SEND North America
Hello beloved family and friends! I have an announcement!
I have recently applied to a discipleship training program across the country called SEND North America (SEND stands for Servants Equipping New Disciples). SEND is a program dedicated to teaching 18- 25 year olds, like myself, become disciples of Christ, through biblical teachings, missions work, and leadership training. To be honest, I’ve kind of had an inner battle the past several years, trying to decide what I want the next steps of my life to be, but I think this is the direction I want to go for now and after praying on it, I genuinely believe that God wants me to attend.
If you read my last major blog post, you may know of my previous plans for backpacking Europe. I’ve wanted to backpack around Europe since I was 13. It always seemed like the ultimate fantasy lifestyle, moving from place to place, meeting new people, going on adventures and learning valuable life lessons. And although it’s still on my bucket list, I’ve felt that backpacking as a lifestyle just doesn’t fit me anymore. I’ve lost my passion for it and that blog post was partly written to convince myself into loving it again. I hasn’t really worked. My family and I have been living in Salt Lake City for the last few months but before that we had been living in Joshua Tree, California for about 2 and a half years. During our time living there, I was introduced a church called Church on the Hill. There, I learned many valuable lessons that kind of attributed to my shifted passion.
Just a few are:
These lessons have inspired a new desire in me that's I hadn't really felt before: to help others, to have a heart for people. I’m so excited to learn and grow with others in such an amazing community like SEND. Throughout my time at SEND I will be devoted to deepening my faith further, through teachings from over 50 pastors, ministry leaders, missionaries, church planters, and more. Part of the program’s lesson plan is to help the students figure out where God wants them to go with their lives, and then equip them to pursue it with a godly attitude. Along with the lessons, each week my SEND team and I will participate in local mission service opportunities. I will also experience seven domestic mission excursions all throughout the country, and one international mission trip at the end of my SEND experience. I can’t wait to see how God will use this time to grow myself and those around me!
One big thing that sets this program apart from any regular seminary or college is that it is one of the first of its kind committed to graduating it’s students completely debt free! In order to do this, SEND challenges each of its students, including me, to find a minimum of ten sponsors or ‘support partners’ to financially support me to cover the tuition of the program which equates to $5,000 USD.
In return for their generous giving, each of the families/individuals I’m in partner with will have the opportunity to receive monthly specialized newsletters, written by me, describing in detail how their donations are affecting and growing myself, my fellow students, and the Kingdom of God. Although I will begin blogging about my adventures there often, the newsletters provide an in depth behind the scenes including pictures and stories specially for those whom have chosen to give financially.
I ask you to prayerfully consider partnering with me through this adventure, and I also ask you to pray for me both as I raise the tuition and during my time growing at SEND. If you have any questions, are interested in becoming a support partner, or would like to know more about SEND North America, you can visit their website or contact me with the information below.
Hestar is a teenage roadschooler, gypsy, entrepreneur, artist, and lover or life! She enjoys doing schoolwork, drawing, writing, reading, and daydreaming. ;)