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Dear Friends and Family,
I pray that this letter finds you all healthy and blessed during these beautiful summer months. I am writing to you with great excitement and anticipation for what God has waiting for me in the next season of my life. As most of you know, I graduated from Hope College a little over a year ago with a major in Business Management. Upon graduation, God opened the door for me to explore a career in the banking industry with a full-time job at Fifth Third Bank. The transition from full-time student to full-time banker came as a challenge to me, but it also provided me with a lot of growth. I learned to rely on the Lord as my provider, not on the world or myself. That position has enabled me to endure through the valleys and celebrate the peaks of both my personal and corporate life.
Although the job has been a great learning experience, the Lord has made it clear to me that my current position is not what He has planned for me long term. Over the past couple of months, a passion has been reignited within me to study God’s Holy Word. In a society where so many pressures are placed upon us to become “of the world”, we need a strong and everlasting foundation to stand upon: to become “in” the world, not “of” the world.
The Lord has opened a door for me to move down to Branson, Missouri to become a student at the Kanakuk Institute. The Kanakuk Institute is an eight month program which involves intense Bible study and leadership training. In addition to taking class every day, I will also be taking part in an internship with a local ministry in the Branson community. This internship will allow me to put into practice all of the knowledge obtained in the classroom. Kanakuk’s mission is to ‘equip leaders with Biblical skills for a lifetime of ministry.’ Many students graduate from the Institute and pursue full-time ministry positions, while others continue on in their pursuits other careers or further education. Regardless of what comes next, I believe the foundation provided by this program is essential in making an impact for Christ in this world; this world that so desperately is in need of truth. God’s truth.
In that spirit, I am reaching out to you for support in answering God’s call. After studying His word, God has made it clear to me that just like Moses needed Aaron, and Paul needed Barnabas, I also need those who are willing to partner with me in prayer, in encouragement, and financially.
I would like to request that you prayerfully consider how you are being called to support me as I study God’s word. Specifically, you can assist me by:
1. Prayer – that I might give to God my all and surrender to His will with mybest effort every day as I study His word and serve faithfully in the role Hehas planned for me in a local ministry.
2. Encouragement – I would love to communicate with you and receivesupport in the form of emails, notes, etc. I can send my Branson mailingaddress later.
3. Finances – I am looking to raise $9,000 to assist in covering the costs ofthe program. I will be working part-time while attending the institute, but dueto student loans my own funds will be limited. Any assistance that youare being called to provide towards that remaining tuition expense would bean incredible blessing to me.
Again, I am excited for the steps I am being called to take in following God’s plan and I thank you for considering to join me in that journey. To stay updated on how God is using me during the next 9 months, you can follow my blog at www.mklunder.blogspot.com. Also, check out www.kanakukinstitute.com to find out more about KI.