Monthly Archives: June 2014

Immediate Needs for September!

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Last week I finally shared the news that I am going back out onto the field again! It’s true—I am traveling the world once more and I’ll start this Fall!

 

This time around, I will be traveling for 5 months with the same organization that sent me out in 2012. This time, I will be leading a group of Racers who have never gone before!

 

I don’t quite know my destinations yet, but I will be going to at least 5 countries in Asia, Central/South America or Africa. Once again, I will be living among the poorest of poor, meeting basic needs like feeding the hungry and building houses. I will also have many opportunities to share the gospel.

 

To be able to go onto the field and serve, I will need to be financially backed. I need to raise $6,500 to cover the base cost of flights, lodging and food. I also need to raise personal funds to cover my car insurance and phone bill while I am gone.

 

Would you consider donating $20, $50, $100, $250, or $1,000 (or any amount in-between) as a one-time gift or monthly while I am on the field?

 

I would also love for a team of people to commit to praying for me while I am gone—there’s something different (INCREDIBLE) about traveling the world with a covering of prayer!

 

If you are interested in supporting me through prayer or financial backing, please let me know! Write on my blog, my Facebook wall or send me an email. The reality is that your support can directly change lives across the globe.

 

If you are interested in financially supporting me now, you can donate through my World Race blog (ashleymueller.theworldrace.org) by clicking on the left-hand side of the page called “Support Me”.

 

You can also donate to my Paypal account. Go to Paypal.com and click on “Send” at the top of the page. Enter in my personal email address (Ashley.mueller5@gmail.com) and you’re set!

 

If you wish to donate by check, you may do so by making the check out to “Adventures in Missions” and sending the check to my address at:

 

5022 Sullens Road, Gainesville, GA 30506.

 

I will then take it to our accounting department to be processed in my support account.

 

I know many of you watched my journey in 2012 as I went out to the nations for the first time. For me, it was one of the most transformative experiences I have ever had. Please consider supporting me as I choose to make the journey again—this time to lead, but like always, to serve.

 

Thank you in advance for changing nations!

 

Also, as  note, I will mainly be using my World Race blog to post over the course of the next year! Read on at ashleymueller.theworldrace.org! I have posted a video the World Race recently released of what the field actually looks like! Visit and see!

 

 

 

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Traveling the World, Again!

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It was sneaky how the idea of traveling the world surfaced again. But, unlike other major decisions, this one was made with more hesitancy—like the way that oil and water slowly decide they should in fact drift apart. I think I know the cost of this undertaking—of spending 5 more months in third-world countries.

 

Honestly, I’m not a great missionary. Mother Teresa can have her Calcutta. I’ll stay home and share the gospel here. With my clean water and Pringles.

 

But, for the past 5 weeks, I’ve had this tiny feeling simmering in my soul, ever so gentle and quiet, but bubbling nonetheless. I’ve come to realize that this tiny feeling is hope—a feeling that is as overlooked in my life as crumbs underneath a breakfast table.

 

This past season has been one of tumultuous change—that kind of change that leaves you with the same feeling as those first few hours after taking down Christmas: a barrenness and a faint melody of a song no longer appropriate. This has been a season where my words have felt bare, unable to twist and wrap around what I feel. It’s been a season of guessing more than faith-living. It’s been a season of fewer meeting of souls.

 

Instead, it’s been a very quiet season filled with candles, paintbrushes and hard truths. It’s been a season of demolition—of tearing down structure upon structure and removing the remains of the past. I don’t know if there was a lot of building up of new buildings in this season, but there is ground to build upon that was never open before.

 

Sometimes I think that’s all we need going into a new season, really: a little bit of hope that things will be different. We don’t need things fancy or sparkly, the way we all though college would be. We need different—a hope that the battles won will count toward our next season.

 

I don’t regret the depth of the struggles of the past season; they’ve spoken too much over who I am. I’m not a big fan of challenging and desperate times. But, they are much more valuable to me than the lovely soft places I’ve happened upon.

 

I think that’s what I’m banking on as I head back out onto the field in September: hope that the pain of this past season will be redeemed by the challenges of this new season. I am hoping that all those quiet moments will count.

 

So, my friends, here’s to hope!

Here’s to the moments not enjoyed, the songs still unsung!

Here’s to the long bus rides, and to not being home!

Here’s to Jesus, my love, and all that I know!

 

Here’s to hope, my friends. Here’s to hope!

 

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