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yesterday i got an email from our awesome intern coordinator here state-side, brenda, letting us know that they made it possible for josiah venture summer interns to get financial support through online giving. this is great news! normally, this is only done for full-time staff, but they are letting us do it. so thankful for this as it will greatly streamline the giving process for my trip.

if you have already financially contributed, THANK YOU! if you have not, i pray that you would strongly consider it. i am still in need of much financial support in order to make this trip a reality. if you feel led to give to my ministry in slovakia this summer, click here.

and no matter what category you fit into, please please please continue to be in PRAYER for me and the rest of the team before and during our time in slovakia. i have no doubts that the Lord is going to use our team to bring both new believers into the kingdom and glory to Himself. i also have no doubts that the enemy would love to stop this and discourage our team in the process. join me in prayer for this trip as we willfully declare our dependence on the Lord, and acknowledge that we can do nothing apart from Him.

thanks so much for all of the love, support, encouragement and prayers i have been getting from so many of you. i deeply appreciate it! : )

she was the first person to tell me about josiah venture. she was the first person to tell me i could do it, and i should just go for it.

she lived a life of purpose and integrity. she lived a life of adventure and joy. she lived her life for Christ.

miss this beautiful girl so much.

laura kristine silva | 3.31.83-4.5.09

a few weeks ago my sister in law stephanie posted a prayer my three year old niece, kate, prayed:

“…this afternoon Kate prayed, ‘Dear God, I’m sorry I do bad things. I don’t want to do them anymore. Please forgive me. Thank you for Jesus. Please help me to do what you want me to. Amen.’ And then did the happiest little dance you’ve ever seen!…”

she gets it: REPENT|REJOICE

so thankful for this sweet, hilarious, loving little girl and the way the Lord is already at work in her life.

also, people tell us we look a lot alike. if that’s the case, this is what she has to look forward to. oh dear.

yesterday i had the opportunity to serve at the oregon food bank with some of the amazing women in my community group from my church, door of hope. our job for the morning was to help sort food into various boxes so it could be distributed to families in need. somehow during all of this we managed to fit a great deal of dancing in. it was so great to get out and SERVE, and serve JOYFULLY.

it’s easy to put a hyper-emphasis on ourselves; to become so focused on survival and holding each other together that we neglect the imperative to look for others outside of our holy huddle who need help.  i am so thankful for the innumerable blessings the LORD has given me, and i pray that i would consistently seize the opportunities i’m given to be a humble servant for Christ.

“Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.  Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves,  not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.” Philippians 2:1-4

our group of lovely ladies at the food bank.

me and laura at tin shed after the food book.

Greetings from the beautiful northwest! I am excited to share about an awesome opportunity I have to serve in Slovakia as a summer intern with Josiah Venture.  Over the course of my two and a half months there, we will be partnering with national churches and youth leaders as well as other interns from across America to help lead evangelistic camps. The majority of the students we will be working with are the first generation to grow up in an era of freedom, post-communism. Along with many new opportunities their parents never had, they have received many new influences—but they know virtually nothing about having a personal relationship with God. Training Center Kompas, the camp where I will be interning, has a vision to be a part of the movement of God among the youth of Slovakia that finds it home in the local church and transforms society by God’s grace.

Doing missions in Eastern Europe is something that I have been considering for the last few years, but not moved forward with because I have let fear of man issues hold me back. Through the course of the last year, the Lord has been teaching me much about learning to “FEAR NOT”, with the words of Isaiah resounding loudly in my ears, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand” Isaiah 41:10 (ESV). While it is not always easy, I am learning to continually choose to trust the Lord and walk His peace (Jn 14:27). And as my pastor always said, “it will cost you more to miss the will of God than to find it.”

As I continue my journey, I’m asking people to consider being a part of my prayer team that would intercede for me as I prepare for the trip and serve in Slovakia. I truly believe that prayer will be my greatest ally in this ministry.  I’m asking each prayer team member to commit to praying for me consistently and would appreciate you considering this strategic ministry on my behalf.

I also need to develop a team to assist with the costs of this mission trip, which is approximately $4,600 that needs to be raised by May 1st.  As I was officially accepted only two weeks ago, my window to raise this support is limited. While I struggle with asking for help, I don’t want to approach this summer internship solely in my own effort, and having you assist me in the area of finances is a way for you to help me attain that goal. Any financial donation you contribute is tax-deductible. If you feel God is leading you to be a part of this ministry with me, you can use the enclosed envelope and response slip. Thank you for considering being a part of this opportunity.

If you have any questions, please feel free call or email me: (309) 830.2844/ mindykaterawlins@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

Grace and peace,

mindy kate

hey all! i created this blog to help keep all of my lovely friends, family and supporters up to date on my journey to slovakia with josiah venture. as the time gets closer, i will be writing more frequently, so be sure to check back. now go win the day.