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2 June 2009 352 Comments

Finances.  This is one subject that I absolutely hated talking about. I almost initially did not do the World Race because I did not want to go around and seem as though I was begging people for money.  However, fundraising has actually been one of the most amazing processes for me.  As I have been fundraising, God has been teaching me that it is not me begging for money, but rather a group of Christians joining together to make a ministry possible.  In this particular instance, I just happen to be the feet, but many others are the hands, and the voice, and the support.  So I want to begin by saying how excited I am about fundraising!  It truly excites me to see how people have begun coming together to invest in a ministry.  While people are investing in me personally, it is for the sake of the Gospel.  Our calling is not to individuals, but to God, and that is what excited me most.  I am so very privileged to have an amazing group of men and women who have chosen to sacrifice on my behalf in order to spread the love of Christ throughout the world. I am often moved to tears as people give, I feel so honored to get to take your gift into the world.  I was also blessed with people who sent me graduation gifts.  Each of these I also deposited into my World Race account.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you so all of my wonderful supporters!!!!

I also want take a special space to say a big Thank You to my anonymous donor from my church.  While I don’t know who you are, I am thankful that God does because I fully believe that you will be blessed as you have given unto the Lord.  Thank you so much!  So as of today, individual donations total $6070 in my account!!  That number completely blows me away! I am so excited for what God is doing!

I also want to let you know about some things that I am doing to earn some money for the Race.  Right before graduation I packed up the bare minimum that I thought I would need over the next few months, and put the rest out to sell.  It was a difficult process for me, as I was selling most everything I had to raise support for the Race, but I was overwhelmed with the response that God brought!!  Though I now carry a much lighter load, the Lord blessed me with $500 from the garage sale alone!!

For the past 5 years I have been running a book business online.  While I usually use these finances to live on, I have chosen to take everything that I make and give it to the World Race this year.  I am also accepting donations if you would like to clean out your bookcase!  Feel free to shoot me an email, I’ll even come do it for you ?  I have also taken up a full-time job working daily to raise money for the trip.

I am also trying to grow my photography business.  You can view my pictures HERE. In the next few weeks I will be posting pictures and prices.  All finances will go towards the Race.  If you see a picture you are already interested in, feel free to email me and I’ll get working on it right away!

The World Race is also partnering with another company to help us fundraise.  I am selling these wonderful World Race Shirts for only $20 each.  They have our specific Race route on it, listing each country.  They are a great means to remember our group in prayer, and join us in sharing God’s love with each of these countries.

Finally, I want to say a huge thank you to all of you prayer warriors who are hitting the floor for me and our team.  I cannot tell you how real God has shown himself so far, and I am so excited to see him continue to move.  I would love to continue to grow this group.  If any of you know any groups or churches who would like to hear about missions around the world, and what God is doing through the World Race, I would love to share with them!  If you know of any churches that would like to have a speaker come in for missions, I would love the opportunity!  I am free all summer until I leave, so feel free to shoot me an email if you know anyone interested.  I would really appreciate it.

I know this has been long, I am sorry I have not been more consistent in updating about finances.  I am going to try to be better ?  So total, as of today I have $6570 in my account!  I praise the Lord!!  The total cost of our trip is $13800, so I am right at half way there.  They will not send me out in August unless I have about $11000 in the account, so I still have a lot of work to do.  As always I am trusting the Lord, and remaining in a constant state of gratitude for everything ya’ll have done for me.  Thank you so much and I love each of you!!

~ Jennifer M.

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