The following is a letter from my son John asking for partnership and support as he joins “The Experience” this summer. He is responding to God’s call on his life to see a kingdom laborer movement rise up in Canada. Hope you are challenged and encouraged as you read…
“Over the last two years of my life, God has been opening my eyes to a calling that I believe He is putting on my heart for this world. There are hearts, young and old, that are longing for something more, longing for something different. I want to be a part of building God’s Kingdom to reach and welcome these people into God’s reality for this world. Our mission as followers of Christ is to build God’s Kingdom with Christ. We are Kingdom Builders. That is our call. This is my call.
This coming summer, there is an opportunity for me to start on a one year journey with a ministry organization called “Kingdom Building Ministries”. I will travel to Denver, Colorado and join in with 15 to 20 young adults across the United States, to take part in an intense discipleship program, called “The Experience”. I will be working with a trainer, one-on-one, who will be discipling, encouraging, and praying with me.
Stage two involves going to Haiti and the Dominican Republic to take part in multi-cultural ministry and I will be continuing to grow with my discipleship trainer as well as the group of young adults. Following this, we join in on a teen camp called “Deep Camp” where we become councilors and work with teens – starting our own discipleship relationships.
We then enter the “Wandering” stage. During this time we will be traveling through the United States encountering different ministry opportunities that are meant to stretch us and open our eyes to the world that is in front of us and to see it through God’s eyes.
We then return to Denver where we take time and just reflect on everything we have just experienced and let ourselves dream with God. What is it that He’s calling us into? How are we to change this world? How are we to be Kingdom Builders? This is a dreaming stage.
Lastly, we prepare to head home. The discipleship trainer and I set goals and plans for the next year at home. My trainer will be checking on me weekly and working through everything I experienced during the summer. We will be regularly praying together and seeing what God is doing through everything that happened during “The Experience.”
I feel, more than I have anything else, that THIS is where God wants me this summer. I believe that this is the next step in my journey.
God has been opening my eyes and my heart to a new world, but to take this next step into my call, I believe “The Experience” needs to happen. This is what I am asking you to pray about.
“The Experience” does require a cost. For me to take part in the entire program it will cost me $5,000. This total needs to be in by May 21st and I am far from that $5,000 goal. I will need at least $800 of that by May 6th to book my plane ticket to Haiti and Dominican Republic. I’m asking for pledges- either a set amount or even a certain amount of financial support over a period of four months, May through August. I am asking that you search God’s heart on this and if He is putting it on your heart to support me on this, please follow that call. This is going to be a time of discovery and direction that I feel like I have been searching for a long time.
More importantly, I need prayer.
I have been on a journey for the last two years of asking and pleading for God to show me His heart for this world and where He has me in His plan. I believe I have found where He wants me, but I need to continue seeking His heart and discovering what it means for me to be a Kingdom Builder.
I cannot wait to share with you what God has done in my heart this summer when I return in August. I believe God can do miracles and I believe God will provide. Thank you for entering this journey with me and discovering what it means for all of us to be Kingdom Builders and show this world the love and hope God has called us to share.
If God is putting it on your heart to give financially or to be praying with me for this, please connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or by cell at 1-506-608-8927. Tax deductible receipts will be provided for all financial gifts.”
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