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Funds Needed: $3,500
Date Needed By: February 2nd 2018
This is a mission trip to Jerusalem, Israel that will take place March 19th 2018 - March 29th 2018. It will be led by the same organization, Lifestyle Christianity, that I was a part of for the Brazil mission trip I recently went on in November 2017. What does the mission trip entail you ask? Our mission and purpose will be to simply and radically share the love of Jesus by "hitting the streets" providing prayer and healing.
As some of you know, March 19th 2013, I gave my life to Christ and began a journey of sobriety which has led to miraculous life change. Every year I get to celebrate this new life and it means more than words can express. When that date approaches, I pray and ask God what I should do on that extra special day. As you can see, Day 1 of the trip just so happens to be March 19th 2018. Putting myself in a country, a city, marked and ravaged by violence, hate and fear is what I want to do. I fully believe I can change the world one person at a time and while being respectful, culturally appropriate and wise, I will bravely bring my sunshine smile, hugs, love and hope. Sharing with whoever comes across my path, that no matter where you are in the world, Jesus is the same; that no matter who you are or where you've been, Jesus is the same. That His power can overcome anything they may be facing.
Please know first and foremost that this is more than just a pocketbook ask. Yes, the funds are what I need in order to actually go but I also need prayer and what I like to call “cheerleader thoughts” sent my way. Whether you’d like to give $50, $100, $250, $500 or more, a priceless gift you can give alongside it will be lifting me up in prayer for not only the funds but for the trip itself. After you donate, if you any advice, guidance or personal experience please reach out because I would love to hear it. This is a part of the world where Whitney Anne Holley is going to clearly stand out and make an impact. I need prayer for protection and intense leading in the moment to the right places. We will have as many safety measures and precautions as possible given to us by the organization but ultimately, anytime to you put yourself out there for God, there's a risk.
For anyone that gives in a monetary way, please feel free to send me anything you would like in return. I'm willing to work for the donations, compile a more detailed itinerary or send videos and testimonies of my time there. I don’t want to go "alone", I don’t want to experience this by myself in a sense. I want to be able to go knowing I have a group of people I am sharing this with in spirit and being a representation for you.
Very often I am asked to meet a need of someone else. To sacrifice and offer myself in a way that stretches me. I can't tell you how often the reward is far greater than what I have given. I love giving, I love being depended on, I love meeting the needs of others. Rarely do I focus on my needs being met by others, putting my asks out there and place myself in a posture of receiving. So when my application was accepted for this trip, I felt like God was telling me that the only way I was allowed to go on this trip was to choose to let others help me. He wanted me to not provide for myself but to ask others to provide. Immediately I was like ummm what?! Excuse me, ASK OTHERS for HELP?! Oh man, for some reason, the thought of that was terrifying and daunting and I was met with so much internal resistance that it almost robbed me of moving forward with this. Those feelings caused me to explore WHY I was so scared to ask for help. Thus far, my journey in exploring all that has led me to realize I had a certain sense of pride and ego within me. Thoughts going through my mind like “Whitney, what will people think of you asking for help?” “What will it mean of me if no one helps me?” “Whitney, why would anyone care enough about you to give in these ways?” “People will think I’m weak for asking” "Whitney, you can't depend on anyone so don't even try" … Intense, right? I know! After lots of tears from my fears, I reached out to God and said I don’t want to feel like this. I don’t want to think those thoughts. Outside of depending on my parents, I’ve been self-sufficient, self-reliant, self-dependent for so long and let me tell you, it’s no way to live. It’s lonely and too heavy a weight to carry anymore. So what better way to look this fear in the face than to do the EXACT thing I’m afraid of doing, depend on others and ask for help! The beautiful outcome that has already come from JUST me asking for help is a sense of freedom that the dependence on others doesn’t define who I am. That it can be so lovely and joy filled to let other people into my life in this manner. Whether people are there for me or not shouldn’t depend on me depending on them. That it’s about being vulnerable and open to letting others in in a way that I haven’t before. Opening myself up, opens up the opportunity for God to move and work not only in myself but in the lives of others.
- Words from Whitney’s Heart (What Has ALREADY Been Accomplished)
The journey has just begun and I wait like a little girl with a childlike excitement and anticipation for what's to come as I believe there is SO much more to come! Know that any amount you give will be beyond special to me and if there is a way you’d like to give that is not referenced at the top, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me firstname.lastname@example.org
- From my heart to yours, Whit
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