Hey Peeps! I am excited, and a little nervous, to let you in on what I'm launching into. In early April I will be spending a week with Shaun and Maria Sheahan, a missionary couple who minister with a team in San Diego and across the Mexican border into Tijuana. They are part of Church Resource Ministries (http://www.crmleaders.org and http://www.crmleaders.org/teams/mc-sandiego ). They have 30 years of ministry experience with the last 8 in San Diego, doing leadership development, mentoring, missional communities, and revitalizing churches to minister to the poor --y’know, all those things I lie awake thinking of, and that half the books on my coffee table are about? I will be shadowing them to see every aspect of their work, towards discerning whether to make a 2-yr commitment to minister alongside them. I am wildly hoping this is a good fit on both sides, and have been learning Spanish in preparation.
Why do I want to do such a thing? Because I have felt the pull for many years now to live outside the US, to become bilingual, to understand the immigration issue from direct experience not soundbites, and to be part of forming faith communities that respond with practical compassion. I want to become the person God is inviting me to become. Deep transformation requires radical dependence. So this is my next step.
I am asking for both your prayer support and financial support. Prayer needs are for fairly obvious things: wisdom, discernment, safety, openness. I truly want this to be something God is weaving together and not just a great idea that I want to see happen. Several of you have already been very encouraging and I am grateful for that. This will be transformative for me, and I hope for you as well. I want you with me from the beginning. Please let me know if you can join me this way.
The trip costs are ~$650. While it would be a stretch right now, I could possibly cover that myself. But I want to do this next season of my life in community, so I am asking you to join me in the expenses. This trip is for discernment not only of a ministry fit, but also whether I am being sent from a prayerful community who is willing to help fund this step and what it could lead to. If I can’t raise $650, there is no way I will raise a hundred times that for a two year commitment!
Sending this first letter is also a huge leap for me, because I have never raised support . . . and it terrifies me. Growing up, I was taught to never talk about money, and to do everything for myself. I can rappel down Devil’s Tower and go on solo trips in the Boundary Waters with no problem, but ask for money?! I need to do this just to prove to myself that it will not kill me. None of you will throw a brick through my window, slash my tires, or un-friend me on Facebook, right? Right??
Some of you are so crazy generous you may want to write a check for the whole amount. Tempting as it is to let you, I truly do need this to be a wide partnership, so the maximum amount I want anyone to send is 10% of the whole, or $65. Hey, Scripturally, 10% represented the whole so in essence it will be the same thing. For now checks can be written to and sent to me. If I do a longer commitment, money will go through a ministry (and hopefully provide tax exemption). You’ll have to trust me not to spend it all on chocolate and books. I will certainly be sending a report-back letter with photos so you’ll know what happened! HA
I am grateful for each of you in my life, and thrilled that I can share this adventure with you. Feel free to email, text, or call (651.329.2250) with any questions or thoughts. I would love to hear from you!
Con esperanza (with hope),