I want to start by thanking so many of you who have supported me this last year emotionally, in prayer, with manual labor, and financially. I would not have been able to do what I did this last year without your support. France is a country near to my heart in so many ways. I studied French in school for 11 years, the language, the country, and the culture. In my time living there, I have grown to love the people.
“Having Kate with us for the six months of DEFI was a HUGE blessing! Personally, my time there would have been a very different experience had it not been for her support, listening ear, jokes, love and care. It was also wonderful to see the work that God did in her life and through her during her stay in France!”
– Rebecca, Argentina
For those who don’t know, I have been serving as a missionary at a Bible School in France (DEFI at Champfleuri). I am available to all of the students, but I’m there specifically as an R.A. (or Resident Assistant) for the female students. This basically means I get to be like the “big sister”. Here is a letter (click here!) from my boss that further explains my role with the students and the school.
The question you are probably asking is why support me? Good question. Ultimately, it has to be something you feel led to do for whatever reason. But here are a couple of reasons I can give.
- Spiritually, France is a nation closed off to belief in God. I have the opportunity there to encourage and disciple young French people (as well as students from other countries including Germany, England, Australia, Argentina, and Canada) to grow in their confidence of who God is and the plans He has for each one of them in their sphere of influence.
- Practically speaking, I don’t make a salary there, and, in fact, because of government regulations, without a work visa, I am required to pay room and board, in addition to all other expenses. A work visa is not only incredibly costly, the requirement to be issued one is that no one else in the country or the European Union is qualified or available to do the job I am doing.
- And….you’ll have a place to stay in France whenever you want to visit!! 🙂
“Kate was an amazing and a very vital part of DEFI for me, for everyone. I have anxiety, and on more than several occasions being in a foreign country, not being able to understand the language very well was too much for me, Kate was there to talk to and to support me. She was always ready with a shoulder to cry on or ears to listen or cookies to cheer me up, but I could always depend on her being there and this made things so much easier for me. Kate cared greatly for us, she was a bit like our mum and big sister at the same time. Making sure we take care of ourselves, get enough sleep, not be too stressed or overwhelmed, and she’d have fun with us as well. Vote for Kate!”
To be honest, I hate this part. I hate asking anyone to give of their money to support something that I feel a personal call to do. Please don’t feel any pressure to give financially. I feel God has called me to this work, and I trust that He will be the One to place a call on your heart to support me if that’s what He desires. I know God will provide exactly what He knows I need, exactly when I need it.
For those who would like the details, my expenses for the next 12 months are budgeted to be $12,000 (in my boss’ letter you will see $16,000, but I was thankfully able to reduce my budget significantly since the writing of that letter). Would you consider a recurring monthly donation of $5 or even $10 a month? The cost of one or two Starbucks? 🙂If 100 people were able to donate $10/month for the next 12 months, I would be fully funded!
“Having Kate at DEFI was an enormous blessing. It was wonderful having someone who was outside the program to be there for you as you go through it. Having Kate as a role model was hugely beneficial to my spiritual growth. She was able to tell exactly when something was wrong and offer the best support possible. She was honest, caring and open. She would even be vulnerable at times about her own life to be able to share with others. I can honestly say that having Kate at DEFI made a huge impact on all the girls at DEFI and helped bring us closer together. After DEFI, I’m happy to have her as a friend and continued support!”
– Zoë, Canada
“Here’s why Kate had an indispensable role at DEFI: Kate was available to me every time I needed it! She listened, advised and even helped me find the answers to my questions by myself! She was present in a period of my life that was not easy and she made it more enjoyable. She helped me many times when I needed a chauffeur or even someone to take my place doing the dishes. Kate’s good humor and smile filled us with much happiness in the months that I spent with her. Very versatile, Kate was also occupied with administrative work which I’m sure the students, and everyone, enjoyed! Without Kate, many things would have been missing at DEFI!” (translated)
– Mathilde, France
What I would ask of any who are willing is to please consider joining my prayer team (send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Prayer Support” in the subject line) or maybe even just stop and pray for me right now. There is a true battle for souls going on in the world around us, and in France the darkness is almost palpable. But we serve a God who is faithful and wants to see His people come to Him. 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”
Thank you for being a part of my life!
“Kate’s presence at DEFI was such a grace. It was so encouraging to live with a woman of God such as Kate. Her availability, deep discussion, true and honest sharing were precious, and are still in my heart, helping me today to go deeper with God. God spreads his Joy through her.”