FROM FEAR TO FAITH
have a few stories that I want to share with you that will define our
2014 year and they all deal with how we overcome obstacles. I heard a
great quote the other day from a journalist, who said, "Obstacles are
inspirations", generally I know when to take on a story when there are
some serious obstacles." Cool!
Snieder is a 24 year old shoemaker who works in one of the many outdoor
markets in Managua City. He has been a shoemaker since he was 17 years
old. Stephano came to us for a loan to expand his business. Here was the
obstacle, Stephano's 7 year old son has a blood disease and often
Stephano has to leave his kiosk to go to the hospital with Jeffery his
in the market place warned us not to give a loan to Stephano, they said
we would be crazy to lend him the money because he was a bad risk. "How
can a poor man like this with a son in the hospital ever repay your
loan?" We decided to give Stephano the loan in spite of the advice of
the ladies. The ladies became very curious about us and wanted to
inquire about our organization. They had a hard time believing that we
were more than just a lending organization, that we really were
concerned about the people. We also had an opportunity to share with
them what our Latin America name stood for.
The Rest Of The Story...
Stephano is on his second loan with us. His son is still in and out of
hospital and when they can Eliett or David go and visit with them. The
ladies who thought we were crazy, now they are all new borrowers with
us. Awesome! Sometimes we need to see beyond our fear and take a leap of faith.
Lumvi is a young single mom living in San Benito with stomach Cancer.
Through a friend, Gloria heard about our charity. Gloria had been to a
government micro finace program but did not qualify because of her
cancer. Her friend told her that The David/Jonathan Project Of Nicaragua
(our Nicaraguan name) was a different kind of micro finance
organization. Gloria wanted $100.00 to purchase Avon products.
were concerned about the loan and Gloria's ability to repay it but in
faith we took a risk. Gloria repaid that first loan and has just
qualified for a second loan.
The Rest Of The Story...
from Gloria's church had been praying for her that she would get a
loan. When she reported back to them, they wanted to know more about
this micro finance organization that would give money to sick people.
women from Gloria's church came to our office to learn more about The
DJ project. They wanted to know, "Can we bring more sick people to get
loans?" David told them that we would do our best! One woman said to us,
in her mind, people only give money if they can get something in
return, more money. She said, "You people are very different." Again,
sometimes we need to see beyond our fear and take a leap of faith.
In April of 2013 I sold my service business and am now working
primarily with The Lending Journey. My business for the most part
financed my ability to stay involved in the charity and was one of the
main financers behind the charity. But it was time to move beyond fear
and take a leap of faith and put more of my energies into The Lending
Journey. I will be working closer with our people in Ecuador and
Nicaragua helping them manage and develop work in the two countries. We
are experiencing some real but exciting challenges in both countries.
Fundraising will be one of my primary time investments for 2014. Carla
Winter a friend of The Lending Journey, [email protected]
, will be
helping me in this area. I want to share with you an exciting
fundraising event for 2014.
Pedalling Against Poverty
"Moving From Fear To Faith: Overcoming Obstacles"
November 1st-10th, 2014
I will be riding my bicycle from the border of Honduras and Nicaragua to the border of Costa Rica and Nicaragua.
Our Goal: To raise 100,000 Toonies
Over the last 15 years I
have had the opportunity to travel around the globe as a consultant and
as the Executive Director of The Lending Journey. Throughout my
travels, I've heard hundreds of stories about men and women who have
moved beyond fear and, in faith, have overcome huge obstacles. In many
ways my own personal challenges and life obstacles have mirrored that of
my work overseas.
Starting in January of
2014 I will be looking for speaking opportunities that will allow me to
share some of the numerous stories I have gathered about our borrowers
and how they have overcome personal obstacles to change their lives.
Interwoven in the telling of their stories, will be stories of my own
life's challenges. Hopefully, by telling these stories, we will be able
to inspire men and women both young and old, to persevere in overcoming
the challenges in their lives.
Our desire is that this
will all culminate with the ride, Pedalling Against Poverty - "Moving
From Fear To Faith Overcoming Obstacles" in November of 2014.
I leave for Nicaragua on
Sunday, November 3rd to drive the route I will be cycling. I will have
much to report back to you in our December newsletter about this next
trip or you can follow my trip on our facebook page.
The success of any of
the events we have done with The Lending Journey would never have been
possible without the help of you, our friends and supporters. And
so I turn to you again and ask for your help and support with our
November 2014 event. Here are some of the ways you can help:
1) Follow our journey "Peddling Against Poverty" on our website (will be live soon)
2) Tell your friends to follow us as well
3) Help us raise 100,00 Toonies
4) Pray for us
me find audiences, to share our story of men and women who have fought
to overcome life's obstacles and in the process created a new life for
themselves and their families
We have only one Christmas wish this year that we would like to share with you...
For the last 3 years we
have been using buses to manage our work in Nicaragua. Sometimes it
takes Eliett and David over 2.5 hours just to get to one of the villages
where we provide loans.
Our Christmas wish this year is to raise $6,000.00 dollars to buy a used
Suzuki 4X4 to shorten the length of time it takes us to get from one
village to another.
If you want to support Our 2014 Christmas wish you can go to our website www.thelendingjourney.com and hit donate now. Look for Suzuki 4X4
Join us for our Annual Golf Tournament
A Special thank you to all of those who participated in and supported us in our inaugural Hearts Open Golf tournament.
We raised over $5,000.00 which I took to to Nicaragua last week to hand out to our newest loan recipients.
We had a great day of golf, dinner and inspiring stories form CFL legend Mr. Chuck Ealey.
Check out more pictures on our facebook page.
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