I'm going to India in February and I need your help!
I've felt drawn to India for several years now. Since I've been at Cross Point there have been a number of mission trip opportunities to India. Every time I'd hear about a new trip I'd get that sick feeling in the pit of my stomach. That feeling when you know you should do something but you really don't want to.
So I would go to the interest meetings. I would talk to friends who had been to India about their experiences. One time I even e-mailed our missions pastor about a trip. I'd do all I could to pursue an Inda trip without actually going to India. In my head I was thinking of all the excuses why I shouldn't go. "It costs too much." "I don't have the time." "I can't be off work that long."
Then a few weeks ago we had a Sunday at Cross Point devoted to global missions. We watched a video of Pastor Pete traveling to all of Cross Point's global mission partners worldwide including SEED Society (http://seedsocietykolkata-com.webs.com) in Kolkata, India. Coincidentally it was the same Sunday I volunteered to run a camera for the broadcast team. I got to watch that video four times that day. By the fourth I knew I couldn't keep making excuses.
So last week I signed up to go to India. I put my deposit down while at a missions event before I had time to think about it anymore. February 5 I'll be leaving with a team from Cross Point to travel to Kolkata.
I'd be lying if I said I wasn't scared. I have no idea what to expect. First thing that jumped out when I looked up India on the CIA World Factbook was, "Major infectious diseases: degree of risk: high." I'm already dreading coming back to work after being off 9 days. I've felt overwhelmed at the thought of raising $2800 in 4 months more than once. I'm not sure how God's going to get me there or what's going to happen once I'm there. I'm just trying to be obedient and do what I feel I'm suppose to be doing.
What can you do? You can definitely pray. I'm not kidding about being overwhelmed. I have a lot of work to do between now and February. I need to prepare myself mentally and spiritually. There are some shots I need to get. Then there is the whole money thing. Which brings me to another way you can help.
Mission trips cost money. Why would you give money? Because you love me. Because my story has inspired you. Maybe you don't have time or energy to go on a mission trip to India but you have funds. I have the time and energy and could use your funds. It's tax deductable. Whatever your reason for support is I would greatly appreciate it.