In 2012, i had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador with my home church to serve The Father through mission work. The week I spent there, i fell in love with His children, international missions and Hispanic culture. Leaving Ecuador, i knew my work for The Lord outside of The States was not done. To His glory and my joy, He has called me south once again, this time to Guatemala. I cannot wait to spend my summer in Central America falling more in love with Our Creator and His children. This trip, however, does not come cheap. For this reason, i ask for your help.
Friends & family,
I hope that this New Year is treating you well! The Lord is doing some big things in my life and I wanted to write and share them with you! This past fall I started school at Mississippi College and I am pursing a degree in Christian Studies with a concentration in ministry. Recently, The Lord has shown me that He has called me to the mission field, and more specifically to Hispanic countries. My desire is to serve The Father and share His love with the people who do not yet know Him. This call has become a passion, and this summer I will be serving as a missionary in Guatemala!
At the beginning of June, I will be traveling with Adventures in Missions (AIM) through their Passport program. I will spend two months in Guatemala serving in ways such as leading a VBS in the community, visiting the sick in their homes, teaching English, and being a part of community outreach programs. It is such a blessing and a joy that I was accepted for this trip and I cannot wait to see how The Father uses me during my time there.
I know that The Lord is going to use this trip to change my life. I am excited to experience the diverse culture, see the different way that ministry looks, and fall more in love with the Spanish language. This summer will be unlike anything I have ever experienced and I am overjoyed at the thought of the work The Father is going to do. I know He is going to change my heart and the way I do life and love others, and it will be such a sweet thing to walk through.
I confidently trust that The Lord has called me to Guatemala this summer and that He is going to provide all the means to get me there. I am hoping and praying that He is going to use you to do this. I am asking that you consider supporting me prayerfully as well as financially. The total amount I must raise to go to Guatemala is $3,186. This will include all costs of travel, food, and lodging while I am getting to and staying in Guatemala. I have a number of financial deadlines that I must meet for my trip, the first of those being March 5th where I will need to have $1,500, and all of the funds must be in before the end of May. If thirty-two people donate $100, I will be fully funded. I trust The Lord to use you to help me get there.
With this letter, I am inviting you to share in this ministry. If you would like to donate online, you may do so here. When you reach that page, you will need to select The Passport program in the drop down menu and enter my full name, Ashton Ray, in the section below that. Online, you are able to pay by bank draft, credit, or debit card. If you would prefer to pay by check, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can get the appropriate information to you.
I am so anxious to see the work that God is going to do in and through me during this trip. I hope that the work He does will be a testimony and blessing not only to those I serve or those I go with, but also to you. It would be an honor to have you donate to my trip and give me the opportunity to represent you as I serve as a missionary in Guatemala. Thank you for your prayers, verbal, and financial support. I am praying for you as well and I cannot thank you enough for considering partnering with me in this ministry.
“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-20
in Christ’s love,