Wednesday, May 27, 2015

The Busy Month of May

May has been quite the month! Since last I wrote, I have attended my church's annual retreat, written and sent out support letters galore, visited friends giving a presentation to their church on the missions work they will be doing in the Czech Republic, visited and caught up with many more friends, was invited to be involved in a photography/videography project for a retreat center our church youth and young adults visit each year, co-planned/led a high school girls' weekend retreat to that same center in the mountains of Pennsylvania, then two weeks later was again at this retreat center for our church's Young Adult's Retreat.

In short, there was a lot of driving involved in May! And I'm not done just yet. This coming Sunday, I will be driving down to Ridge Haven - a camp in Brevard, North Carolina - for an MTW* seminar on "Living in Grace." While this will be quite an exhausting drive (7+ hours), I am very much looking forward to this trip. If it is anything similar to Launch, the training I attended in Atlanta back in March, I will be meeting many more people with hearts for global missions. My favorite part of Launch was hearing from new friends about the needs in the countries where they were preparing to serve. I came away from that week blessed with a vision for how God is using His body all around the world. I look forward to the people I will meet, the talks and exercises planned for the week, and whatever God has in store for me.

As for support raising, I am so thankful for the people God is already raising up in joining my financial support team! What a blessing! There is still quite a long way to go, though. To get to Japan, I will need to have $4,500 pledged each month for the 3 years I will be serving there. So far, a total of $150 has been pledged a month. (PRAISE THE LORD!!)

The needed pledges remaining would look something like this:
24 giving $100 a month
27 giving $50 a month
24 giving $25 a month

Would you please pray that God would give me boldness in reaching out and inviting people to join my support team, and prayerfully consider if He may be calling you to join the ministry in Japan in this way? (Click HERE for information on how to donate online.)

Again, I want to thank the many who have been praying for me and encouraging me. God has done some pretty awesome things this past month, and has shown Himself to me in so many unexpected ways!

"You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you. These things I command you, so that you will love one another." - John 15:16-17

Prayer summary:
  • Safe travels to and from NC, that my car would handle the trip well
  • That God would continue to show me His power and grace during the LIG** seminar
  • Peace and patience through support raising
 *Mission To the World
**Living In Grace


  1. Melanie, your sweet, passionate, Jesus-centered words are so encouraging to my heart! I am so thankful that I have you as a friend and missionary buddy! God has so richly blessed you with a gentle heart for the people of Japan and for global missions. I am so excited to see how He uses you to impact Chiba. Praying for you as you continue to speak to folks during your support raising and as you go to your LIG conference. Press on, my dear friend! :) (Ezra 10:4)

    1. Thank you so much, Ginny! I am so thankful for you and the ability to chat with someone going through the same process. Love ya, girl!! Praying for you too as you being your meetings!