Dear friends and family,
I have recently been accepted into Youth With A Mission’s Marriage Of The Arts Discipleship Training School. YWAM is an international volunteer movement that offers people of all ages the opportunity to use and grow their gifts and skills in order to make change in the world. This program consists of a 3-month lecture phase in Herrnhut, Germany where I will further my photography skills and learn how to use them to advocate truth and justice. Following the lecture phase is a 3-month outreach phase in which I will be putting my gifts and knowledge to work by doing missionary work in Asia or Africa. The 7th (final) month of my outreach will be spent back in Germany speaking to different organizations about what my group has done.
Being a part of YWAM and having the opportunity to do missionary work is something that has been on my heart for the past 4 years. Due to college, work, and other aspects of life, I put aside this desire. Since I have graduated from college, I have felt more at peace about chasing after this dream. I feel that it is time to take a leap of faith and finally attend the DTS. This will be an amazing opportunity to take something that I’m passionate about, photography, and use it to meet new people, document a great adventure, and positively change the lives of people who are less fortunate than most of us. Along with being able to help make positive change in other peoples lives, this opportunity will also be a great way for me to learn and grow as well.
In order for me to participate in YWAM I am going to need support from friends, family, and anyone else who feels led to contribute financially and through prayers as well. Since the outreach destination is determined once I’m in Germany doing my lecture phase, the exact amount of money needed for that phase won’t be known until I get there. However, YWAM has given its students an estimation of how much it will be. Here is a breakdown of expenses not including a plane ticket:
Application Fee : 60 Euro ($80)
Lecture phase : 1,700 Euro ($2,265)
Mini-Outreach during lecture phase : 150 Euro ($200)
Outreach : 1,500 – 2,000 Euro ($1,998-$2,664)
Visa: 151 Euro ($201)
Total: 4061 Euro $5410
Financial contributions may be made by cash, checks (payable to: Sierra Emery), or through PayPal (www.paypal.com) the payment can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. If there are other ways you’d like to contribute, I.e., equipment needed, helping set up a benefit event, sponsoring me monthly while I’m overseas, or contributing to medical expenses (Shots and German health care required), Then you can contact me by email at email@example.com. Thank you dearly for your time and consideration.