Last post, I wrote about my chance to ask my church family at Belfast U.M. church for support — prayer & financial — for my work with HOPE61. Well, the pastor there also pastors another nearby church, in Caneadea. He asked if I was interested in speaking there too! So Sunday I went to Caneadea’s service at 9:00 AM & then Belfast’s at 10:50. This was my first time officially presenting my ministry & I was quite nervous. I only spent up to 10 minutes each time, but was encouraged by the responses in both places. Afterwards “Uncle” Bruce & “Aunt” Donna Hess (OMS missionaries-in-residence at Houghton & mentors to me through this process), who came to Belfast to support me!, took me out to lunch at Ace’s.
Uncle Bruce lent me a book called “Funding Your Ministry” by Scott Morton. I’ve only been reading it for two days, but it’s already been so helpful. Morton stresses the importance of having a “dazzling vision” when asking for support (meaning more than just money, but also prayer and encouragement).
“When I say ‘dazzling vision,” writes Morton “I’m not talking about sensationalism or superficial hype. I’m referring to your genuine personal ministry dream. It is dazzling because you’re deeply passionate about it (33).”
This is something I decided to consciously stress during any future presentations — not so that I’ll be wildly successful, but because I honestly care about justice, human trafficking, and how God has asked his children to be abolitionists — and I want others to catch on to this too! Morton’s book also gives several Biblical examples, primarily through the Levites, Jesus, & Paul, of those who are put into full-time service of raising support. While I have nothing against those who feel called to “tent making,” I’m currently a part of a faith mission. Instead of dreading this, I’m excited to have a good “excuse” to talk to so many people about the Philippines & the problem of modern slavery.
A few weeks ago I emailed several churches asking if I could come to speak this summer or fall. Today, I heard back from two of them! One (in NY) said yes & gave me the option of a few dates in October, their Missions Emphasis month. The other (in NJ) is going to be bringing my request before their missions committee. Both sent me messages of encouragement that made me very happy!
As far as Mayterm goes…this is week 4. The last week. Oh my word. There’s so much I still want to do! And so much homework. My Holocaust research paper is due (it’s on memorial and remembrance), as well as my creative project (remembrance service). There are also a few reading responses.
So, in light of all that — I guess it’s time to go. Here is a short glimpse into the past week here at Old Bentley with Heather: