Marketing & Design Manager, B.A. in Graphic Design – Seattle Pacific University
I am a child of the wilderness. I grew up at a Christian kids camp surrounded by National Forest and it was here that I came to fall in love with God through His creation.
Fast forward 26 years as God starts to stir deeply in my heart the desire to take people into nature to encounter God, be still and listen to God, and enjoy the beauty of the His creation. My friend and roommate at the time felt that God was releasing me to pursue this. I google Christian wilderness ministries and SROM came up. The mission and values of SROM resonated strongly with me. As a first step in wilderness ministry, I signed up for the Wilderness Ministries Professional Course (WMPC). I had no idea I would learn powerfully, in an experiential way, the depth of God’s love and that I had a place in God’s family and God’s story.
After the WMPC I wanted to keep pursuing wilderness ministry and had on my heart to help those struggling with depression, as I myself have struggled with depression. I do believe God takes our pain and turns it into purpose. So, I went to work for a wilderness therapy organization in St. George, UT. At this time, I started meditating on Matthew 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” What would this look like for me? What would it look like for you?
To be frank, I knew God was calling me to work at SROM, but I really thought it was not a financially viable option, and that it was impossible. God let me run away from the call and yet prepared me even further to work at SROM.
After turning 30, I really started thinking about what I would like to do for the next decade of my life. I had some ideas but God brought back to mind SROM. The fear of raising support and making it financially doable/sustainable held me back all these years. However, I have now come to a point where I do not want to base my life decisions on fear. I do not want to look back on my life and wonder what my life would have been like if I had taken a risk and tried working at SROM.
Is God calling you to financially and prayerfully partner with me in this ministry?
God’s kingdom is not one of scarcity but of abundance. I have been challenged to remember this. So, I have prayerfully considered what would be the amount that would maximize the fruitfulness of myself and this ministry. I know God provides and that a workman is worth their wages. I want to set a foundation for sustainable service at SROM.
To maximize the fruitfulness of myself and SROM, I am asking God for $4,150* per month. I plan to work towards raising this amount part-time till the end of July 2018. If I am not at 100% by then, I will quit my current job and work full-time to raise this amount. The foundation is important.
I trust you also prayerfully consider your finances and how much to give. I ask that you prayerfully consider partnering with me financially at $75-250 per month.
*If you feel this amount is excessive, please let me know and I would be happy to share with you my detailed budget and the amounts for each. This amount includes taxes, retirement savings, health insurance, and savings/budget towards eventually buying a house. God calls us to walk in the light and I believe secrecy around finances, minus how much someone gives, generally breeds bad things.
Thank you for partnering with me and the ministry of Solid Rock Outdoor Ministries!
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