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As a fundraised worker, I need your continued support over these next 6 months!

In mid-February, I will going abroad for four months for a multipurpose travel time. First, I will seek experience by working directly with refugee relief and integration, and secondly, I will be upgrading my vocational skills to help non-native English speakers learn English.

As many refugee families were unexpectedly moved from their regular rhythm of life and expected future, so I am being uprooted as well. 

Recently shut and newly opened doors have led me to begin a bit of sojourning myself. It is very evident to me that God is moving me.  Over the years of working with the refugee community, I've heard stories upon stories and always knew one day I would see for myself-- and lend my ears, hands and heart to the displaced peoples throughout the world.
Now, It is so clear that it's time for me to go. 

So now, Raft Amad shifts from a community initiative to a personal initiative. The mantra of Raft Amad will carry on to be the mantra of my life-- beautifully aligned with my calling as a follower of Jesus.  

As a story-teller and an empathizer of those who have had to experience such displacement, I've always desired to be abroad again in some context and these recent years and connections have given me reason to travel. 
I will head out mid February to visit some beloved friends on the East coast and then in Rwanda---and plan to arrive in Greece by March 6th. From there, I anticipate working with YWAM on the Greek Island of Lesvos. As far in advance as this is, plans are still being finalized. There is a huge refugee camp on the shores of Lesovs that does relief work of all sorts for those who make it safely into Greek waters after being smuggled out of Turkey. My heart is to carry on in the relationship building I've known and practiced for so long. In the midst of crisis of any size, people need communion, love and to be treated with dignity. 

After 4-5 weeks working with YWAM, I will transfer over to the island of Crete, Greece, where I will be taking a 4 week intensive program to become TEFL certified., April 23-May 18. 
TEFL stands for "Teaching English as a Foreign Language". Becoming certified is comparable to becoming credentialed- but specificaly for teaching nonnative speakers. I will be studying through International TEFL Academy, an accredited program based out of Chicago.   As one who is experienced in teaching, communicating cross-culturally and tutoring, this will be a significant investment (and one I've often dreamed of accomplishing) as I pave the way to be able to effectively work and minister both locally and internationally over years to come. There is a job market for persons with my education level and experience in over 100 countries worldwide  after becoming certified. 

My planned trip will last until mid June. There are a few different potential landing spots for me during that time; one hope is that I may be able to travel into Turkey or Malta during that last month. I have a number of connections to workers, expats and organizations there.

We will see what doors God opens and closes after those four months. Please be praying with me for His divine direction. 

If you've been a financial partner of Raft Amad, please consider propelling me into this next phase of the journey by continuing your monthly gifts through this campaign! Recurring donation is possible through this site and is highly encouraged.

$12,000, the campaign goal, is a number that encompasses the TOTAL budget for the next 6 months-- an estimate of $2,000 monthly. This number is inclusive of travel, insurance, cost of living, as well as a couple remaining bills back home, like student loans.

If you'd like to give a one-time gift or spontenaously over the next 6 months, everything helps! One-time donations can be made anytime through this campaign. 

Here lies a great article about working in refugee camps and what it's NOT supposed to be. Likewise, in camps on foreign soil or interacting with refugees in our city, those who are or who have been refugees are not looking for a Santa Clause or the news' attention. They are looking for long-term relationships and hope. 

Candice L Hershey

2018-01-12 23:03:50

PRAYING for multiplication of all gifts!

Amit Diwan

2018-01-08 18:59:23

Praying alongside. God bless you and keep you.

David Vidmar

2018-01-08 18:11:44

Blessings on your journey and living the adventure of life. Health and provision on you now.

Amy R.S. Spencer

2018-01-06 21:38:38

Praying for God's guidance in your adventure.

Victor Mendoza

2017-12-31 02:14:48

God Bless.

Joanne D McClanahan

2017-12-29 15:58:26

Hi Emily, We apologize that we will need to just give a single donation, instead of a monthly one, due to our financial constraints. Please know that we are really proud of all you do for God's Kingdom, and that you are in our prayers. We pray that God will richly bless you and your work!

12/22/17 Update
December 22, 2017, 2:34 pm

Hello Friends~

A very merry Christmas to you! Thank you for following my campaign and this exciting, dynamic journey of exposure, education and experience! 

WIthin this past week, I've had the exciting privilege of purchasing my airfare, officially enrolling and making the deposit on TEFL academy in Crete, arranging some travel accommodations, and skyping with potential working partners (in the refugee integration realm) in Malta whom I have the potential to visit. 

Word of my travel, service and education plans has now been relayed personally to friends and family and all ministry partners. I will swing into full force of fundraising and preparation for travel as soon as the New Year hits.  In the mean time, I am enjoying the rare gift of all 6 of us Cortese's being in my parents' home and celebrating Christmas together. 

May this Christmas bring you the joy and resolution that you need. 

Solus Christus! Until the New Year, adieu! <3 

Jan 18th Update
January 18, 2018, 6:23 pm

Hey there Folks, 

We are 18 days into 2018; How exciting! This year is bound to hold many new adventures and a lot of faith-building. 

Plans are being worked out and it's been quite an adventure to continue to pursue where I will go, live, serve, and observe during the second stretch of the journey, 3/5- 4/20. 

April 23rd is when I begin my TEFL academy classes in Crete, but preceding that is an open time to work and live alongside the refugee community as it is right now in Europe. I am awaiting a finalization of plans-- being invited either to work with YWAM Lesvos or IAFR in Malta. 

Either way, I am going! This whole season has been a great opportunity to learn how to release control and really trust in God's timing and for Him to open the right doors. 

Fully into Fundraising mode now! Many have made recurring donations, so don't let the fronted numbers on the campaign scare you! However, the current monthly giving is at about $1,000/mo (also counting one time gifts divided into 6), and the budget is $2,000/mo. Still a ways to go and less than four weeks until departure. Keep up the prayers for discernment and trusting in God's good providence. 

Yours in Christ Jesus, 

Emily

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