My name is Shealyn Cook and I am a junior at Fort Hays State majoring in Exercise Science. Growing up, I always enjoyed going to youth group at the Methodist Church in my hometown of Lindsborg, KS. My high school youth group went on mission trips every summer. I had the opportunity to travel to Colorado, Missouri, Oklahoma and also serve right here in Kansas. We worked in many homeless shelters, food banks, and other non- profit organizations working to make a difference and a better life for others in the U.S. and around the world. Each trip taught me more and more about serving God and putting others before myself. Through Encounter at Hays, the college ministry that I meet with each week at Celebration Church, I have grown in my faith and walk with God. This summer I have an amazing opportunity to go to Haiti with Encounter.
God has really been working in my life and He has been revealing His will to me more and more. I am writing you this letter to share with you a challenging ministry opportunity that He has shown to me.
This summer God has given me, as well as a number of other students from Encounter (the College and Career Age Ministry at my church), the opportunity to go on a mission trip to Haiti. For eight days, beginning the 16th May 2018, we will be partnering with Here Am I Ministries to share the love of Jesus with children in an orphanage.
Since 2004, Here Am I Ministries has been providing food, shelter, clothing, education, and medical needs to children living on the streets in Haiti. These children are so hungry for someone to care, to show them love and compassion and that there is a hope for a better future. We plan to open our hearts to show them Jesus’ unconditional love, compassion and the One True Hope!
While God has opened up a door for me to develop a greater heart of compassion for His people everywhere, the exciting part is that you will be able to share in this compassion in several ways. First, you can help pray for my fellow missionaries and me. We will need prayers that God will prepare us for our visit and bless our efforts as we minister to the children in Haiti. We will also need prayers that our financial needs will be met.
At this time we need to raise $1,500.00 each before April 25th, 2018 to attend this trip and that is quite a challenge! Would you pray about helping me with a small donation? If so, you can send a check payable to ‘Celebration Community Church’ with Shealyn Cook & ENCOUNTER on the memo line to 5790 230th Ave. Hays, KS 67601. Any amount that you can give will be greatly appreciated and is tax deductible. You can donate through gofund me.Whether you feel led to contribute financially or commit to prayer (or both), I truly appreciate your support.
I can hardly wait to be doing God's work in Haiti and I will give you a full report when I come back! Your support is a key part of enabling me to serve, and together, we can see lives changed. Thank you for your consideration.
God Bless You,
P.S. For more information about Here I Am Ministries, please visit http://hereamiministries.com/