Dear Friends and Family,
God is good. I wrapped up my second-to-last semester as an engineering student yesterday, and it is wonderful to know that I have almost finished this stage of my life. I love Cedarville, the friends I have made, and how I have grown, but I am ready to move on.
I believe God is calling me to become a “tent-maker urban community developer.” God has blessed me with an excellent education in a needed field, and I intend to work to support my family and God’s ministry through me financially, as long as the Lord allows. The term “community development” has been made well known by Dr. John Perkins and his CCDA and refers to people committing to serve an under-resourced urban community long-term seeking relocation, reconciliation, and redistribution. The Church has unfortunately mostly left our cities, and the majority of the Image of God is in our cities.
In my pursuit of this calling, I am planning to return for my fourth and final year as a Cedarville student to the Urban Hope Training Center in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia over our Spring Break. I will be again leading this team, which God has allowed to double nearly in size this year to 14 students! This is an urban immersion and ministry training experience, exposing us to a vast array of both assets and needs of the city and how to use these to share the good news of Jesus and restore broken souls.
I write to ask you to consider supporting myself and my team through prayer for the following:
- Unity and great conversation amongst the team.
- Ample opportunities to interact with community residents and church staff.
- Deepened love for God and what He loves as He exposes us to cross-cultural missions without ever crossing saltwater.
Also, I have been asked to help defray the cost of transportation, housing, and meals for this important ministry. My goal is to raise $310 toward the expense of this trip, and if you feel led to partner with me financially in this endeavor, I would greatly appreciate it! Any financial gifts will go toward our general team expenses, and Cedarville University maintains full discretion over how we will use the funds. Financial contributions will be tax-deductible and acknowledged with a receipt.
Thank you so much for your support, and I invite you to follow my blog for updates as we prepare and debriefing reflections and reports upon our return.