Your financial help makes it possible for me to befriend, serve and love the homeless and hurting with the gospel of Christ.
I am writing to tell you about an amazing blessing that God has granted me this summer. I am going to be working for Kentucky’s oldest gospel mission, Jefferson Street Baptist Center (JSBC) in Louisville. I will be a part of the Hope for Louisville ministry. Hope for Louisville is a radical opportunity for young adults to love the homeless and hurting through intentional living and service lead by Christ and supported by a strong Christian community.
Over the past eight months, the Lord has placed a growing passion for the homeless and those living in poverty on my heart. I am eager to begin this unique, and very scary, journey God has for me. I am also thrilled to be a little outside my comfort zone and experience God in a whole new way. I’ve always been taught that the greatest things happen when Christians are living their life completely in God’s will, even if that means doing things that I’ve never done before. I am looking forward to seeing the Lord work in Louisville in ways that I can’t imagine. I cannot express to you how ecstatic I am to join JSBC in the work that they are already a part of in Louisville.
To get right to it, I will be going in as a missionary-learning how to make a difference in one of life’s toughest situations. The people I will meet are battling drugs, crime, violence, and poverty, which are all very real hardships in the community. My mission is to help make the love of Christ real to these people by serving and simply living their life with them, but I also have a second motive in going; I want to deepen my relationship with Christ through serving these people. Throughout the Bible, Jesus was constantly found with the ‘lepers’ of society, and that is where I need to be to grow closer to Him.
Practically speaking, I need to secure the financial support to pay for the cost of living while I am in Louisville, which includes lodging, food, transportation, insurance costs, bills, and a small stipend. While this seems like a lot, I am happy to tell you that the cost is $800 a month, for only a total of $2,400. Utilities, washer and dryer, and many meals will be provided by JSBC. Anything you can give will bring me closer to this goal and make my vision possible.
Whether or not you are able to donate, I ask that you send me your prayers. Everyday I will need new courage and strength to overcome the challenges that I will undoubtedly face during this journey.