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Dear family and friends, I’ve been approved to participate in the Walla Walla University Student Missions Program, so I have decided to ...
Dear family and friends,
I’ve been approved to participate in the Walla Walla University Student Missions Program, so I have decided to take a year out from my college studies to engage in service. I am told my year as a missionary will be challenging and rewarding—the experience of a lifetime.
I have accepted this assignment in the Student Missions program because I want to give my life to God for a year as I share His love with others. I am so excited about the possibility, and now I am growing in God as I face the fundraising challenge.
The reason behind me wanting to do something like this for a year of my life is because ever since I went to Africa I felt that I could still do more, and I also got a taste for what it was like to spread God’s love. I want to thank everyone who helped me get to my goal of going to Africa and thank anyone else who is considering helping me now. I will be headed to the island of Yap which is in the Pacific Ocean. There I will be a Physical Education teacher to see if that is something I would like to pursue as a career. I will also help with various things around the island, but most importantly I will be sharing God through my actions and hoping to show his love to others. It would mean so much to be able and make a difference somewhere where people need help and to be shown that there are people around the world who care about them. Thank you again for whatever support you provide for me, whether it be a donation or just your prayers, it all means so much to me.” –Jose Montes
There are several costs associated with this experience: travel costs, visa costs, mailing costs, living costs while I’m out, and the list goes on. Each year, the student missionaries are required to raise the money needed. We do that by working in the community for donations, asking for donations from mission supporters, working with our local churches for help, and by earning as much as we can in addition to the money given. The funds are used to get us to our location, to make sure we’re cared for while we’re there, and then to bring us home. A portion of the fundraised money ($500) goes toward training and support offered through the SM office. Any excess funds I raise help other SMs to go, provide emergency aid, as well as help support SMs in the field.
Will you consider joining me in this by giving as generous a gift as you’re able? Any amount you share will be deeply appreciated! Each of us has a goal of $3,500. Donations will be deposited into the Student Missionary fund to help turn our dreams of being missionaries into the satisfaction that comes from serving others.
I’m at a time when I can accept this opportunity and give this year of my life to God. I am asking you to share in the blessing by helping financially. I appreciate your prayers to help me face the many challenges I will face as I live away from family and friends, adjust to a new culture—its people, food, and way of life—and serve as an ambassador for Christ.
Thank you so much for your help. I’m delighted to have you share in this experience with me.
In His love and for His service,