This is an email I sent to a few close friends a little less than 2 years ago. I am in tears as I reread and remember what God has done.
Hey, so, I have a favor to ask you. A big one. What I want to share with you is pretty confidential, at least for right now. Lemme start by giving you a little background (sorry if this gets a little long-winded. I’m only sharing this with a few dear friends).
First, I have this deep, deep longing to be closer to Jesus. So much so, it literally causes me physical pain. It’s like an ache in my chest. I can’t explain it. I adore him, and I want so badly to be in his presence and to love like he loves. I can’t tell you exactly when it started. It’s probably been a gradual thing, but especially in the last year or so, its been so palpable, I just can’t ignore it. Maybe you’ve felt or feel this way too.
Before I even thought about leaving EBC, I was planning to run my first full marathon this year with Team World Vision. This is SO SCARY to me. Every time I’ve ran a half, I think it’d be crazy to attempt double that distance. But over and over again, I’ve heard God’s voice telling me to just be brave – be bold – and to trust him in so many huge areas of my life. On top of that, being closely connected to God’s work with the poor quenches my thirst for Jesus in my life. His presence is so abundant among “the least of these”.
Now, out of nowhere, there may be a big, huge, totally awesome opportunity for me to be on staff at Team World Vision. The way this has all unfolded is absolutely mind-blowing to me, and one day, I will share with you all the details of what God has done to bring me to this point. It’s amazing and brings me to tears just thinking about it. This, too, is also quite scary for me on a number of levels. But He keeps saying “I’m with you. You can trust me. Be brave.”
Here’s where I need your help. In the past, you’ve been so generous in supporting my efforts. This year, I need you more than ever. I’ve set a huge fundraising goal – A goal that surpasses all that I’ve raised in running 3 half marathons. Why? 1, because the need is so incredibly great this year, I want to make our impact even greater for the children who need clean water. 2, because I knew that in order to train for a full marathon, I would need all the support and encouragement I could get. And 3, because God keeps telling me to trust Him.
I know I am asking a lot, and I can’t thank you enough for being the generous type of person that you are; people that makes me feel even remotely comfortable in asking this. You are an inspiration to me and your faithfulness continues to bless my life.
To give online: www.teamworldvision.donordrive.com/participant/sineadbarrylukas
(everything’s super secure, and your donation continues to be tax-deductible).
I love you, and look forward to having you on this crazy journey with me.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.