Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Support Raising

To say that we're excited is such an understatement. As of Thursday, February 11th, we reached our support raising requirements, and purchased our tickets to fly to Czech on February 28th (we're actually flying to Poland, but soon after arriving in Czech, of course).

The support raising process. Whew. How to describe it? It is one of the most faith-filled journeys on which I have ever been.

I remember when I was ten years old, yep, ten. I sold advertisements for KVBR radio in my hometown of Brainerd, MN. The way that got started is a long story, but I sold two ads, I think, and made forty dollars. I just remember being so unashamed. Not really that same boldness through-out this whole process, but I think in some ways, that kind of raw, innocent, straight-to-the-point attitude that I had as a ten year old served me well as I took big gasps, said silent prayers and presented to potential supporters what God is doing in Eastern Europe.

While the process required stepping out of our comfort zones, as I am not quite as bold now as I was when I was ten, it has been a surprising, blessed process. For sure, it requires a sincere humility that we continually pray God works in us, but mostly, it has been an incredible blessing.

It literally brings tears to my eyes when I think of all those that have joined our team, prayed for us, encouraged us, and given. The bond that we will have with those who are partnering with us in ministry is one that we have only just begun to taste, and I believe it is a little bit like the way The Kingdom is supposed to be. How sweet it is to taste!

While "the process" is not over, so I've heard--support raising is an on-going one as it is vital that we communicate our ministry with those that share it, and the reality of change--people end their support and others join. So, we remain in the support raising stage throughout our ministry. However, it will never look quite like this again. I want to remember the intensity, the fear, the faith-building, and the joy.

Right now, I want to celebrate that we are currently 100% supported, that our tickets are purchased, our crate is packed and on its way to Czech, and we are leaving to experience a dream that God placed on my heart nearly 11 years ago. Seriously, I'm overwhelmed.

Here we are the summer of 2003 in Poland together:

Here is a recent photo of us:

Soon, we'll post one of us in the Czech Republic! Whooo Hoo!

Disclaimer: The reality of good-bye has really not hit us yet, and I don't feel like crying today. So, that post will come later . . . .


  1. We are waiting here for you with open arms!! Dave just told me tonight that he suggested you stay with us until the house is ready for you...whoopeee!!! How fun to have you with us for a bit! We are all looking forward to that VERY MUCH!!!

    Praying for you in this final leg,

  2. I am totally with you on the support raising process, and while I'm not ready to go back to the beginning, it has been so awesome to see God provide in ways that I would never have imagined! Glad to hear you guys are so close to your departure and I hope that we'll be able to keep in touch between Guatemala and the Czech Republic. Still keeping up with 24? Hasta prontito!

  3. Yay!! Go team Stephens! So happy for you guys and can't wait to see what life's next step has in store for you. Amen to blogs! Hug, hug. Kiss, kiss!

  4. excited for you guys. I think I really may have missed your CO stop at this point. If not let me know ASAP! Love you guys.

  5. Yeah!! God is so good! I'll be praying for you as you begin to say your goodbyes and continue along the bridge of transition. Love and miss you guys! ~Amanda

  6. So excited for you guys! I personally have been very intimidated in trying to raise support since returning from MTI. It's so scary to just pick up that phone and try to make appointments with people to share about your ministry. I'm encouraged by your success and hope to actually pick up the phone tonight and get to work. Love you guys! - Lissa-

  7. It is just soooo exciting! An absolute YEAH GOD moment!

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  9. wooo hoo! Aleisha this is awesome! So glad you will be on your way soon :) And the reality of goodbye never quite sets in... until you're there. We know it all too well. Praying for all of your travels and transitions!

  10. Aleisha I am so proud of you and honored to serve alongside of you and Brian.