And what does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Sunday, March 20, 2011

graduation gifts and Faith.

Yesterday I was in the library working on a paper when my mom called. She informed me that my parents wanted to buy me a graduation gift! :) Awesomeness. Now my first reaction was to ask them to give me money for my trip (because that's what I need right now haha) but mom stopped that thought in its track and told me that they wanted it to be a gift on top of what they give me for my trip. But my mom did say I could get something that I need for my trip...which got the gears in my mind turning.
As I thought about it the rest of the night, I realized that one of the things that I need for my trip is a backpack. Like a big hiking backpack that I can fit as much as possible into because that's the only bag I'm allowed to bring. And I love the outdoors and hiking and camping and bouldering so really...its more than just an awesome gift for this trip. Being the non-impulsive buyer that I am I decided to peruse the Internet and check out prices. Naturally, the first stop on my wilderness equipment journey was on REI's website (the world's coolest store.) and I found a couple I liked. I was going to end my perusing there but Liz (my best friend) told me about this other website sierratradingpost.com that sells discounted camping equipment. I decided to check it out. And found this jewel.
Isn't it a beauty? It was in my parent's price range (which made it even better!) I was just going to sleep on it and tell my parents about it today but a huge flashing red bulletin at the top of the page caught my eye. 20% off any purchase made before midnight. OMGoodness. When you're looking at an expensive hiking backpack (which by the way is a Mountain Hardware pack weighs only 3lbs 8oz and holds 50 liters) that saves a LOT of money. I decided to text my mom to see if she was still awake. She was. Thank goodness she's an avid reader :) And she gave me the okay and well...I made an impulsive buy. AHH! But now I'm really reallly reallllly excited about it. Happy Graduation to me! And thanks mom and dad...for everything :)
And that brings us to now. I'm avoiding homework. But also thinking about my trip. Its so crazy to think that in a year I will be back in the United States after being overseas for over six months! I am so excited to see what God has in store for me. But I definitely have been getting worried lately. How in the world am I going to raise $10,000 in less than 6 months? How am I going to be able to afford the travel insurance that I need? What am I going to do for the week over Christmas that I have off? What am I going to do when I get back to the States? Am I being irresponsible?
Now I know for most of you, you are questioning my passion or questioning my desire to go overseas. But I can assure you that's not it. I know deep down in my soul this is where God is leading me. Its just difficult for me to trust in things that are unseen. Which is what faith is. So if you're reading this blog as a means of knowing how to pray for me. Pray for faith. Faith like a child. Not like a 21 year old intellectual. Help me to trust. Because God is definitely doing things differently than I had planned. But that's how it usually goes. And its always better in the end :)
So here's to new backpacks and having faith.
Peace and love.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Scoop.

When I think of scoop, I think of ice cream. And ice cream goes with cake. And I just got a free cake ball (called a petite) at Starbucks. March 10-12 from 2-5pm they are FREE. You should get one too. They're delicious.

BUT that's completely off topic. I just wanted to give you all the scoop on what I'm going to be doing next year.
Okay so first of all I'm going to be working with an organization called YWAM (pronounce why-wam! and if you read it backwards it says mawy. like maui. in hawaii. i wish i was in hawaii. Its freeeeezing!). The organization was founded by this super awesome guy named Loren Cunninham. He's been to EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY IN THE WORLD! Can you imagine? Oh. My. Gosh. He's my hero just for that. But on top of that, he's an amazing man of God. Which makes him my double hero (Is that possible??) And he founded Youth With A Mission. Triple hero. Haha.
There are bases all around the world and they help train people of all ages (but mostly youth) to be missionaries! Typically bases have a training program called a discipleship training school (DTS). Once you do a DTS then you can become a full time YWAMer. Because I have been getting a degree in missions the past four years of my life, I decided that I didn't want to do a normal DTS for fear that it would be a repeat of a lot of information I already know. And God has been putting the issue of sex trafficking on my heart a lot throughout the past year. I have done some research on the topic and the more I learn, the more my heart hurts for those women and children, and the more my heart hurts, the more I know that God is calling me to work in a ministry that fights against that injustice. Alas, I stumbled across a JusticeDTS that YWAM puts on in Auckland, New Zealand. I applied and (by God's grace) was accepted to join the team.
So here is what I will be doing.
In September I'll fly over to New Zealand and go through 12 weeks of training. The training will be specifically designed to teach us about mission work in justice issues. In addition, I'll be staying at a backpacker's place (like a hostile) and working in some of the local ministries. They have three different ministries. 1-Serves meals to homeless people. 2-Helps organize and lead short term mission trips to several of the Pacific Islands. 3-Helps build/fix homes in the area. In addition, it is during this time that I'll get to know my outreach team and get to build relationships with people from around the world who are passionate about the same issues. And, of course, we'll get to do a little sightseeing. AKA backpacking and camping in the beautiful land of Middle Earth...I mean New Zealand haha.
Here is a little taste:

After my training, I will be assigned to one of several different outreach locations (India, Thailand, Cambodia, Vanuatu, Turkey, just to name a few of the possibilities). It is there that I will get to really have the Lord open my eyes and hopefully my skills and passions will be put to use in helping to end the injustices of the world. That sounds lofty. It's not meant to. I just really want to do all I can to promote justice in whatever part of the world the Lord takes me.
Upon completion I'll return to NZ for a short debriefing and then head back to the States where only the Lord knows what will happen next. 
I'm so excited!!! :)
Peace and love!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

t-shirt!!!

So here is the t shirt. My friend Anson used the saying "Send me to World" as his blog title and I asked if I could steal it. He said yes :) (Thanks Anson!!) Its actually from a song. Isaiah (The willing) by a band called For Today. Its pretty intense. So warning to non-screamo fans...don't listen to it. haha
Then my awesome artistic brother Josh designed the front of the shirt. Doesn't it look awesome!?
And I put together the actual shirt and color combination using customink.com. I took on the hardest job...not haha.
Anyways. Here is the t-shirt. I'm super pumped about it. If you want one (or two or three...), shoot me an email (kkulchar@live.olivet.edu) with your size. If you click here you can see a sizing chart. The shirts are 100% cotton, but they have been pre-shrunk. I'm asking for a minimum donation of $15 for each t-shirt. If you don't live at Olivet you can send me the money via snail mail (420 Dale St Flushing, MI 48433) and I will mail it to you when they come in (If I am mailing it to you, please keep that in mind for the donation). The only other stipulation is that I will not give you your t-shirt until your donation has been given...its not that I don't trust you. It will just make life much easier for me.
AND if you want to sell some...let me know! I have a poster that I can email you and you can put up the poster wherever. Or if you're really high tech you can post the link to this website on your facebook, twitter, whatever else is technologically in style :)
Peace and love y'all!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Send me.

I've been an avid blog reader for a while but have always been nervous to create my own. 1-Because I really don't have time to keep up with it. 2-Sometimes it makes me nervous to share my thoughts with other people. 3-I think I'm funny. But I know I'm probably not half as funny as I think I am.Which is dangerous when you're sharing your thoughts in a public community. haha.
But in the past year and half God has been teaching me a lot about vulnerability and with my upcoming trip to New Zealand, realistically I know this is a good form of communication. So here we go. I'm blogging.
Weird.
But exciting.
I don't really know where God is leading me. But I have a lot of money to raise. And a lot of changes to endure before I get there. And I know that God will get me where I need to be. So to start out I'll begin with a simple prayer.
Lord, send me.