Monday, May 23, 2011

Update #4 :)

May 23, 2011

Hello, everyone!! I am writing to you on the heels of what proved to be an absolutely phenomenal weekend with our Haiti team. This weekend our team got together for a retreat at Lake Lanier to spend time together building team unity, learning more about where we all come from, and learning how God may want to utilize each of our different talents to work with the people of Haiti. Our team originally came together as a group of singles from the Buckhead Church community that serve within different environments as leaders. Many would say that it might be difficult to put 23 leaders together in one group and ask them to work together, but as a team: we jumped over ropes, body surfed over ropes, sat on shoulders to turn carpets over, and worked our way through human knots. I mean… if we can get 23 people over a rope (without touching it… well… more than 3 times) that stands almost taller than myself (I say that like the height is impressive)… we can widen roads and dig trenches in Haiti ;)

Our team includes: teachers of all levels, engineers, many from the business world, consultants, contractors, Canadians ;), Midwesterners, Northerners, Southerners, some who live off of coffee, and others who wake up best after a “3 – 4 mile run.” Some of our team members come from the foundation of a Christian home and many do not. The one thing we all have in common: a desire to spread the Gospel and extend the reality that Christ is our Lord and through Him we can accomplish anything!

I am humbled that God has put me with such an outstanding group of adults! It is through Him, and your continued support, that I have been afforded the opportunity to get to know these people so that we may continue our work in furthering the Kingdom of God. I will never be able to express the depth of my gratitude to each of you for your prayers and financial support. You are a part of this journey, just as much as I am, and I’m so excited to continue sharing the experience with you. I’ll be in touch!

18 days…

Stephanie


“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united in Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.” ~ Philippians 2:2

Monday, May 9, 2011

Update #3 :)

May 9, 2011

Hello again! I hope this letter finds you well! Recently, God has blessed me with so many opportunities to see the light in each of the amazing friends and family members He has strategically placed in my life. We are all so blessed to have a God who loves us enough to make sure that we are loved for, encouraged, and supported through what can often be a very difficult world.

The preparations for our trip to Haiti are moving right along. We have discussed our team work efforts, what we are packing (including the importance of packing beef jerky J), and where our fundraising efforts are. As a team we need to raise ~$45,000 dollars by next Monday, May 16, for our trip. As of Friday morning we were at $28,300. Thanks to many of you, my personal support of $1,900 has already been met, but any monies raised over that amount can go toward helping the rest of my team raise their support. If you still feel led to give, you may do so through my fundraising site to help the rest of my team get to Haiti: http://my410bridge.org/simmel.

Thank you all so much for your amazing support, both financially and through prayer. I can’t even begin to express my gratitude. This has already been an amazingly humbling experience and I’m so excited to see what else God has in store for all of us and the people of Haiti. It is with you, and through Him, that we go to Haiti in the hopes of spreading the name of Jesus Christ.

Thank you for all you do and your amazing hearts!

Stephanie


“In that day you will say, ‘Give praise to the Lord, proclaim His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted. Sing to the Lord, for He has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.”~ Isaiah 12:4-5