I am excited to share with you information about how the Lord is working in my life right now. For the past five years the Lord has placed desires in my heart to change the way we live. He has been speaking to me about physical and spiritual preparedness. While I knew this was important, I didn’t understand the intense desires I had to do things I never thought I would do.In a journal entry, dated 1-6-06, I wrote, “When crisis comes it is too late to prepare”. Between that date, and today, I have learned many new skills to include sewing and canning, studied food storage, keep bees, maintain a garden, and have my own backyard flock.
Through the church I attend, The Pointe, in Siloam Springs, AR, I learned about an organization called Crisis Response International(CRI). There is a local Crisis Response Unit(CRU) that meets at the church bi-monthly. The Lord began to draw me to attend the meetings and when the tornado hit Joplin, MO, I was given an opportunity to go up and work with members of the local Crisis Response Unit. This opportunity allowed me to experience a large disaster and the enviornment created in the aftermath. I was able to observe the CRI team members use their disaster and ministry training.
For about two years I have been praying Hineni Adonai, which, in Hebrew, means Here I am Lord and I asked Him to “send me”. He “opened the door” for me to go to Joplin and I felt the Lord asking me if I send you out to do this kind of ministry, will you say yes? My response is yes.When you go to the CRI website you will read that the Lord is raising up an army of end time mercy missionaries, or disaster relief missionaries, to reach the harvest in the midst of crisis. They are training believers in disaster relief and ministry, 24/7 prayer and worship ministry, to bring Jesus to those in need during times of crisis. This is what the Lord is calling me to do. He is calling me, a wife, stay at home mom, who homeschools her children, to train to be a part of a disaster relief missionary ministry team that will deploy when crisis comes to an area. He is also asking me to train to help facilitate missional community or cities of refuge environments and to serve in leading or assisting with worship/prayer at the site of the crisis. I am very humbled.
|Worship at the Joplin House of Prayer after spending time serving with the Siloam Springs Crisis Response Unit|
Friends, I am asking your assistance with two things. I need people to partner with me in prayer and financially. I need to raise $2,200 to fund the 9 week training and will need to raise funds for round-trip airfare, which will probably be around $500. The money needs to be raised by August 30, 2011. I know the Lord does not call us to do something without providing every need. He is faithful and I’m thankful He is teaching me to trust and depend on Him completely in this season.Specific prayer request:
1. Strength to endure the time I’m away from my family
2. Strength for my family to be able to endure while I am gone.
3. For my children to be a blessing to their grandparents and father and for their bond to be strengthened; that they will create special memories.
4. Blessings for my husband who is so willing to allow me to attend the training.
5. Open communication between the Holy Spirit and I so I will continually hear direction from the Lord in how to walk out this new calling.
6. Financial provision to attend the training.
Please prayerfully consider partnering with me financially. I am willing to meet with you one on one, for those friends who are local, to discuss this endeavor in depth. For those of you who are readers from across the nation, those fellow home school families who read my blog, I am willing to talk by phone or email to answer any questions you may have.Financial contributions can be made by mailing a check, made payable to The Pointe, to my home address: Stacy Hester, 503 S Elm St, Siloam Springs, AR 72761. Please just attach a note to the check stating that it is to support me as the IRS frowns on seeing any notations in the memo line of the checks.
Thank you so much for taking time to read this blog entry and to pray for me. Please feel free to link my blog article to your blog, facebook or twitter in order to share this information with anyone that you think might be interested in partnering with me. You may contact me with questions at email@example.com
***Update 7/23/11 - Thank you so much for your prayers. I wanted to share a praise report.....I have been blessed to receive 1/3 of the funds needed up to this date. All credit goes to the Lord...He is faithful to provide. Please continue praying with me.***