11 Days of Prayer

Hey everyone! So I have 11 days left to fundraise… scary or exciting?? A little of both! On the one hand, it’s joyful to continue to see God show up in these last few weeks, on the other hand, it’s humbling to wait on him and completely trust him. Praise be to God for giving me the patience and trust to find peace in this process, so thank you for your prayers! I know that God is good, and when his people cry to him day and night, he does not ignore his people. He is good and he responds in timing far better than mine.

So, until the deadline of May 1 is here, I’m inviting you all to pray for something different every day until the deadline. If you’d like to join my prayer team, subscribe to my blog so you can receive emails when I update the prayer list. So here we go!

Day 1, April 20th: 100% of my fundraising goal to be met, praise to God for his fruitfulness.

Day 2, April 21st: my heart to stay faithful, ignoring the lies from the enemy even in the last of my fundraising.

Day 3, April 22nd: give praise to God for all he does, and for peace in my heart about the summer.

Day 4, April 23rd: give thanks to God for providing, and pray for all the JV interns as they also wrap up their fundraising.

Day 5, April 24th: give thanks to God for sending me, and pray for patience, which is hard to keep in the last few days of waiting.

Day 6, April 25th: give praise to God for his goodness, and pray for his good provision.

Day 7, April 26th: give praise to God for being who he is, and pray for fruitful hearts in any last minute givers.

Day 8, April 27th: give honor to God for his incomprehensible plan, and pray for strength for me to follow his will and maintain my academic responsibilities.

Day 9, April 28th: give thanks to God for all the interns dedicating their summer, and pray for that 100% to come in.

Day 10, April 29th: give thanks to God for trials, for they bring us closer to trusting him with childlike faith. Pray for the 100% of funds to come in.

Day 11, April 30th: give honor to God for having a plan so beautiful that we cannot comprehend, and thank him for allowing us to see it. Pray for 100% of the funds to come in.

Please share this, and pray daily. God hears his children who cry to him day and night and does not turn away.

“And he told them a parable to the effect that they ought always to pray and not lose heart. He said, “In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor respected man. And there was a widow in that city who kept coming to him and saying, ‘Give me justice against my adversary.’ For a while he refused, but afterward he said to himself, ‘Though I neither fear God nor respect man, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will give her justice, so that she will not beat me down by her continual coming.’” And the Lord said, “Hear what the unrighteous judge says. And will not God give justice to his elect, who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long over them? I tell you, he will give justice to them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?””

Luke 18:1-8

Thank you for your prayers, thank you for being part of this amazing journey that God has sent me on. It’s been a test of faith for sure, but I am absolutely joyful in the struggle. There’s not a part of God’s plan that isn’t good, gracious, and beautiful. I am joyful in this waiting, and I am able to be joyful in the waiting by the grace of God answering my prayers. For the first time about a week and a half ago, I just stopped worrying. I had persistently prayed for God to remove the worry from my heart and I haven’t worried about it at all in about a week and a half, and if you know me well, you know how hard that is for me to stop worrying. If God can change my heart to stop worrying, which is something I do often, surely he can provide and send who he needs to send. God is so good, you guys, and these 11 days are a joyful 11 days.

In Christ,

Kelley

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Support Raising

Hey everyone!! Me again. So,  I currently have 21 days left to raise support to return to the Czech Republic as an intern, and I can almost taste the Kofola (set as the featured image because I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t craving it). Before I get into the financial side of things, I’d like to ask you to pray before continuing reading. Pray for the mission God has set out for myself and my fellow interns, pray for fruitfulness in supporters, pray for patience and joy in my heart, and pray for God to provide in his good time. If you’ve been praying for me during this journey, thank you. It is absolutely essential to pray without ceasing.

So, now to the financial side of things. I’m not a math person, so this took me a bit to figure out. I’m actually kind of proud of myself. In order to raise the rest of my financial goal, the following is needed.

  • 2 people to give $500.
  • 5 people to give $200.
  • 10 people to give $100.
  • 15 people to give $50.

In order to give a donation, go to:

https://josiahventure.webconnex.com/intern?intern_name=Kelley%20Gillis&account_number=1460249

Or, if you’d like to mail a donation, you can do so by writing a check and making it out to Josiah Venture. In the memo, write my intern number which is 1460249. Mail donations to:

Josiah Venture

P.O. Box 4317

Wheaton, IL 60189-4317

Finally, I would like for you to once again pray. Support raising, though rewarding, can be discouraging. Pray for my heart to stay fixed on God’s plan over my own, because it can be so hard for me to blindly say “yes” to God, as it is for so many of us. Pray that I stay joyful in the Lord throughout this process and that I am able to balance my schoolwork with this. Pray that I don’t get anxious but excited for what God is doing, and pray that I shut my ears when lies from the enemy come. Pray for fruitfulness in those who give, and give with a cheerful heart. I can’t wait to be over in Czech, it’s so close I can almost taste it!

Share this post and help me raise my goal! I’ll leave you with some scripture to dwell over as you keep me in your prayers.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” John 14:27

In Christ,

Kelley

Fundraising and Staying Joyful

Hey guys, I haven’t posted on here in SO long… My bad! Life happens, school happens, and before I know it I’m waist deep in group projects, papers, and stress from all angles. Unfortunately, it’s far too easy for me to fall into the trap the enemy sets, telling me to fall into the stress, that if I stop worrying, nothing will get done. It’s far too easy for me to worry, so this post is less about that and more of a giant request for prayer.

First of all, I’m praying for 100% of my fundraising goal to be met by May 1. Support has been slowly coming in, but my time is running out before my eyes. So it’s so essential to pray for my funds to come in.

Second of all, pray for my heart as I wait. Sometimes it gets so hard when you’ve been waiting to just keep waiting patiently, especially when you feel like time is running out and slipping through your hands. My impatient little heart is falling prey to lies from the enemy a lot lately, the enemy telling me that God won’t come through and it’s up to me. I know it’s a lie, I know that God is bigger. But when it comes at you in your vulnerable days, it’s so hard to stay patient.

Third, pray for my fellow interns in this last month of fundraising that God provides for us all to go and share his son Jesus. Pray that God is fruitful in this endeavor.

Support raising is hard, y’all. It’s not only hard to work up the courage to ask people for money, but it’s even harder to trust God with something that is completely and utterly out of my hands. It’s hard to remember that I can’t trust God 75% and expect him to give 100%. In order for God to provide 100%, I need to trust him 110%. My heart is weary lately and it’s hard to build up the strength to rely on him and trust that he’ll do his will. Please pray for my sinful heart and pray that I learn to lean on him in times of trial like this.

Though it’s been difficult, this season of waiting and resting on his promises has only strengthened my faith in him. It’s been a giant test of faith for sure. You truly learn to trust God when you have to trust him on things that are absolutely beyond your own control. I’m not the best at dealing with what I can’t control. But through this process I’m learning daily to trust, follow, and wait. Waiting isn’t something I do very well. I get annoyed when my coffee order takes too long. But God is always, always, always good and his timing is absolutely better than mine.

So above all, pray for God to pull me through with childlike faith. Pray for fruitful supporters. Pray for the support of the other interns.

peace n blessings.

kelley

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 9:10