Update July 2012!

Support Update!
Hello Friends!  Just wanted to send out a quick update to let you know the latest on my support raising for service with Flying Mission in Zambia.  God is continuing to work!!  My monthly support totals have reached 90%.  This is great news and I am almost there!  I am hoping to get the remaining 10% in the next month before I leave so that I will not have to worry about support raising while I am at flight training in North Carolina.  As of today, July 27th I have left my full time position with Kent State!  I have hit the point of no return!! 🙂 I will be working part time for the remaining few weeks I am in Ohio, as well as focusing on finishing up my support raising.  There are so many different things that must be done, I am feeling just a bit overwhelmed, but I know it will all get taken care of before I go.
  Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone that has become part of my prayer and financial team! The momentum is building!  If you are wanting to join the financial or prayer team now is the time!!!! Even if you can only do $25 or $50 a month, every little bit helps!  If you click on the “Pledge” link you will be forwarded to my new website where you can print and send in the donation from. Also feel free to email or call me with any questions.  For more regular updates on my go to my websitewww.weaversworldtravels.com and click on the “follow” link.
I have felt God’s blessing from all of you who have been praying for me!  God has given me new confidence and excitement in the past month for what He is doing in my life.  I would still ask for prayer that I can honor God in how I ask for support and that the needed funds will come in. As well as His continued work in my heart to prepare me for this HUGE life change ahead of me.  Thank you for all of the support and love I have felt over the past months.  I wouldn’t be here without so many people behind me.  THANK YOU!
Tentative Timeline
Many of you have asked how soon until I leave, and if things continue to progress as they have, I am hoping to reach 100% of my fundraising needs by the end of August!   Then the Lord willing this is how my next 6 months will look!
  • August 27th-December 19th 2012–Prefield flight training with JAARS in Waxhaw, NC.
  • December 20th 2012-January 2013— Back in Ohio saying my goodbyes and tying up loose ends.
  • January 21st 2013-February 8th 2013— Cross Cultural Ministry Training with MTI in Colorado.
  • February 9th or after— Leave for Zambia!!!!

Unexpected beginnings…

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I was looking through old pictures today and I came upon pictures from the very first “overseas” missions trip that I took, all the way back in 2001.  In retrospect I see that my call towards cross cultural missions was in many ways begun and solidified during this trip.  It was just a week and a half trip to Ouanaminthe, a village in Haiti, right on the border of the Dominican Republic, but my eyes were opened to the reality that much of the world lives in a very different way than I had ever known, and I was intrigued by that.  We worked with a school there run by a Haitian, Hugues Bastien, who had the advantage of an education in the United States, but felt called to go back to his home town in Haiti to start a school.  His school, Institution Univers, has grown immensely since I was there, and it is cool to see what God is doing there.  We did vacation bible school camps with the kids and carried cement blocks to help with the building of a gymnasium/auditorium for the school.  Image

While I do not remember all that many details from the trip, I did keep my first ever journal while I was there, and re-reading those entries brings back some of the thoughts that started swirling through my young mind.  Here are a couple  tidbits of what I wrote 11 years ago.  🙂

My thoughts on the Haitian church service we attended:  “They get into their worship.  We need more of this in America.  They are having fun worshiping, they don’t care about things, they are just having fun.”  “God is alive and well in churches all over the world.  More alive than in America as far as worship goes.”  I remember being surprised by the building the church was held in because it didn’t look like what I thought a church should look like, but after experiencing the enthusiasm and life that was inside, it was obvious that the building didn’t matter.  The picture below shows the church, I’m not sure if it was still in construction, or perhaps the scaffolding was just a permanent fixture.  Image

On the missions experience as a whole I wrote:  “I could easily see myself doing this for my life.  It isn’t the selfish life I have dreamed about, but I think it would certainly be fulfilling.  I think God can use me.  I want to wait and see exactly where he is calling me.”  Then a few days later, “I feel called to missions, but I don’t think to [working with] kids.  I really have problems handling them for any long period of time.  I’m tired it has been a long week and I have done work.”  Haha so I guess that summed the trip up pretty well.  I remember that the only Haitian Creole word that I remembered after the trip was “be quiet” because I had to tell the kids that so many times during the bible lessons.  Image

My heartstrings were certainly tugged on by the poverty I saw, and I wanted to be able to help in tangible ways.  I still do.  And I think that it is awesome that God has now given me the skills to do that.  The Bible is clear on its position on the poor and needy.  “He who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.”  Proverbs 14:31.  I am so excited that after all this time I am finally close to being able to head overseas long term to help the poor and take the Gospel to the needy.  If you ever have the chance to go on a short term overseas missions trip, DO IT!  It’s amazing how God works as much, if not more, in our lives on these trips as he does in the lives of those we have gone to serve.  Image