Monday, March 28, 2011

Sponsorship & Soli Deo Gloria Party

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God has made it clear to me that I am to raise my funds for the She Speaks conference.  This is one of the most humbling experiences that I have ever had to walk through.  It is terrifying for me, but if I'm not willing to move outside of my comfort zone, if I am not willing to risk failure, if I am not willing to give it everything I have to do what I feel that He has called me to do, I will never have the confidence or the tools to live and grow into the ministry of s(He) Listens.

As much as it pains me to do this, I am posting my sponsorship letter here.  You've walked this entire journey with me, friends, and for that I am eternally grateful.


Dear Blog Readers and Soli Deo Gloria Sisters,

Last October, I attended the Woman of Joy Conference in San Antonio.  The last speaker was Priscilla Shirer and she was speaking from her book, One in A Million.  It is essentially a book about allowing the Holy Spirit to radically shift one’s spiritual life, fertilizing the soul, and cultivating intimacy with the Father.  It’s about a process of surrendering to God so that one can live into the fullness and abundance of what He has promised us.  After her talk, she asked everyone to close their eyes and then to stand if we felt like now was the time to make the commitment to be one in a million – to live a life that is completely sold out to God, to abandon our comfort zones, and to step out in faith towards the life He has called us to live.

I stood up.

And now, in a place that is completely outside of my comfort zone, I stand before you, asking you to prayerfully consider supporting me in my call of ministry as a speaker. 

I believe that God has a specific plan for this new ministry.   I’ve named it “s(He) Listens.”  I know that God is the One that knows the heart cries of the people who will be sitting before me in the audience.  He is the One that knows the words that have the power to open their hearts, transform their lives, to deliver hope, peace, and joy.  My job is to ask Him for the heart cries, ask Him for the wisdom, and then open my mouth to speak His heart.  Two parts listening to one part speaking, thus the emphasis on the listening in the name.

 [For more information on this new venture and how it came about, please click here.]

One of the first steps I feel God calling me toward as I build this ministry is to attend the She Speaks conference, put on by Proverbs 31 Ministries, in Concord, NC, in July of this year.  I would be taking the speakers’ track, which can be summarized like this:  Whether speaking in a large arena or leading Bible studies in church, participants will be equipped with the tools needed to effectively share the Word of God, create a bio sheet, market her ministry, and give successful presentations.

I would be honored to have you journey beside me as God equips me for this calling.  I am humbled that He would even ask me to begin such a ministry, and even more humbled that He has put so many people in my life that have supported me in my spiritual growth.  If you do choose to journey with me in this process, there are three tangible ways in which you can help me at this time:


*  You can pray for me and this ministry, especially for wisdom, protection, and guidance.


*  You can assist me with the cost of the conference itself ($595 cost which includes meals, hotel, conference fees).  These donations can be made directly to Proverbs 31 ministries and are tax - deductible.  My conference has to be paid in full by June 1 (but the $595 rate is only good if I've paid by 4/15).  See below for information on how to donate toward these costs.


*  You can assist me with airfare costs.  These donations are not tax-deductible, but I’m sure God will throw in some Heavenly treasure.  J

Thank you for reading this and for everything that you have done for me throughout my life.  I would not be the person I am today without you.  My prayer for you is that God would pour out His amazing blessings upon you and your family, that you would feel His presence, know the depth of His love, and be covered with His grace.

Blessings,
 Jen Ferguson

 **To donate directly to Proverbs 31 Ministries for conference costs, you can either call Proverbs 31 Ministries at 877-731-4663 to contribute by credit card; or send a check payable to Proverbs 31 Ministries to:

Proverbs 31 Ministries She Speaks Scholarship/Jen Ferguson
616-G Matthews-Mint Hill Road Matthews, NC 28105

Please be sure to designate the scholarship in my name in order to credit my scholarship fund. You will be receipted for your tax-deductible donation.  



21 comments :

  1. I know it is humbling but if God tells you .. He has every intention of meeting the need. Beautifully written and I for one would love to help..love you:)
    xo

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  2. Praying for you Jen!! I saw something about our purpose last night that has really had me thinking today. I'm going to be writing about it tomorrow. I see that you are keying into your purpose and I'm praying for you!

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  3. Good job putting yourself out there. Your letter is really well written.

    I've been struggling with the idea of going to this. . .can't the Sullivan family funds be used in a better way? I've wiggled and hesitated and worried, and really, I've told only my husband, but in the end, I registered.

    Today I received a check in the mail from my sister. My sister has never sent me money before, she had no idea I was going to the conference or how much it would cost, she just sent money because she felt like she should. . . I am amazed and I know you will be too.

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  4. If He is calling you to be there, He will provide in ways you never dreamed possible. We found this out when my husband needed to raise funds for his missions trip to Brazil last year...blew us away to see how God can just move money at His will thru those that are called by Him. :)
    Very excited for you as you begin this venture...praying for you as well!

    Huggles,
    Bina

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  5. Beautiful post, I know the unkown is scary, but it is a wonderful thing to begin to discover what and who you were created to be!
    Blessings and Prayers...

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  6. JEn! I don't know why it won't let me link, been trying for an hour or so :( It keeps giving me an error page. I'll try again in the morning.

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  7. This is courage Jen. Stepping out on faith and just trusting that He will provide. Praying with you my friend. He is going to do great things. <3

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  8. so proud of you for posting this on your blog.

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  9. Praying for you sister and heart is swelling with love, joy, honor to journey with you...I also know He will provide...trusting He is doing the work in your heart to show the 'faith that moves mountains'...you know, it's just the beginning;) enjoy the amazing ride and YOU ARE SO VERY NOT ALONE...{p.s. will love to contribute...i will ask Him what the amount is to be:-)}

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  10. Exciting, scary, wonderful time! You're in my prayers, Jen.

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  11. I have a missionary friend whose wife really struggles with asking people for support money. She so appreciates her husband's attitude that it's simply their job to ask. It's completely up to God to work through His people to respond.

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  12. Jen, I haven't even heard of this conference before reading a back post of yours yesterday. I didn't even know that it existed, that's how out of the loop I am.

    You have no idea how much alike we are. I feel a calling to something too, but I am sitting here like Moses telling God how ill equipped I am for it. I would also need support for what I feel God has called me to do, but I'm just like you in that area, too.

    I'll be praying over this post today.

    I also joined your Soli Deo Gloria sisterhood today. After your comment yesterday, I went back and read some of the older posts from links.

    Confession: I have a ridiculous case of cyber social anxiety where I don't do things like this well. I'm not quite sure mine fits, but I really like the Spirit that I see here.

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  13. I'm with you girl, I think it is a privledge to get the chance to help you out! Look forward to seeing His greatness in you!

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  14. I love Priscilla -- I heard her speak at a Christian women's conference in Alabama last year and I was ON MY FEET praising -- she lit my fire for God in a big way! I read her book, too, and it taught me so much about the wilderness experience and what I can learn from the Holy Spirit as I flounder along in the desert.

    You rock, girl -- behind you all the way!

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  15. I'm so excited about the path God has you on!! And I'm proud of your obedience to follow His plan. I will continue to pray for you...that God equip, provide, strengthen, protect, and envelope you in amazing ways! I can't wait to follow you on this journey.

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  16. Hi, Jen! I'm so glad I stopped by tonight. What a gift u have given me in this courageous stepping put! I know the Lord will provide & I will commit to pray for I in this endeavor. I have been struggling with much the same & I admire your ingenuity! Bless u, sister. I'll be praying.

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  17. Hi Jen,
    I am with you as you pray and obey - your steps of faith are so beautiful, especially to the Father.
    About my SDG-- sorry I posted twice- my first one is a dud- but couldn't figure out how to delete it. The second should work. Thanks!!! Blessings.

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  18. i have been hearing a lot about this conference - and read about it at Holy Experience where they are offering a scholarship too. it sounds like a wonderful journey you are on!

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  19. Jen - Learned after posting here on Tuesday that Ann Voskamp is offering a scholarship to She Speaks. Opportunity open until Saturday . . . you should link up your post and go for it!

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  20. Hi Jen ~ Just catching up from being away all week.

    My husband and I have raised support for over 25 years. It helps me to remember and it is true . . . people give their money to God, not to me. It is between God and them. It is a joy to have people partner with what God is doing in our ministry. I hope you can see that you are offering people a privilege . . . to store up treasure in heaven. Sorry, didn't mean to get preachy there . . . but it is something I feel strongly.

    It is an honor to be asked to be a part of what you are doing. I am happy to pray and see how God directs.

    Fondly,
    Glenda

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