I haven't heard any further updates from the orphanage this week, so I pray that all is going well. I'm sure there is an adjustment period for having nine new children there, so I am hopeful that everyone is adapting as best they can. I know that there is a need for more adult help, so I'm still wishing to get there soon-- hopefully mid-March! It's exciting (and, yes, there's a bit of nerves and fear mixed in there too) to think this could all come to fruition and be my reality so soon!
I just finished serving on a Chrysalis team this weekend (a spiritual retreat for young women between 15 and 25). It was amazing and rejuvenating! But now that means it's time for me to prepare to move in with friends this coming weekend, in attempt to save some money for expenses as I prepare to go to Mexico. And today I was back to substitute teaching (which has been going great and keeps me plenty busy!).
Additionally, I'm excited to have speaking engagements lined up every Sunday in February at numerous churches. I am so blessed to have been warmly welcomed by these churches! The first weekend is my home church's missions Sunday. On February 8th, I'll be speaking at Shining Light Community Church in Sugar Grove, Ohio. On the 15th, I'll be with Plain City United Methodist Church. And on the 22nd, I've been invited to speak with the congregation at Milford Center United Methodist Church. If you know of a group (especially a small group, share group, or Sunday school class) that would be willing to let me speak to them, I'd love to do so!
I'm currently at about 40% of my fundraising thanks to donations and pledges! Praise God for providing so much in less than a month of fundraising! I am humbled and grateful to people who are willing to answer the call to pledge and offer financial support. Unfortunately, my online giving site is still not yet functioning; it's pending the finalization of a couple of budgetary items with my sending agency office in New York. So we keep hoping it will be activated soon. I'll update when it is working for online giving.
That's all for today. Be blessed!
P.S. Have I mentioned that I can't wait to get to see these kiddos again???...