Love, support, and encouragement from family and friends? Check.
Destination city? Check.
Amazing organization doing outstanding work to volunteer for? Check.
Huge, God-size dreams burning in our hearts and faith that God wants to make it happen? Check.
All systems are a go. We feel great peace and a big smile from our Father as we step forward into major unknowns. The need that remains at this point is the money to fund the vision.
Yep, this is the money post.
We haven't talked much at all about money so far on this journey. There was so much preliminary work to be done, so many unknowns to figure out first. But now we are in full support-raising mode and we are excited to fill you in on the need. We've lost count of the number of times God has spoken to us through other people
"Do not worry about the money."
"God will supply more than enough."
"Money will not be an issue."
When we spoke with our friend James, a pastor in Pasadena, our worlds were rocked. James encouraged us that people want to give to big vision. "Yes, people will give to help us barely get by, but big vision inspires, big vision is God vision." We told James a number and he basically said "You need to at least double that. Let God have a chance to show His stuff. What have you got to lose?" Amen to that!
So, it is with great faith and assurance in the One who called us that we move forward, getting the word out to whoever will hear. This is God's work, this is His passion and we are simply the hands and feet.
Without further ado, we present you with the numbers.
Alright, there is our proposed budget. Once the Wide Awake board is assembled we will present this budget proposal. We'll also discuss, as a board, what tithes and offerings will look like. We are local church people and it's important to us to give financially to our local church in Ukraine, we just aren't sure how to navigate that quite yet.
Now, let's talk about how we can build Wide Awake International from a dream to a reality during the next five years. We are telling our story so a team of passionate, "wide-awake" friends can join the effort and make a radical difference in these precious children of God. Will you consider joining our Wide Awake Development Team by committing to monthly giving?
At this time we are receiving donations through our church, Salem Vineyard, so the donations can be tax-deductible. We are still in the process of setting up and incorporating the Wide Awake International non-profit and hope to be finished with that process at the end of April. At that time we will be able to accept donations via Wide Awake directly. We will definitely keep you posted on our progress in that regard. Right now we are assembling board members, and our awesome attorney friend is helping us with the loads of paperwork that come along with non-profits. Thank you dear friend!
There you have it! The nitty gritty details are all laid out. :) If you have considered supporting this ministry financially we are so extremely thankful! If you have been waiting to begin giving, unsure of when to start... now's the time! We are ready! 100% of the donations sent through Salem Vineyard will be given to us. Just be sure to note with your giving that the money is for Wide Awake. We have opened a separate bank account for Wide Awake funds and will account for any and every donation.
Mail tax-deductible donations to:
Salem Vineyard Church
4750 Salem Dallas Highway NWSalem, OR 97304
Or you can give via Salem Vineyard PayPal!
(see the nifty PayPal button on our sidebar)
*Info on how to give will always be available at the top of this blog under the new "Give" tab.
Due to popular demand we are looking into how to add automatic withdrawal as a method of giving. We won't begin that until donations are being received directly by Wide Awake. We will let you know when that's an option.
Whew! Thanks for making it this far with us. I hope we haven't overwhelmed you. If you have any questions at all please contact us by email or in the comment section. We are happy to talk more with you about all of this.
You are welcome to give anytime! If you would like to be a part of the Wide Awake Development team as a monthly supporter could you please drop us a line and let us know?
THANK YOU for your love and support. This simply can't happen without many hands and many hearts being spurred to action. We appreciate you more than we can say. This is not "The Johnson's Mission", this is God's mission and we all get to play a part. Everybody gets to play! We are honored to join with you on this great mission of love.
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."