Finding Strength

 

ImageIt is only the second day of the Spring 2014 semester and already I am downing coffee like it's water. Hopefully, it is just all the excitement that this new semester has prepared that is keeping me up at night and not being able to sleep. Between being a full time student while maintaing a job and social life, things can become exhausting. Luckily, there are these wonderful things between classes called breaks that I have yet to use but can tell they are for sure a blessing in disguise. This week though like many other Jessup students, we have been gathering addresses, stamps, envelopes and trying to get our computers to print out the mass amounts of support letters that recently have gone out! One thing that I truly love about this school and campus is how much of a community it really becomes. There is a huge portion of our school that will be heading out for trips this summer and everywhere you look there was someone stuffing envelopes or yelling at their computer and even with all the stress that comes along with the process of having to get things in on time, smiles are on every persons face. It brings such a warmth to my heart and a strength of knowing that even when things get stressful and we may not know the outcome, that God is still putting this fire in our hearts and passion in our pits to do His work. I have been going through a devotion through the Bible App on my phone and there was a specific one that came up recently that I fell in love with. It was talking about the Egyptians and how they tried to wear down the Hebrews but instead the Hebrews multiplied and grew stronger. "When we are burdened or mistreated, we may feel defeated. But our burdens can make us stronger and can develop qualities in us that will prepare us for the future. We cannot be over comers without troubles to overcome. Be true to God in the hard times because even the worst situations can make us better people." That is my prayers recently, to be open and honest with God. Hard times are always ahead of us, we can't stop them from coming but we can surround ourselves with friends and family that can support us and build us up stronger. I could not be more thankful for the people that God has put in my life recently, between people that have been supporting my trip, continually praying for me and even the crazy ones that take in a stray college student for a few weeks before going back to school. God is constantly showing me new ways that He is providing for me and showing me He is here and not leaving me, even when I don't deserve it, He is constant. 

I also just wanted to give in a quick update to the Support Letter as well, ALL the letters I have been able to mail out are officially in the mail and should be arriving soon so be looking for those! However, being a college student, electronics are a big part of my life and so for those that would still like to help support financially feel free to head over to jessup.edu/missions and make sure you click on the Honduras tab and add Michelle Rompel. If you are also just curious there is a goal time line to see how far my fundraising has been coming and how far I still need to go, check it out! 

Blessings,

M

Support Letter

Happy New Year Everyone! I am really excited for this upcoming year, so much going on with school, work and getting ready for Honduras, but here it is ladies and gentlemen, the official support letter for Honduras 2014!

Dear Friends and Family,

As many of you know I had the privilege to travel to the country of Honduras this past summer, it was amazing! My team and I had the opportunity to work with an organization called Growers First, which helps coffee farmers in Honduras make fair wages and provide the care they need as well. While down there, my team and I spent most of our time helping put on a vacation Bible School for the kids of these families. The poverty level and the amount of homeless and hungry people blew my mind. When I returned to the states, I must admit I faced major culture shock. I began to see the ways in which many of us take things for granted. Honduras changed my worldview on life this past summer.

This fall I started a new chapter in life at William Jessup University. It has been a wild adventure so far and is only just beginning. I didn’t have any plans to go back to Honduras right away; however, after much prayer and reflection on this summers great experience I decided to fill out my application to join the William Jessup Universities first Honduras Team. With that, it is my pleasure to announce that I will be heading back to Honduras this 2014 summer with an amazing team from William Jessup University.

Our team will be working with an organization called La Providenicia in a region called Aguas de Los Padre, Siguatepeque for about 2-3 weeks. La Providencia is an organization that works with at risk orphans and widows. William Jessup is honored to be able to partner with such an incredible organization that has been making an amazing impact in this community. In order for us to be able to partner alongside this incredible organization however, we need YOUR help. Each member of our team needs to raise around $2,500 for this trip to be able to happen. Would you consider partnering with me in this journey through either prayer support or a financial contribution?

If you would like to help with fundraising, please send a check or cash to

Michelle Rompel

333 Sunset Blvd. #769

Rocklin, CA 95765

 To ensure that you receive a tax deduction, please make the check payable to William Jessup University. On the memo line please write “Honduras” only. Please do not include my name on the check for IRS purposes, but attach this letter so the school will know whom the donation is for. Any amount will be very much appreciated, every bit helps!

*Donations can also be made online at jessup.edu/missions, just remember to include Honduras as the destination and my name Michelle Rompel.

Prayers for our team and the people we will serve are also greatly appreciated always. I would love to continue to connect with you on any questions or comments about this trip. I would also love to update you on anything new if you would like. Feel free to continue checking out the blog posts as well at tobefullyalive.wordpress.com. Thank you so much for your consideration of support!

With Love,

Michelle Rompel

michelle.rompel@yahoo.com

“Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain! Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things; and give me life in your ways.” Psalm 119:36-37

Getting Back

Hello All!

It had been forever since I have been on here and I want to make that a new change for my life. It is time to get back into the swing of things. I realized I did terrible at keeping up to date on what was happening with my mission trip to Honduras and wanted to say a HUGE thank you to everyone that prayed and supported financial towards our trip, it was amazing. God did some pretty amazing work while we were down there. This was the school that we got to visit everyday while we were there. Image

 

I am extremely excited to announce as well that I have been given the opportunity to return back to Honduras in the summer of 2014! This fall I started my first semester at William Jessup University as a psychology major. Not only has God blessed me with an amazing group of friends and community here at school, but has put it on the hearts to go to Honduras and serve. When I first heard about all the mission trips the school was having, I had put it out of sight out of mind. I didn't think I was ready to go and serve again, there was so much I needed to do and get down. However, like the saying goes "if you want to make God laugh, show him your plans." On the day before the applications were due for the summer mission trips, we had a missions fair at school and as my friend and I were walking around we stopped off at the Honduras table and it was there God showed me what he had in store for me this summer. Turns out the city that I was in this summer, Siguatepeque, is the same city they are planning on going this upcoming summer. Not only that, but one of the things I have always told myself that I will do one day will be to go and work in an orphanage, and what do we plan to do? Work with the kids in an Orphanage. My heart sank. I went back to the dorm that night and started the application. I needed to have 2 letters of recommendation by the next day and that was when I was really not starting to believe I was meant to go this time, but God led me to the right people and I got the letters in and the application in not only on time, but early. The next step was an interview process with the team leaders. I went to my interview and came back feeling pretty good about it, the leaders and I connected really well and I left with a big smile, so excited to see the outcome. Well, a couple weeks went by and it was time to hear back...

ACCEPTED. 

I am stoked to be able to go back and serve the kingdom of God. As of right now I do not know too much about this trip however what I do know, is that we are looking at about 2-3 weeks in Honduras with a team of 14! The cost of the trip is still being figured out, so as of right now, pray, pray, pray. Our team is in constant need of prayer for preparation and for the future of this trip as well as for the people of Honduras. As soon as I find out everything, I will be sending out some support letters about helping with the funds and prayer support, so for those of you thinking about financial support, be praying about it. I would absolutely love to talk more about the trips (past and present), feel free to contact me! Can't wait to continue about what has been happening and how God is moving.