Maddie's Compassion Ablaze DTS
Organized by: Madeline Booher
Dear Friends and Family,
The most incredible door has been opened for me! As many of you know already, I am currently in Kona, Hawaii volunteering with a Christian missions organization called Youth With A Mission (YWAM.) At this time I have been here for a month + a few weeks. God has been molding my heart to be more for Himself, and I am the happiest I have been in a very long time. I was planning to stay just until July 23rd, but I have extended my trip by just a smidge. I will actually be staying in Kona until December!
December? Whaaaat? (I agree.) I will be taking part in a Discipleship Training School called Compassion Ablaze. During this school, 60 other students and I will go through three months of a lecture phase, where we will dig deeper into our faith and learn how to share God with other people. The lecture phase begins in September and ends in December. In December, shortly before Christmas, we will split up in different teams to reach the nations! The locations of our outreach trips will be determined when the school begins. Compassion Ablaze places its focus on mercy ministries and intercession - explained below in a quote from Compassion Ablaze’s blog (http://compassionablaze2012.tumblr.com/about):
“Our heart is for the margins of society and for issues of injustice – for women and children-at-risk, those caught in the trap of systemic poverty, those without a voice, the homeless, those struggling with life addictions, and those have been sexually abused, trafficked or enslaved. We don’t just want to talk about bringing the joy and freedom of the Gospel to the hard places, we want to actually do it - to do whatever it takes to bring the presence and fragrance of heaven to those too often forgotten.”
I am primarily asking for prayer for the upcoming months. Pray for our group of 60 or so who are putting our lives on hold to devote six months to the Lord. Pray for three months of lecture - for us to use our time wisely, in devotion and adoration. Pray for our three month outreach - for our yet to be known destinations, for our hearts to be open to new experiences yet full of God’s love to share. Pray for our fundraisers - for God’s will to be done in our finances and in those of our contributors.
I am in need of around $12,000 to complete this fundraising mission. If you are interested in partnering with me through donation, I will love to talk to you! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I can also provide an address to send checks to if you shoot me an email. I am suggesting a donation amount of $100 - if 120 partners donate $100 to my fundraiser, I will have my goal met! However, any donation amount is welcomed and greatly appreciated.
My DTS runs from September 25th, 2014 - March 13th, 2015. I will be working here in Kona with the Kokua Crew volunteers until DTS begins. I am in need of some living expenses support for the next three months with Kokua Crew as well, so please donate as God calls you to. I will appreciate your help! I am so excited for this new season in my life begin. If you are interested in receiving email updates during this fundraising period, please let me know at the email address listed above. I want to keep in touch with my supporters to let them know how their donations are being used and what I am up to in Kona.
Lecture phase (September-December): $4325.00
Outreach (December-March): $4500-$6000
Living expenses/miscellaneous for Kokua Crew and DTS: $2000
I need $1000 by the end of August as a deposit to keep my place in the school. The remaining lecture fees ($3325) will be due on September 25th, and outreach fees will be due on various deadlines throughout the quarter.
To those who have been supporting me and will in the future, thank you for your investment in missions! You are all such a blessing and I have so much appreciation.