In October 1999, I was in Bucharest Romania talking with a missionary about connecting with people through teaching ESL-English Second Language. It was during that conversation that I felt led to pursue experience in teaching ESL though at the time, it was with the thought of returning to Romania full-time.
In March 2000, I had a training for teaching ESL with our local Literacy Council. I told them they could fill my mornings because I worked evenings. Within a month, I had 10 students I met with as a volunteer. That led to the Literacy Council hiring me in July 2000, which in turn led to the opportunity to teach for our local Community College in July 2001.
I was having fun exploring the many diverse cultures in my city when in 2002 while in prayer, Jesus reminded me he had a purpose for me in teaching ESL. That led to starting my first group at my church in May 2002, God opened so many doors of opportunity and blessed the work so much that my ministry went from an initial reaction of, “do we need that,” to “you can’t leave for Romania because look at what God is doing.”
I was doing ministry on my income as a part-time ESL Instructor piecing together various part-time teaching gigs and happy to do so because of what God had called me to when in 2008 my church began to support me with a monthly check. It is not a huge amount but has helped me make ends meet.
Chronic illness got much worse about ten years ago. In the past five years, I have spent enough on doctors that I could have bought a new car.
That is my back story as to where I am today and why I started my Go Fund Me to get a different vehicle. Gary is a blogger who has been encouraging me in my endeavor. He wrote about in his post- Limited Time Offer. Please check out his post and blog.
My Go Fund Me link is- Home Missionary and Teacher Needs A Vehicle.
Thank you for reading. God Bless.
13 thoughts on “How I Got Started in My Ministry/My Go Fund Me”
If every one of us followers of your blog pitched in Matt, you could get a nice car that would last another 16 years like your van did. I hope and pray you will be able to name your car “blessing” and it will live up to it’s name over the years.
Thank you for your encouragement!!!
Praying for you. 🙏🏻
May the Lord open many more doors for you, I pray that we all find it in our hearts to help our brother in Christ with this💞🙏
Thank you 🙏 !!!
I pitched in! 🙏May God bring you every penny needed.
Thank you so much David!!! Blessings
My last car was named ‘Blessing’ however, she’s gone now. I wish you best of luck with Go Fund Me
My card no. Isn’t being accepted. Any other contribution that favors us international friends 😜
Thank you sweet daughter. I am not sure of what can be done. I know here they sell prepaid visa cards. Just your heart is a blessing to me sweet daughter 🙂
Send a pic of the van you had.
I will post one tomorrow 🙂