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“My personal mission is to help break cycles of poverty through service, empowerment, embracement, and exposure while armed with God’s love and wisdom.”

EMI Spring 2017 Internship

Currently, I am raising financial support to serve underserved people in Zambia, Africa with my civil engineering skills as an Engineering Ministries International Design Intern. The internship is mid-January to early-May 2017. I’m responsible for raising $8,000 which will cover/defray my relocation, tuition, orientation, 2-week international trip cost, housing, and per diem. Below is a chart showing the different amounts you can join my ministry as a financial partner for at least 3 months (preferably April, May & June).

SR Chart

How to donate:

Follow these simple directions to set up your monthly/one-time donation directly on the EMI website here*

(As a last resort, you may give via GoFundMe, Paypal, or Venmo. Note that due to fees associated with these sites, giving this way reduces the amount I receive. Also, this way of giving isn’t tax deductible.)

*Note: Preferred method. Donations directly to EMI, a non-profit 501(C)(3) corporation, are USA tax-deductible. You will receive a gift receipt for tax purposes.

Summer 2017 Plans:

Following guidance towards racial reconciliation. While I know that God is calling me to full-time mission work, my summer plans are uncertain. A clear surface reason is due to lack of financial support to stay on the mission field. However, during my spring internship, I identified a few below the surface obstacles that may hinder my long-term sustainability on the mission field. In comparison, I probably wouldn’t be an engineer today if I didn’t realize there are below the surface obstacles that hinder people like me from achieving in this profession. So when I found out that African-Americans represented less than 0.5% of Americans involved in cross-cultural missions, I wasn’t running for the door.

As I asked God to reveal why those obstacles existed, he showed me that there is a need for racial reconciliation in order to get minorities like myself to the mission field in addition to the racial reconciliation that must occur on the mission field. There is a hope that progress can be made because Christ died on the cross for us to be reconciled to God and one another. However, addressing the ministry of racial reconciliation in America means unpacking the ugly racist sin that our country was created from and how it impacts the body of Christ today. The Church has done a poor job at addressing this issue so there are very few resources for discipleship and wisdom. Nonetheless, this is the path God has me on and I will remain obedient.

With God’s grace and direction I will spend the summer learning more about the ministry of reconciliation and how I can engage the body of Christ in it. At the very least, I will be attaining knowledge from the few leaders in this ministry I’ve identified thus far. For a list of resources I’m using and information on how to support my ministry in this way, click here.

Receive an Ugly Cry Bracelet for Donating!

God promised to give me strength and confidence to live out my purpose every day. This bracelet reminds me of that promise and I wear it every day. I would like to send a similar bracelet to anyone who becomes a monthly ministry partner. After you have set up your monthly giving, click here to request a bracelet and support/join my mission by using it for everyday encouragement.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at UglyCryUnfiltered@gmail.com

With God’s Love,

Jamara ❤

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