I'm going to India with my church in November, and I need your help to get there!
HI! My name is Karen and I'm going to India in November!
I guess that's pretty obvious from the title, the summary, and the basic gist of this page. What's not obvious is why I'm going and why I need your help.
I’ve been given the gift of grace and hope through my faith. I am a Christian. I am a follower of Jesus, and without him, I would have not had any of this. The only time I have ever felt truly full is when I have been overwhelmed by the power of Him. And He has given me a heart that yearns for more adventure, more joy, more ambition, and above all, more love.
And I need to have that adventure. I need to bring my joy and my love wherever I can. I have more love to give than I know what to do with. And I’ve been presented with opportunities to do just that.
I go to Cross Point Community Church in Nashville, TN.
My eyes have been opened to the incredible work this church does all over the world, hand in hand with mission and church groups globally. When I felt the calling to go and spread love and to bring joy and hope and faith and knowledge, I knew this was it. It took every ounce of me to hold back what tears I could. I was overwhelmed. There was no holding back now, this is it. I have been called.
I decided on Kolkata, India because of many reasons, the most influential being the challenge I know it will bring me. I've never been very confident around children, although I know I'm pretty good around them. As well, I've grown up in relative privelege, and the people we will be going to have never experienced it. I want to bring them all of the love and joy that life and God can provide, privelege or not, and show them that hope and faith can provide anything you need.
Now, I need your help. I can solely fund this trip from my job, but after careful budgeting, I wouldn't be able to have any sort of savings for when I get back. The trip is $2,800 in all, and I've already set the $200 deposit down, paid for a passport (that thing is expensive!!!), and set aside a strict budget, but it won't be enough. I need your help - no matter how small the contribution. I've been baking to raise money so if there's something I can make for you and it can be shipped, (I can bake practically anything!) please let me know.
After I get back, I will be putting together an album and a scrapbook so I can share my journey with everyone.
Your support, prayers and donations are more than a gift to me, they are a true blessing, and I cannot wait to go on this exciting adventure!!