Sunday, November 25, 2012

November 2012


Greetings friends and family!

October was a busy month filled with wonderful times with my family and warm apple cider! My sweet cousin, Laura, got married in Pennsylvania and the whole family was in attendance. It was a great time to get away, take in the beautiful fall colors, and make new friends while enjoying lots of delicious food.
My future teammates in South Sudan, Africa have reported that the construction of the new nutrition clinic is complete! There are an estimated 120,000 refugees in the area who are putting increased stress on essential resources such as food and clean water. November marks the end of this rainy season which has brought a lot flooding and has increased the concern for malaria.


The photo above came from my future teammate, James, and shows Sudanese people crossing the Yabus River holding boxes of Bibles and mosquito nets, which will be used to prevent bites from mosquitoes - the carrier of malaria. Please pray for the SIM team, the locals, and the refugees during these difficult and uncertain times.

I received word that the team is planning for my arrival by January 8, 2013. I am very excited that it is almost here, yet anxious because my funding is not yet enough. Currently, the total raised and pledged is $10,500!! Thank to everyone for your prayers and financial support. My total financial support need for my 12 month commitment is $22,000, so I am almost halfway there! In order to arrive in Africa by early January I need to have all my funds raised or pledged by December 1, 2012.

During these last few days I have been struggling to stay positive and trust completely in God’s perfect timing and I’m learning that this mission trip is not according to my own plan or my timing but His. I am also learning true flexibility and finally understanding that I am not in control of the details in my life. No matter when I leave, whether it is in January or later, I am certain that God has called me to go! By faith I am acting in obedience to His calling to serve those in South Sudan.

If you would like to help me go to Africa,  here are 3 things you can do to partner with me . . .

1 Prayer Support Please pray that I will remember that God’s plans are best, to keep my eyes focused on Christ, and to be patient. I never thought “the before part” of this trip would stretch my faith as much as it has already.

2 Financial Support Total support needed for 1 year is $22,000. To make a donation simply go to SIM’s secure website (www.sim.org/giveusa), click Support a Missionary, and then search my name. You can make a one-time donation or set up a recurring donation. If you prefer to write a check, make checks payable to SIM USA and put “Amy Ashcraft #037758” in the memo line and mail to SIM, PO Box 7900, Charlotte, NC 28241.

3 Encouragement If you’d like to receive my email updates, please message me. Keep me updated on your life and life at home (like the Spurs basketball season).

One person can not do everything, but I know that together we can make a difference! Would you please partner with me on this journey that God has called me to? For any questions about my trip, don’t hesitate to ask!

Blessings,

Amy Ashcraft



It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where [or when] he was going.  Hebrews 11:8

October 2012

Dear Friends & Family

I have just returned from an intense 2 week medical class in North Carolina.  Many things I learned I will be able to utilize first hand in South Sudan. Such as the signs and symptoms for malaria, tuberculosis, and many other tropical diseases that I didn’t even know existed. In addition, I learned how to deliver a baby, basic wound care & sutures, dental extractions, and so much more. Feeling more prepared for my journey as a nurse and the care that I will be providing to those in need. Looking forward to working along side the SIM Sudan team soon.

Currently in Africa it is the rainy season, there has been quite a bit of flooding in the region. Also, construction for a new nutrition clinic is underway and the new building should be completed soon! Here is a picture of the 1000th child that has come into the nutrition clinic. This wonderful clinic is changing the lives of many and truly making a difference for the people in South Sudan.


Here are 3 things you can do as a partner with me on this journey to Africa . . .

1- Prayer Support. This is an essential part of my team. Please pray as I continue to prepare for my new life in Africa, pack my belongings, and have the perseverance to keep my eyes on Christ. Also, pray for communication and teamwork within the SIM team, the local Sudanese people and many refugees, and protection and safety during this time of political unrest and uncertainty.

2- Financial Support. To date, I have raised just over $5,500. Thank you to everyone who helped so far, your contribution means a lot! Even though I fell short of my October goal, I know that God will provide, not in my timing, but in His perfect timing. Remembering that Christ is in control of my trip and every aspect of my life is comforting yet hard because I like to be in control. I am confident that He will provide all of my needs. My goal for November 1st is to have a total of $12,000 raised. Will you help me reach my goal?
SIM has a secure website for donations at www.sim.org/giveusa. Click “Support a Missionary”, then search for my name. You can make a one time donation or set up a recurring donation online. In addition, you can directly mail checks to SIM. Please make checks payable to SIM USA and put Amy Ashcraft #037758 in the memo line. All donations are tax-deductible and SIM will mail you a receipt for your generous contribution! The mailing address:
SIM USA, PO Box 7900, Charlotte NC 28241

3- Encouragement. If you would like to receive updates about my journey, please message me. While in Africa, I will try to send you updates monthly. Also, please keep me updated on you and keep me connected to life at home.

We all know one person can't do everything but together we can do something.  Would you partner with me on this journey to help those in need? If you have any questions for me, please don’t hesitate to ask!

God Bless,

Amy Ashcraft

And my God will fully supply your every need according to his glorious riches in the Messiah Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

May 2012

Dear Family and Friends,


I am very excited to be serving with SIM as a nurse on a medical team in South Sudan in January 2013. SIM has an outstanding history and has missionaries serving in over 60 countries throughout South America, Asia, and Africa. Their purpose for serving those overseas is to glorify God by planting, strengthening, and partnering with churches around the world. You can find more information online at www.simusa.org or www.sim.org. The Lord placed a passion in my heart for serving those in need over 10 years ago. In a few months I will be following my heart and traveling to North Africa as an act of obedience to God’s call on my life.

Ways YOU can be a part of my team . . .

1- Prayer. This is an essential part of my team. For me, please pray as I continue to prepare for my new life, pack my belongings, and perseverance to keep my eyes on Christ. For the team already serving in North Africa, pray for teamwork and their safety.  For the people of South Sudan, pray during this season of political unrest for peace and that Christ’s name will be known in this nation.

2- Keeping in touch. If you would like to receive updates about my journey and new prayer requests, please message me so I can add you to my list. In addition, please let me know how you are doing and what is new with you.

3- Financial support. The total I need to raise is $22,000 to cover all expenses for my 12 month commitment. These expenses include airfare, visas, housing, language school,  insurance, and more. Prior to departure, I need to have $15,000 raised with the remaining $7,000 pledged to be donated while I am in South Sudan. SIM has a secure website for online donations at www.sim.org/giveusa. Click “Support a Missionary”, then search for my name. In addition to online, you can mail checks directly to SIM. Please make checks payable to SIM USA and put Amy Ashcraft and STA # 037758 in the memo line. All donations are tax-deductible and SIM will mail you a receipt for your generous gift! The mailing address is:
SIM USA
PO Box 7900
Charlotte NC 28241

We all know one person can't do everything but together we can do something.  Please pray about how God would have you partner with me on this journey for His blessings to be made known to all nations. If you have any questions for me regarding my life in North Africa, please don’t hesitate to ask!

Your sister in Christ,
Amy Ashcraft

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”  Matthew 19:26