I did it! Thank you!

I passed my goal of raising $2,000 by July 1st! Although, I don’t think I can say that¬†I did it, because the credit really goes to the people who have donated and pledged their support. It feels amazing to have so many people supporting me! Even people who don’t know me personally have (hopefully) seen some type of potential in me and have given me generous support! As of right now, everyone has helped me raise $2,745!

I do have to say something about one person who¬†pledged support to me. There is a man, let’s call him Billy (which is not his real name, but for the sake of this story, it’s his name), who is homeless and doesn’t have much else to call his own (that I know of). I went somewhere to ask for donations, prayers, and to give information about the YAV program and Billy happened to be in the crowd. Now, I knew he didn’t have much, so when he came to me after my speech, telling me he wanted to give support, I told him that if the only thing he can manage is to keep me in his prayers, then that is truly more than enough. I left that building with no expectations.

After I came home from a trip, my mom hands me an envelope with Billy’s name on it and inside the envelop are a few dollars. I think those few dollars are the most meaningful gift so far because he didn’t have to do that. Billy didn’t have to give that money, knowing it wasn’t “refundable.”

“They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.” – Mark 12:44

I can’t feel much else other than appreciation and thankfulness. I am in awe of how his Christianity shines through his every action. I hope that someone will take a look at me one day and see my faith shine through every one of my actions. I know I still have some work to do, but I know I can do it because God has given me the strength to do so.

I want to thank everyone who has given me support in any way, shape, or form! It is truly appreciated and awe inspiring!

Next goal: A total of $4,000 by January 1st, 2017