Hi! I'm Stefi!
God is building His Kingdom around the world - and He invites every single one of His beloved children to participate alongside with Him. We work together with Him, and not only with Him, but in team work with our family of Jesus Followers in every part of the world. Without one another, we can not complete the priviledge of making known the name of Christ and His salvation to every tribe, language and nation.
Many of you have been receiving my newsletters over the past few years now and have been praying with and for me in my calling; thank you so much! Thank you to all who have supported me financially as well! I'm honored to have you as a part of this team that the Father gives me; God chooses to work through His children - without the prayers and support of you, I wouldn't be able to do what I do.
Currently, and as much as I can foresee for 2019, I am a full-time staff at the YWAM base in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as a full-time volunteer. My work here consists in different activities, primarily discipleship training schools (DTS), among other YWAM schools we are planning to re-open at our location. Although we have schedules and free time, because of the nature of discipleship, it's a 7/24 commitment. God willing I will be accompanying the current DTS on their outreach for 8 weeks between May-July this year, within and outside of Bolivia.
As you know, with me living in South America and many of you in North America, I've been thinking of ways to simplify sending financial support. I came across GiveSendGo, a christian crowdfunding website that doesn't charge for using it. God bless the people that created this website!
Although it says 'campaign', I am not really campaigning for anything; the amount stated is based off of the goal of roughly $400 canadian dollars per month. I am sensing that this year my financial challenges will be higher, as God progresively puts together the puzzle pieces of my life. (I've already had some unforeseen financial challenges at the end of 2018, beginning of 2019.) Life is an adventure, and you can't plan ahead adventure!
If you have supported me financially in the past or not, I'd love to invite you in consider supporting me on a regular basis (weekly, monthly, or however the Father guides you), with $5, $10, $20, $50, $100 or whatever amount you sense God is inviting you to give. The currency in Bolivia is the boliviano, which currently is at about 6.90
Bs to the american dollar, or 5.20 Bs to the canadian dollar.
I am not able to give you the benefit of tax-deductable, but God sure can and does; I've seen Him bless people in incredible ways. And remember - it isn't the amount you give, but the heart with which you give it. I'm always reminded of the widow in the temple that gave her last 2 coins into the offering bowl - demonstrating her audacious faith in her God. Jesus saw her heart, and said to His disciples that she had given more than everyone else.
I've named this 'campaign' Audicious Faith, because this is what I feel God is calling me to this year. It is a daily challenge for me to live by faith, not receiving any fixed payment or salary but trusting God to provide for my needs and beyond. He has been faithful to me in the past, and He remains faithful today, and will stay faithful tomorrow, but I can't live off of what I have experienced or will experience - I live off of my experience with Him today. And not only does it reqcuire audacious faith to trust Him with my finances, but every other area of my life: relationships, ministry, dreams, everything.
I invite you to grow in audacious faith this year; may our Lord bless you with all good things.
"Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
"This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him."
1 John 5:14-15