Life is short and as I reflect on my life thus far, I am mindful of how blessed I am. So very blessed. I can’t help but give God praise, glory, and honor. As I reflect upon God’s blessings, my hope is to be a blessing to others – to my family, to my church, to my neighborhood, to my city, and to the larger world.
As this year comes to an end and 2014 approaches, I am again asking family, friends and colleagues – near and far – to help me continue the passion I have for coming alongside the poorest of the poor in the global community. Though it starts with prayer, it does not end there. Jesus is calling us not only to pray but to be involved in sending as well. Though we pray for the Lord to do the sending, he uses us in the process. This is what John speaks about in 3 John 5-8. The Lord uses us to send people who are going out “for the sake of the name” (3 John 7). It’s a partnership where some will be the senders and some will go.
Over the past several years, many of you have supported and followed me in my missionary travels to Kenya, Cameroon, the Philippines and Thailand. Last summer was my first visit to Thailand and this summer, I have the privilege of returning with a team from my church (The Church at South Mountain, www.casm.org ) to minister for 8-10 days. The purpose of this trip is to aid full-time missionaries, Dr. Doug Derbyshire and his wife, Cheryl, who are missionaries with the International Mission Board. The Derbyshire’s regularly conduct mobile medical clinics in parts of Thailand that are unreached with the Gospel. The goal of each of these clinics is not only to treat the physical ailments of many Thai people who generally have no access to healthcare, but also to bring the saving message of Jesus Christ to those who have never heard it before.
My role will be primarily helping to run an English camp in a public school. These camps, similar to vacation bible school, help the children to learn English, and serve as a means for us to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In addition, we pray God will use us to help the long-term missionaries establish new relationships in unreached areas. I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to establish relationships with the Thai children, and for the opportunity to join local Thai believers to hear about their faith in Christ and their outreach to the people of Thailand.
Our church takes seriously the command of Christ to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations…” (Matt.28:19). I am participating in this trip specifically because I believe we can fulfill this commission, in part, by serving our Christian brothers and sisters in an area of the world that does not have the abundant access to the Gospel that we so often take for granted.
So, here’s my request:
Since the time of the Apostle Paul, missionaries haven’t just gone, they have been sent. For those who can’t go, sending is a vital way to be involved with God’s work in the world. I need your prayers and financial support to meet the needs of the mission.
If you are able to partner with me to meet the cost of this trip, there are two ways you can give:
2. Send a check, made payable to: The Church at South Mountain, 4155 South 7th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85041. (Please note on memo line: STM support for Kimberly Allen)
As a matter of integrity and tax purposes, you will receive a receipt from the church for any gift. The deadline for me to raise these funds is March 15, 2014.
Thanks for considering a financial gift. Thanks for your support and friendship. Thanks for journeying along with me. Thanks for your prayers and for believing in me and more specifically, believing the work that God is doing through me.
Love and blessings,