News from Thailand, September 2011

Thank you to everyone who prayed for me when I was sick a couple of weeks ago, I really appreciate it! I was pretty miserable but after I sent the email out, I could feel all your prayers coming my way and I’m feeling much better now. Thanks for believing in healing for me!

It is never easy to ask for help of any kind, but I believe that God uses meaningful relationships between people like you and me to bless and encourage one another in times of need. My heart smiles when the people I love ask for help because it allows me to bless them in a very specific way.

Even so, I’ve been struggling for a couple weeks with what to write to you and all my other friends too.  A friend encouraged me to just be honest. So, this is me laying my need on the table before you and trusting that God will lead some of my friends to help in my time of need.

I am struggling financially and have been for several months. I don’t need much, but over the past months I’ve barely been able to pay the basics (rent, utilities, etc.) and still have money for groceries afterwards. I serve an amazing God and month after month He provides, sometimes quite miraculously. But, I know that God doesn’t want me to carry the stress that I’ve been burdened with over these financial difficulties so I’m asking for help. I need to raise at least $300 a month. It may not seem like much, but it is enough to lift this monthly burden from me.

My ministry leader, Julie, said to me recently “You have to spend money to make money, even in ministry.” This statement is very true and so I am planning a fund-raising trip back to the states. I’ll be visiting different churches and individuals in the hopes of spreading awareness of the ministry here in Thailand and in turn, raising more financial support so that I can continue to serve here. 

It’s been four years since I’ve been with family over the Christmas holidays and I long to be with them, so my hope is to plan the trip around that time. I will spend a couple months traveling and sharing from my heart, with a break in the middle for the holidays. This trip is going to cost me about $3000, with half of that being my plane ticket. This is a much bigger amount to raise but I have true peace in my heart that this is a trip that God wants me to take.

How can you help? You can pray and ask God if He can use you in my life. If you feel led to give, there are two options. You can give monthly towards the $300 goal or you can give a one time gift towards the $3000 goal for my trip home. Either way, you will be a big blessing to me!

I want to encourage you that a little bit goes a long way here in Thailand. I’ve often heard people say “I don’t have an extra $100 to give a month” but I encourage you to let God show you how much to give. I have a couple supporters that faithfully give $5 or $10 a month and they make a huge difference in my budget each month, I couldn’t do this without them. Please know that any amount, whether it seems big or small to you, will help me greatly!

I thank you from the bottom of my heart!

I was offered an awesome opportunity to teach a session at the annual Chiang Mai Women’s Conference this weekend. I believe that we can worship God in many different ways, including our hobbies and creative outlets. Over the past year I’ve been able to show my photos in a couple different settings and share how I worship God through my photography. I must have reached a couple different people because I was asked to teach on worshipping through photography and I’m very excited about it! I’d appreciate your prayers for me.

My ministry is funded entirely by donations from friends like you. If you are interested in helping me financially, you can do so with one of the following two options:

Send money to:
Empower International
P.O. Box 938
Anaheim, CA 92815
or submit it online at:
Either way, please be sure to include my name!
*You may or may not have noticed that the ministry name has changed from ‘Powers Ministries International’ to ‘Empower International’. Same great ministry, new great name!
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