Hi Friends and Family!
Thank you to all of you who helped make our wedding day special and to all of you who offered your congratulations. We greatly appreciate you all. We are currently getting somewhat used to married life as we are somewhat frantically trying to get all our affairs in order/in one place before we leave for our gap year.
So what are we doing for our gap year? Great question! Come September, we’ll be starting a year of service with an organization called Mission Year. We have been called to spend the year in West Side Chicago to live in a community house, volunteer 35 hours a week in a local community-based organization, plug into a local church, and spend time getting to know and love our under-resourced neighborhood. This will be an intentional time of learning to know and love our neighbors, to advocate for justice, and to grow closer to God as a couple in an inner-city environment.
For the past year or so, we have been praying about what God would have for us in the coming year. We felt that God wants us to step out of our comfort zone in service to learn to be a team in ministry. We had a long process of trying to figure out a specific arena for this to take place., but Mission Year stood out as being a great fit for growth and service. The primary goal of this organization is to love God by loving people. At the same time they advocate for justice for the disenfranchised. We see this as a great starting place to learn how to make Jesus’ mission of “proclaiming good news to the poor and proclaiming liberty to the oppressed” (Luke 4:18) out own. At the same time, they will help us grow roots in our marriage with mentorship and guided reflection.
Though we are excited for the upcoming changes, we are also anxious about a few things. We have a lot of change going on in our lives (graduation, marriage, Mission Year oh my!) and planning that goes with each one. You can pray for smooth adjustments and divine peace over the next few months. We are also nervous about our living arrangements in community. We might be with a mix of couples and singles, or in a house with all singles. Likewise, the people we are moving in with will come from all sorts of backgrounds. As we are both coming from college houses, we are well aware that living with other people is full of both challenges and great rewards. We appreciate prayers for our teams, and for divine assistance with building deep, meaningful friendships with our team members and for the humility, patience, and endurance needed by all of us for the year ahead. Finally, we challenged by the funds we need to raise, and hopeful to see how God provides.
Our expenses for the year cost around $16k per person; however Mission Year asks team members to be accountable for $10k/person [that’s $20k for the two of us]. We are hoping to raise as much of this as possible before we embark in September. We would like to ask you to prayerfully consider partnering with us in God’s ministry by providing financial support. This money is an investment in us, our team, and in the community we will be serving.
To give, you can write a check and mail it to Mission Year in the enclosed remittance envelope. Please make the check out to Mission Year and put our Fund ID #16-9022 in the memo box. Please do not write our names on the check. Alternatively, you can donate online at https://missionyear.thankyou4caring.org/kristinandadam. We plan to keep you updated on our experience, and invite you to participate in our year with your continued prayer and/or financial assistance.
Thank you for your support.
Kristin & Adam