Waking up at 3:30 in the morning really allows you to get some stuff done before the rest of the world wakes up. . .but it also means you are up at 3:30 in the morning!
So the day didn’t start out the best, but the rest of the day ended up being pretty great until I crashed at the early hour of 8:30 PM.
After the rest of the house woke up my mom and I went to the gym for a good workout. The rest of the morning was full of some errands including getting a Sim card for my phone and my jet-lagged brain had a hard time with paying. I totally forgot about tax so when I handed the cashier “enough” money to pay for the item, she looked at me and said, “The card cost that much, but either tax it’s. . .” Oh yeah, tax, I kind of forgot about that.
In the afternoon I got to work for my friend who has his own screen-printing business. I asked him if he needed some extra help so I can earn some money in order to get back and he gladly accepted my help. I had a great time working for Jupmode and am very appreciative of the opportunity.
After getting back to my mom’s house I had another good surprise in the form of another sizable donation from a friend and neighbor. Day one was a full day and another great one.
God has blessed this trip so far and i can’t wait to see what He has planned for the rest of my time here.
Some might look at the results to my indiegogo project and think of it as the opposite of a success, but they would be quite wrong. No, my launch fund is not completely funded. No, I didn’t reach the goal I set of $10,000. Yes, I still have to raise more support. Yes, I view it as a success.
If I don’t look at the numbers I can still see God in this project. He has shown me some support from places I had not even thought of. He has shown me how awesome my current ministry partners are and He has helped me see other routes for future fundraisers.
If I look at the numbers I am still encouraged. What the amount I raised is allowing me to do is purchase extra Mudlove bands (pictured below), and extra Jupmode shirts (the front is pictured below) that I can sell to people who want them. Now people can contribute and get a band or t-shirt too. It’s an awesome two-for-one deal! Help the ministry I’m called to and get a gift.
A couple weeks back I went to the Levis Commons Fine Art Fair with my mom and we found a tent for a photographer name Tiffany Kimmet and her business Subtle Verse. Tiffany had some awesome pictures and on some of them there were Bible verses over top of the images. My favorite one was a picture of steps leading up to a door with Proverbs 16:9 written on the steps.
Proverbs 16:9 reads “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” I think this is the main lesson God is trying to teach me during my ministry partner development time. I’ve said before that I am a planner so you can see why this verse applies to me. How I am looking at the indiegogo fundraiser is this. I planned on raising a lot of support through the project and it didn’t initially do that, but who am I to say that it won’t still generate a good amount of support through the Mudlove bands and Jupmode t-shirts. You know, I don’t know, but I am learning to let God determine my steps and I will follow His plan as best as my stupid human nature will allow me.
By the way, if you want a Mudlove band or Jupmode shirt send me an e-mail and let me know.