Hello Friends and Family,
Greetings from Redding. CA, where I have experienced a refreshing like the rain that we just had over the last few days. This area has been plagued with fires all summer. The rain has brought a much needed quenching to these areas. With the rain also comes new growth. New growth is something I have encountered since my first arrival here in Redding.
From day one I have faced challenges of finding a home, a job and to pay my tuition on a limited budget. God has seen fit to supply all of my need. I would like to thank each and every one of you who had a part in helping me to get here to Redding. I could not have done this without you. There was something shared in one of our classes that said if a farmer wants to have a greater harvest he need to plant a bigger field. In order to plant that field there is a need for more seed and you have to buy seed to plant that field. What I am trying to say is that I would not be here today without help from many of you. Each seed planted yields at least 100 fold. Each of you planted a seed in my life that has helped me get here and start this journey. I am praying that God will give each of you a return on the seeds you have planted in my life and my mission.
So what has happen you ask? Well for the first three weeks I stayed with a very nice family here in redding connected with the Church and they had attended the school. So it was very nice to have their insight into the school and a little of what to expect for the future. While staying there Alicia and I took some time to seek out housing and employment. After looking at over 30 houses. God took me to a scripture Jer 33:3 and told me He would show me what He could do as I called on Him. He showed me a beautiful house in a wonderful neighborhood. I have also been very blessed by some wonderful roommates. Right now there are 6 of us in the house. The house has 3 Bedrooms with a bonus room. So our 4th bedroom is the bonus room. Right now we have two shared rooms and two single rooms. God is blessing us in many ways. With the housing worked out I had find a job next. So after many applications I am working at Sears.
As for school there have been ups and downs. There are many more ups right now. It has been an adjustment to get used to being in school again and working as well. It is crazy to me that people come and tell me to rest in the middle of this crazy schedule we have. We have read two books, turned in two book reports and we are keeping up with our reading in the bible and the other books and other reading we have to get done. Then there is time with the Lord, work, eating, maybe spending time with people, exercise, and if there is time left for sleep. So unfortunately that means less time for phone conversations and letters to home. There are so many blessings happening in school. I learned today in a way I never was shown before. How perfect love cast fear out of our life. It was so freeing. Also I saw how well the power of our testimony can impact lives to bring hope and change to them. Love, acceptance and hope has great power in bringing freedom to lives. That is just an example of what they are teaching us here.
It has only been three weeks and I am so blessed to be here. It truly is a dream come true. each of you has made that possible. You would be surprised how much every little bit can help. God is a God of multiplication. He can take a child’s lunch and feed thousands. I would love to plant a bigger field. Yet I find the need to buy more seed. To do that I need your help. If you can’t help pray that God can somehow get the seed in my hands. The job I currently have just covers my rent. I will need to make an $1112.50 payment on Oct 12th and then another on Nov12th for the same amount. My total needed is $2225.00 to pay off my school bill. If you are able to give there are two ways to give. You can give to the school directly or you can send a gift to me directly. I do have to let you know that any gift is not tax deductible. Please consider partnering with me in a greater harvest.
My new address is 1617 Edgewood Dr, Redding, CA 96003
Oh yes if you want to come and visit please let me know ahead of time. So we can arrange for a visit. It is truly something you will want to come and experience for yourself.
Once again thank you all so much for your love, prayers and support. You have all blessed me beyond measure.
Love and Blessings,