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Dearest Family,
Even I may not have not had the pleasure of meeting you face to face, I write to you with an open heart and welcome you into this beautiful circle I consider family. It is my desire every relationship reflects the unconditional, Agape love of Jesus and the genuine spirit of warmth and understanding we often find in the comfort within our own homes. Like family, I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to share my story and upcoming adventure with you!

(In the event you are pressed for time, juggling a vast array of responsibilities and just life in general, you may skip past all the background details straight to the bottom for the “short version”).

As you may have heard, personally witnessed, or may be completely unaware of, these past two years have been an incredible rollercoaster. Similarly to the adrenaline rush of Expedition Everest, the past 730 days have been crammed with sudden jolts, plunges, and even startling gear change veering into a reverse direction. Despite unforeseen moments of pain and tears, 11 months ago I found myself at a precipice. When returning to Regent University in early January of 2017, I finally recognized the shocking shift my life had taken. Until this moment, I acknowledged the possibility of ramming into what we like to call “rock bottom”. But my utter disregard for my family and The Lord triggered a full speed plunge into the underbelly of a deep canyon. I had been so unaware of the constant nose-dive; I wasn’t able to distinguish the position I now stood in was the bottom. In fully understanding my damaged physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual condition I entered a season I often refer to a Spiritual Boot Camp. Similarly to athletes in pre-season training, I immersed into seeking the voice and presence of God and hiding deep within it. I tackled every facet of healing through counseling; spiritual healing, life style changes, and really asking The Lord to just change me.

It is with overwhelming joy I now write to you. I no longer speak behind a multicolored mask and empty words, but from a bare face and a voice of authentic restoration. I have not only received complete healing, but I have rediscovered and uncontainable love for Jesus I have never experienced before. Growing up in a Christian home, it is easy to recite scripture we often hear on a regular basis, seldom allowing it to truly penetrate our hearts. It is almost too easy to adopt a view and understanding of God as an obligation or out of reach. Within my personal healing I uncovered a beautiful awareness of Jesus: distinguishing His heartbeat, valuing His merciful nature, appreciating His word, and fully listening to receive His specific calling on my life.

Within the past few months, I have served within several different ministries ranging from serving students within elementary/middle/high-school, leading worship, and more recently as a Graduate Student Mentor and Lifegroup Leader with Campus Ministries at Regent University. God continues to humble my heart as I have witnessed miracles of healing, receiving of salvation, and restoration on a daily basis.
 



THE SHORT VERSION

Originally, I had intended on spending this upcoming summer on the mission field. But, as many of us may know well, the Lord never truly does what we always expect Him to do. For the past seven years I have had an unwavering call to California, but I have not had the opportunity to go. Two years ago I was accepted to attend the 21 Project in California with Circuit Riders (empowered by YWAM) for 3-week training. At the time, my walk with the Lord was not where it needed to be, so I canceled the trip and assumed this opportunity would never re-open.

BUT!!! I am so excited to share… I will be with CR this July for 21 Project (July 1-21st)!!!

Reflecting on the supernatural favor of the Lord the past few months, I can see how God has continually guided my steps and released an overwhelming wave of discipleship, leadership, and healing through worship. So this summer, I will be participating in CR’s music track focusing on writing and creating culture-shifting music alongside other worship leaders.

The heart for CR is simple: We want to make Jesus famous and share His love by using the gift, talents, heart, and passion He has given us!!

In addition to skill-set training we will father for school-wide times of growing closer to God through times of worship and catalytic teaching. We will be equipped to effectively share the gospel, discipleship, in addition to growing in our personal relationship with Christ and working on real projects that will continue to be implemented after our time together.

First and foremost I ask for your fervent prayers in covering this trip. I ask for you to join with me in agreement, inviting the Lord to go before the travel itself, as well as preparation for the hearts of the leaders and students participating. I also ask you pray for the hearts of those we will love, serve, and minister to through our tracks and the content we produce; that their hearts would receive and their eyes would be open to see what He is doing for/in/and through them.

If the Lord places it on your heart to partner with me by financial support, it is with a humble heart I thank you for your generosity and willingness to respond, allowing me to continue to learn and grow as a musician and a leader. I am accepting donations personally and for our long distance family, here on this online fundraising page!

My heart is overjoyed as both students and leaders begin preparing physically, mentally, and spiritually for the journey. I am so greatly appreciative for each individual prayer and every single dollar. I personally thank you for your support and encouragement in this exciting new rollercoaster. I thank The Lord for you and this family of brothers and sisters He has joined beautifully together.

If there’s anything I have specifically learned these past few months, it has been to trade fears and apprehension—and just respond to God’s call and walk confidently into your purpose.
I look forward to walking confidently into this new season this summer.

Again, thank you so much for your love, prayers, and support…

By His Love,
Chrissy

Anonymous

2018-05-11 04:18:24

Praying for ya <3

Jesse F. Wood

2018-04-17 22:20:44

I'm excited for what God has in store for you on the other side of this next door!

Thomas Martone

2018-04-14 03:00:08

Good luck!! Be safe!!

Jeffrey E Gossmann

2018-04-03 17:49:42

Enjoy your trip!

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