April 13, 2012

storytelling + raising money

I am a horrible, horrible storyteller. I'm the person who will start a story, "Okay, okay so this ONE time!!" and then finish it with, "Yeah, that's what happened." People will shrug and say "cool story bro" and walk on. But, today I am going to attempt to tell you a story. It's a pretty big one actually so hopefully I won't botch it too much. :) 

A few years ago, a friend of mine went off to a missions trip to Guatemala. She came back so inspired, so encouraged, and telling everyone about how wonderful + amazing it was. Now, you have to understand something about me. If I hear something is cool or awesome I'm like, "Dude sign me up!" But Guatemala, eh I didn't feel it. It was so far away and didn't seem like attainable. So I kind of gave up. Without even trying. Pitiful really.

A few months later I had a dream. I was at the orphanage in Guatemala and playing with the kids, and it really felt like I was THERE. Not just dreaming I was there, but it was dream that felt real. Super real. For 6 months I prayed about what the dream could mean. Did God want me to go to Guatemala? I mean how would I GET there? The money, the fact that they might not accept me, everything seemed scary. But in October of 2011, God opened that door. I wrote out my application, and started thinking about going. Fo real fo real. Due to the busyness of the Christmas season, and the fact that I needed to renew my passport, I stalled sending in the application. I finally mailed it in this past February. Long story short, I got accepted and I will be going to Guatemala in June of this year. 

I am so excited. You have no idea. The whole craziness of God's faithfulness is overwhelming. From planting that desire in my heart, to seeing it coming to fruition, I have seen (literally, seen) God's hand. It's amazing.

God is providing funds. One of the ways I am raising money is by doing photo shoots. Couples, families, seniors, anything YOU NAME IT. ALL of the money will go towards my missions fund. Not a cent of it will see my pocket. 

To be specific, I need $2100 before May 15. I am CONFIDENT that the Lord will provide this because I STRONGLY feel that He is calling me to go.

A photoshoot (family, couple, senior, just kids) is $100. If you are interested in supporting me, just email me to set up a date in the next month. I can give you more details!

the little fine print: the money that you give is not tax-deductible. you will get a CD of your pictures + a thank you card. no chocolate i'm afraid. ;) 

thank you thank you. xoxo. 


Anna Gray said...

WOW. Not good at story telling? Pshaw. That is a deep, inspiring and rather overwhelming story. Good for you for listening to what God has in store for you!

I am actually needing some photos done anyway (headshots, to be specific) so let me talk to my mother about it.

I also live in North Carolina, by the way. :)

simi said...

ellie!! you're going to guatemala!!! woo hoo!! okay, now that I got those exclamation points of excited-ness out of my system...I've wanted to go on a missions trip to a far away place since before I can remember. And so far, it hasn't worked out. I'm still talking to God about it, and while it's probable that I won't be going anywhere exotic this summer, I'm committing it all to Him. And praying for you :) God will provide for you--He always does! xx.
p.s. you are an AWESOME story teller. I flat out contradict you. :)
p.s.s. did you change your blog name?

Emily Ann Putzke said...

Wow!! So cool! I just found your blog and I love it. =)

Kiley said...

you should do a donation thing with paypal on here....(;

Hannah Nicole said...

ELLIE! I am so excited for you. I love that you are trusting in God so deeply and that you are living out the desires of your heart that He's given. This will be a life-changing experience for you and I can't wait to hear about it afterwards. Praying for you, girl! Love youu! :)

Unknown said...

Cool story, bro... :P

I'm with Kiley. Set up a Paypal account and ask for donations ;) Actually, I just found your blog through Hannah @ Aspire... your design is awesome! And I thought you did a great job of telling your story.

Jessica @ Diary of a Beautiful Soul