Thursday, May 9, 2013

Getting Support

Shalom!

I am grateful for all of the wonderful people that I know and the grand experiences that I have had. In August I get to begin my journey in South Africa with YAGM (Young Adults in Global Mission). I find out where I will be living and what I will be doing at the end of June. For now, I get to talk with others and share the exciting news of my future. The ELCA is very supportive of young adults in global mission, and work with us to make sure we create a community of people who will support us, financially, spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. We are not in this alone and I LOVE that aspect of mission. With my busy schedule, and all of your busy schedules, I have been looking to find ways to get in touch with people to let them know about this, and I knew I would be blogging while I am in S. Africa, so why not start now? I want to reach out and ask for help. With this lovely experience of being sent out to be messed up, I need support. The ELCA requires that each YAGM member raise $4,000.

Here is the tricky part- finding ways to raise support in the few days that I have before I head off to camp for the summer. Talking with my housemate, I found a wonderful online tool called gofundme.com. You can go to my page at http://www.gofundme.com/2v5zqk. This website provides an easy way to coordinate funding and will allow you an easy way to donate. Since I am using a sponsored website, there is a charge of 5% from every donation. If you would like to write a check and send it in directly to the ELCA, you can click on the support a volunteer link and download the donation form on the ELCA webpage. (click here YAGM Support ). If you would like to do this, please make sure to include my name and GCS3052 (Elle Janss -GCS3052) on the memo line of your check. By doing this, you will ensure that the money you donate will go support me. Thank you all for your support financially, and spiritually. Please continue to be with me this year as I grow and learn.