Preparing for the Journey

Bracelet Fund-Raiser

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To help raise funds for this mission trip, Anna and I have begun making bracelets.  These are our versions of the very popular Chan Luu bracelets that sell for $100-$200 (ours are much cheaper – $20 for adult versions and $10 for the child’s bracelet, but if you’d like to pay that much it would certainly help us reach our goals!).  All proceeds from the sale of these bracelets go toward the cost of the trip… starting with our airfare!

The gallery above contains all of the designs we’ve created so far.  However…. I’m taking advantage of sales and clearance asiles as I purchase supplies, so some of these cannot be duplicated exactly as shown and may no longer be available.  I guess that means they are one-of-a-kind!  To see what is currently available, please visit the Etsy Shop.   If what you like isn’t there, please contact me to discuss what I can or can’t do!

Ways To Purchase

  • You can purchase online through our Etsy Shop ($20 + sales tax if you live in Indiana + shipping).
    • If you are local and purchase through the Etsy Shop, I’ll be happy to refund the shipping when I deliver your item to you at church, school, etc.
  • Visit the Financial Support page and make a donation through any of the methods listed.  Be sure to include your bracelet request with the donation or contact me to let me know what you want.
    • A few have told me they want to donate more than our asking price (may God bless you for that!)  This option allows you to do so if you wish.
    • If you are unable to donate the full $20 asking price, I’d still love to make a bracelet for you for whatever you are able to give.  We aren’t trying to get rich here, just get to Poland!

Ways To Contact Us

  • Post a reply on this page
  • Facebook (if we know each other… I don’t friend strangers on Facebook!)
  • E-mail rbporter15-poland@yahoo.com 
  • Snail Mail to:  210 N. Jefferson Street; Rockville, IN 47872

God Is Cool

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So… we received an e-mail from Dave this week giving us his estimate of our expenses for this mission trip, which includes getting us where we need to be, lodging, and the cost of the actual things we’ll be doing while we’re there (projects, places we’ll go with the campers, etc.)  It isn’t too far off from what I had estimated myself, but it was more.  My previous estimate was already pretty overwhelming, so I found myself feeling a little discouraged that morning.  I just really hate the fund-raising aspect.  I hate asking people for money, I hate the feeling that I get that some people think we’re trying to get them to pay for some sort of family vacation, I hate everything about it.  I know I should view it as giving people an opportunity to contribute to world missions when they are not able to travel themselves, but that’s not really how it feels.

So, I sent a text to two of my prayer friends just asking them to pray that God will provide, and that I will not allow myself to doubt or question that.  I know in my mind and believe that He will (because this is His plan), but today I’m feeling weak.   Here’s the cool part… are you ready for it?  Later the same day, I get a call from Ben who has just found out that his stipend for coaching baseball hasn’t been added to his paychecks yet, meaning there will be a lump sum addition to his next check.  Now, I’m thinking that this news could have come weeks ago or at the end of the year.  But it didn’t.  It came today, when I read the update on our expenses and was feeling a little overwhelmed at the task of saving/raising that much money.  It came today, when I humbled myself enough to admit that I was struggling and asked my friends to pray.  I know there are some who would say that is just a coincidence, but I find that a little far-fetched.

There’s still a long way to go, but my faith is feeling stronger.  Thanks for praying, friends.  Thank you, God, for showing me how much you have this under control, even though you shouldn’t have to prove yourself to me.  I’m hearing the “Oh you of little faith” message loud and clear.