Hey Guys. I wanted to share with you some numbers so that you have a better understanding of what my goals are and what I need to rise to be able to go. As you can see here my monthly need is $3,582 for 26 months (two years on the field and two months home assignment) plus $13,691 in one-time costs to get there. That’s a grand total of $106,823!
When I look at that number it seems like an impossible amount. But we know, no number is too big for God! Already, between pledges and one-time donations, we have raised $13,630! Only $93,193 to go! Every dollar counts and just like no number is too big for God also no number is too small. $13,630 wasn’t raised by one person, but by several people giving what they could and pledging different amounts over the next two years. Thank you to everyone who has already given and to everyone who is considering what they can give as well!
Hey Guys! I’m still at it! My goal to go to the October training was missed so, my new goals are in place! The next training that I need to go to is in February. So, my hope is to be 100% funded by February so that I’m ready to be on the field in March.
I had a wonderful time in Ireland and I feel much more prepared for what the next two years will hold. For those of you who didn’t know, I’m back in NC. I’ll be until I reach 100% so let the work begin!
Monday I went to Dundrum and meet the lovely people at RIOT (Revival In Our Town.)
I’ll be working with RIOT at least once a week when I move here and perhaps more when I have down time from SFS.
RIOT works is Dundrum to connect with the youth and provide a safe place for them come and hangout, have fun and learn about God.
These are of the youth center. It’s open every Friday night and more when teams are in town to hang out with them.
This is the RIOT house. It holds somewhere around 26 people and it’s where the teams stay when they are here. It can also be used as a tourist destination.
Oh, Dundrum also has a castle! Happy days!
So today we came home from the New Horizon family conference that Salt Factory Sports was volunteering with. We were there from the 4th through the 11th. In the mornings we got to listen to some great speakers and in the evenings we ran some sports and lessons for the 8-10 year olds. It was a great week.
This is the sports center at the university where we ran our program in the evenings.
This is the Big Top where most of the event happened. This is the same tent they use for Summer Madness (the youth conference that I helped out with last year) and both have been going on for about 30 years now. The videos are of the band playing while people arrived. People did stand up and sing along after I took the videos.
So here I am setting in the airport waiting for my plane, and it occurred to me that you might not know what is going on. Well, I’m going to Ireland! WHAT!?! You’re moving already? No, I’m just going to be gone for 3 weeks. I’m going to be helping out with a summer camp and meeting people that I’ll be working with once I move there. My hope is that this will be a great time of renewal and helping me prepare for the next few years of my life.
So now that you know that here is a recap of what’s been going on.
June and July
The Journey has Begun!
I’m so excited to get started! June was a wonderful month full of training and prep work for partner raising and getting to the mission field.
In June I attended MO (Missionary Orientation.) MO is a week-long training for newly appointed missionaries. The first photo is from a group activity where we had to creatively tell the story of when Nehemiah went before King Artaxerxes. The second photo is one I took on my second day there.
So what’s next?
In August I am working on putting together a partner team. There are many different ways you can partner with me, one of which you are already doing by reading this newsletter!
So for those of you who love lists here is a list of ways to partner.
1 Join the Prayer Calendar
2 Financial Partnership
3 Sign-up for the Newsletter
5 Follow Along
I would love to talk with you more in detail if you would like to know more ways you can partner! Feel free to shoot me a message or an email anytime. Let’s talk!
To sign up for the prayer calendar pick a day of the month you would like to be praying for me on and I’ll be praying for you on that day too!
You can join the prayer calendar here:
To become a financial partner you can join here:
Hey guys. Wow, how time flies! Around this time last year I was preparing for my big trip to Ireland. I remember hoping that God would show me what my next step was, but bracing myself that it might be awhile before He would. Well, while I was in Ireland He made it very clear to me that He was calling me there. It was like He was saying to me “Erin, I’m a big God. You can expect big things.” That’s just one of the many lessons God taught me last Summer.
So what have I been doing this past year? Oh, good question. I’m glad you asked! Ever since I got home I’ve been working with TEAM (The Evangelical Alliance Mission) in preparing for the next steps of becoming a Mid-term missionary. I have also been working with my church as an Intern for the children’s ministry. This has been really great in helping me prepare for full time ministry and seeing the ends and outs of how a ministry is run.
So what’s next? Well, at the end of April I was officially appointed as a Mid-Term missionary to N. Ireland! I still have a long road ahead of me before I get there. Honestly I’m not sure all of what that entails. But I’ll find out in the next two weeks. I’m heading to the mountains from the 10th through the 16th for mission orientation. I will learn more details of what the next two years will look like for me as well as how to fundraise and much more.
I’m going to get better at posting here as I go through this journey. If you have any questions please feel free to ask.
In my mind I had shared these photos a long time ago but I’m just now realizing that I didn’t. So here they are.
This is on cave mountain overlooking the north coast. I love this view!
This was at the end of Summer Madness. After the last seminar our group huddled up crying and praying together. It was a time that I will always cherish.
This guy has broken world records on his bike. He uses his story to share the gospel with kids and teens and anyone who will lessen. This kid kept coming back to see his tricks. He was so patient with the kid and took time to show him how to fix his bike and let him ride it.
This was at the hostel where we were staying. I love it!
Some of the guys on our team built a half pipe and were able to share the gospel with the teens who came out to skate it.
I arrived home Tuesday evening and have been resting for the past day and a half. Thank you everyone for your prayers. I will be posting more pictures over the next few weeks.
First day of Kids Club was great. 1 down 4 to go!