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As a previously fundraised worker, I appreciate your support through the remainder of this sojourning journey and transition season! 

I have first spent time on European soil, Malta in particular, to gain exposure to the refugee crisis as experienced in a different way compared to working with refugees through resettlement programs in North America. In mid-April until mid-May, I shift to Crete, Greece, where I will be upgrading my vocational skills to hlep non-native English speakers learn English. 

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

Recently shut and newly opened doors in Fall 2017  led me to begin a bit of sojourning myself. Over the years of working with the refugee community, I have 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.

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 spent mid-February to early March in Rwanda, reuniting with a long-time love and best friend, Muzungu, who is finishing up his master's degree in Global Health Equity under UGHE

In Malta, I have spent four weeks attempting to connect with various refugee communities here, but have found it very difficult, even with previously-known contacts who have lived and worked here in this country for a matter of years. 
 Malta is a small island, but is also its own country and belongs to the EU (European Union). Like Lesvos, Greece, it is receiving many refugees who are hitting the shores of Europe for the first time. So within it exists refugee camps, but also a lot of integrative work by NGO's to assist asylum seekers and refugees on their journey. However, the percentage of those actively advocating for justice and working integrateively, in relativity to the migrant population here, is quite small. The racism is huge here, and due to culture, history and politics, there are many stigmas toward the traveler, be they short-term tourists or long-term asylum-seekers or workers. 

My heart, in coming here, was to gain experience and learn what the refugee crisis is looking in one of the many facets of the world where its quite vast, and to offer myself to assist or commune with and love people any way that I can. Exposure has been present, but not in the ways I anticipated. Connection to people has been so difficult. Read more about my time on my blog: 

In mid-April, I will go back to Greece and 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 last month; much will depend on where the future is seeming to head. Please pray with me for direction!

$12,000, the campaign goal, is a number that encompasses the TOTAL budget for January through June 2018-- 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 this course of time, everything helps! One-time donations can be made anytime through this campaign. 

Amy R S Spencer

2018-07-08 04:33:45

May Gd continue to guide and bless you. Amy and Bert

Amy R S Spencer

2018-06-16 03:09:29

Praying for you. Amy and Bert

Victor Mendoza

2018-06-03 01:20:02

God Bless.

Amy Spencer

2018-05-12 20:15:39

Prayers for you Emily.

Nancy Cortese

2018-05-04 17:47:26

from Sam

Erin Gilbert

2018-05-03 03:10:02

please don't put my name on the feed of recent gifts.

Victor Mendoza

2018-05-03 01:20:02

God Bless.

Glen Gibson

2018-04-25 18:21:15

Since my credit card changed I am just finishing out my commitment now.

Mark Walbert

2018-04-22 21:24:57

We are all praying for you.

GiveSendGo LlC

2018-04-20 22:50:01

GiveSendGo loves to give back! Blessings on your trip!

Candice L Hershey

2018-04-18 20:23:03

God's blessings to you Emily!

Amy R S Spencer

2018-04-10 22:43:18

Emily, We greatly enjoy your updates and are keeping you in our prayers. Amy and Bert

Jay Cortese

2018-04-07 18:24:58

This is from Grandpa. He says "This is my last donation." Ha Ha. They send their love and can't wait to see you.

Erin Gilbert

2018-04-03 03:10:01

please don't put my name on the feed of recent gifts.

Victor Mendoza

2018-04-03 01:20:02

God Bless.

Nancy Cortese

2018-04-02 14:56:35

from Sam

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2018-03-20 22:47:08

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Mark Walbert

2018-03-18 23:08:02

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Candy Hershey

2018-03-15 17:08:05

God bless you and your work Emily! We love you!!

Amy R S Spencer

2018-03-10 17:39:19

You are in our prayers Emily. May God continue to guide and protect you as you help those in need.

Jason Peters

2018-03-09 16:53:42

I hope you are having a nice trip :)

Erin Gilbert

2018-03-03 04:10:02

please don't put my name on the feed of recent gifts.

Victor Mendoza

2018-03-03 02:20:02

God Bless.

Amy R.S. Spencer

2018-02-11 00:20:32

We will pray for you. Amy and Bert

Erin Gilbert

2018-01-31 04:09:59

please don't put my name on the feed of recent gifts.

Victor Mendoza

2018-01-31 02:20:02

God Bless.

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!

1 February, 2018 Update
February 2, 2018, 12:59 am

Hi there Friends!

Two weeks until departure date and I'm pretty stoked. The details are coming together beautifully and now have dear friends of friends receiving me in Athens in between my trek from Kigali, Rwanda to Malta. 

I've determined that I'll spend 5 weeks in total in Malta for the first trip with IAFR. Housing is near to confirmed and photos of the place I'm bound to stay have been sent. I am very grateful for the humble and somewhat rural terrain that it's in... outside the city and near local housing for asylum seekers sponsored by an NGO called Peace Lab. http://peacelab.org/ 

Funding is moving along. Please keep praying! Again, budget is set at $2000/month and Current giving level to date is at $1444/month. Thank you, Lord. 

Yours, 

Emily

January 22 Update
January 22, 2018, 10:42 pm

For those of you who have been following along, you'll see that my description of the travels have changed a bit! YWAM Lesvos is off the official plans for now as they have had to make a last minute decision to discontinue acceptance of volunteers from now until mid-April. Their reasonings are unknown, but this is surely a closed door. 

Fortunately, God had left two doors partially open for me and the door to heading to Malta has recently opened wider. I will commit to spending my time of service and exposure in Malta, being received by friends who are already established there and working in collaboration with various NGO's on the island to bring integration, relief, and dignity to the refugee population arriving and dwelling there. 

Praise God for answers!! 

Getting to Malta incurs a few extra funds from additional airfare. I am currently at a giving level of $1094/month, while budget is set at $2,000/month! 

Your Sister, 
Emily

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

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 

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