see you soon 🙂