After discussing this in detail with my pastor and spiritual father, and after many years of prayer and discussion with my husband, I'm taking the plunge.
I'm becoming a full-time domestic missionary.
What does that mean? It means I will dedicate my time entirely to the work of the Gospel (after my husband, of course), instead of splitting my work time between my full-time job in the corporate world and my two other part-time job-equivalents (which are writing this blog and volunteering at my local church). (I call them job-equivalents because currently, they require the time of a part-time job, but I am not paid to volunteer at my church, and the income from this blog is now covering monthly hosting expenses, but does not compensate me for my time.)
So I'm asking the Lord, my Father and the Redeemer of all things, to redeem and buy back my time.
The Lord has blessed me in my corporate job. I've been there almost 14 years, and my years have been blessed. I work for a wonderful, Fortune 500 company with integrity and a noble mission. I have a great boss and I work with the best team one could ask for. My job is simply fabulous. I want you to know that because I never want you to think I'm leaving my job because it has soured or gone downhill. My job is going awesomely well, and I'm more blessed than I've ever been.
But my job is doing math all day, and I'm not called to do math.
I'm called to minister the love of God to hurting and broken people who need to know that they have a Daddy who loves them. I'm called to equip the saints for the work of the ministry.
Simply put, I'm called to the ministry of God's Word–that Word which renews, restores, heals, saves, delivers, and changes the hearts of men and women everywhere, just like it has changed mine.
This is an emotional thing for me, but I hesitate to share all the emotions because I refuse to try to manipulate your emotions.
So I'm going to skip the stories for now. If you decide to partner with me, I'll share the stories in partner emails later.
But I want you to know that I take the work of God very seriously. He has blessed me thus far in being able to reach you and tens of thousands of readers around the world every single month. He has blessed me with a voice, and taught me how to use it, and I'm so grateful.
But I desire to use it more. Through the written word, with modern technology, I can reach the world. For example, I actually just got an email two days ago from the editor of the Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) Press, saying that they are going to include my essay Dear Beauty With the Orphan Heart in a new book they are printing for college-age and young adult women.
That's huge, and I give God all the glory. He did this. He's turning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to the fathers. He's pouring out the Spirit of Elijah and healing hurting people everywhere. And I'm so thankful for His allowing me to have any part in that at all.
But there is so much more work to be done, and He has called me to help do it.
Jesus' prayer request in Matthew 9:38 was that we should beseech the Father, the Lord of the harvest, to thrust out laborers into His harvest. I was gripped by that prayer a year ago and have been praying it ever since. And I'm offering myself up on His altar to be a worker in His harvest field.
But I can't do it alone. I need your help.
The fact of the matter is that the electric bill still has to be paid, gas has to be put in the car, and food on the table. Life requires income. And don't worry: I know that you are not my source; God is my Source and He will provide.
Clarification since I first posted this: I realized after I started receiving your comments that it sounded like I had already left my job. To clarify, I am leaving my corporate job; however, I intended for the emphasis to be on “am leaving,” as in, I'm in the process. I can't actually leave without giving them two weeks' notice. However, my manager is aware that I will be leaving. Also, my husband has asked me not to quit until we have enough in partnerships to make sure the bills are paid. My husband is my covering and he takes care of me when my head is in the clouds, so I do what he says. 🙂 So, to clarify, in my mind it's a finished thing because God said, and the process has been initiated, and I'm walking in faith, under authority, and with accountability etc. But I can't turn in my two weeks' notice until I have several hundred partners. Which I believe God will provide ASAP.
Anyway. God is my Source. He will provide. But He does use people to do it.
So I'm asking if you will prayerfully consider partnering with me financially, in the amount of $8 per month.
There's a missionary aviation ministry here in Tennessee that flies mission teams to and from Latin America for absolutely free. God gave them the plan to ask for partnerships in the amount of $8 per month–a tiny amount–but He provided so many partners that they are able to fund the jet, the fuel, and the pilot's wages and travel expenses out of those $8-per-month partnerships.
My husband, my pastor/spiritual dad, and I talked and prayed about it, and we feel led that I should do the same thing. So that's what we're asking for.
Would you partner with me financially in the amount of $8 per month?
I've placed all the information about how I will spend my time, how I will be accountable, and what you will receive in return over on the product description in Gumroad.
You can click here to read it. If you decide to partner with me, you can sign up there and my Gumroad shopping cart will simply apply the partnership amount to your credit/debit card every month.
And yes, you can cancel at any time (although I hope you won't). 🙂
Sisters and brothers in Christ, thank you.
Thank you for your continual encouragement, support, social media repins, tweets, and shares, your comments, your emails, and your financial support. Together, we are reaching so many people with the love of the Jesus Christ, our Bridegroom. It truly does take a village, and I couldn't do it without you.
May you be blessed abundantly in all that you do.
Much love in Christ,