"You can always give without loving, but you can never love without giving."
—Amy Carmichael, missionary in India for 55 years
Fundraising for India has been an incredible journey for me. I started offering ads on this blog last Oct and I was set on doing that until the beginning of this year. However, once wedding plans happened, I wasn't too focused on going to India since, well, I was planning a wedding in 6 weeks. But by the beginning of this month, I started putting a lot more effort and by 2 weeks I had raised 85% of my goal. The people who were donating gave out of a generous heart and out of their need. It broke me beyond measure. I even got a scholarship from the amber fund for short term missions. It's incredible what people can give when they believe in someone.
I can honestly say that whatever God has in store for us in India, whatever experiences and lessons He will teach us, has already started here. He's been dealing with me now, preparing me for India, long before I set foot on that plane. I'm excited and, if I'm honest, a bit afraid but I'm choosing to step through my fear towards faith. There's a few things that will we birthed from the trip and I can't wait to be able to share that with you guys soon.We're going to India! And like all things with us, this is a faith declaration. I still have
$262 left I need to raise, while Louis still needs $1200 $700 (update: we're both paid for!) by May 1st. At this point, we're not worried about finances, but we are giving our best efforts in raising the money. At the end of the day, it's all pocket change for God—nothing beyond His ability to provide.
If you would like to help us get to India, here's how:
Pray for our team. For us to be prepared, diligent & willing to serve. Pray for Calcutta Mercy Ministries. The hospital recently suffered from a fire and they need funds to be able to continue operations. Make a donation by going to this site & writing 'Destinations - India May 2013 - Louis Holstein' on the comment box. If you enter your address, we will send you a token of gratitude from India. Sponsor this blog. There's currently one spot open this month!
This will be my first mission trip and I'm excited to go with our team!
Thank you for being part of my journey.