My Support Letter for East Asia 2004
††††††††††† I can't believe it's already been a year since I graduated from college.† It feels like it was only yesterday when I walked across that stage to receive my diploma, marking the end of four years at Rice University. †I had no idea what the future had in store for me or where I was going, but if you had told me that I'd be a missionary in East Asia for a year with Campus Crusade for Christ, I would have called you crazy. Yet, that's exactly what I will be doing.† Pretty crazy, isn't it?
††††††††††† I started working at Reliant Energy only a week after graduation.† It was nice to have that kind of job security, but I knew I wasn't staying there permanently.† Let's just say I had this "gut" feeling about it.† Or maybe that feeling was just boredom; I'm not sure.† One day after work, I was standing at the bus stop and I kept thinking about how I'd rather be doing something more meaningful with my life than standing here waiting for a bus.†
One thought that crossed my mind was going overseas to East Asia.† During my involvement with Campus Crusade in college, I'd heard about the amazing things that God is doing there.† Like the early church in the book of Acts, the underground Christian churches have continued to thrive despite intense religious persecution from the government.† After being deprived of the truth for so long, the people of East Asia are hungering for the truth.† Matthew 9:37 describes the situation very accurately: "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few."
While I was
thinking about this, I received a call from my friend Sean.† He asked me if I'd like to go to a prayer
meeting at his church.† I picked up
another friend, Ted, who had just come back from
†††††††††† Ted was right: two short-term
missionaries shared about their experiences from East Asia.† After listening to them speak, I felt a
growing desire to join the awesome ministry in that country far, far away.† It was almost as if God were offering me a
challenge: "Just give me a chance to do something awesome and incredible
in your life.† Let go of everything you
know and just trust me:† I DARE YOU.† What?†
Are you chicken??" (ok, maybe not that
last part)† I prayed about
††††††††††† To be honest, I'm a little anxious about leaving, and I will especially miss my family and friends.† Sometimes, I wonder how God will provide and I worry about the future, but reading from God's Word always gives me comfort.† Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."†
††††††††††† My goal is to leave for East Asia August 11, but before I go, I face the challenge of raising financial support.† Like many other mission organizations, Campus Crusade for Christ is a non-profit organization and has no central funds to pay its missionaries.† They must raise all of their financial support.† I need to raise $1,700 in monthly support, as well as $12,000 to cover my airfare and settling-in expenses.† As I take this large step of faith to serve the Lord in ministry, would you prayerfully consider joining me as a partner in ministry by financially supporting me for $50, $75, or $100 per month?† If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask.
Thank you for considering my need,
Yours in Christ,
Zig2101 @ hotmail.com
If you're writing a check, please make it payable to Campus Crusade for Christ and mail it to my home address (email me first and Iíll send it to you).
You may also donate at: http://give.ccci.org/staffmember/?staff=2511
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