First of all, I would like to thank you for your support for my ministry and missionary work over the past several years. Many of you may remember my trips to San Raymundo, Guatemala, where I served at Morning Glory Christian Academy alongside the director and founder Lori Nij. Lori is an alum of Dallas Christian College and has been in Guatemala for over 30 years with her family, raising up future generations with a desire to see lives eternally impacted in the name of and with the love of Christ.
As you may know, my dream has always been to be involved in international children’s ministry and serve in cross cultural missions. I now see that dream coming to fruition and am excited to announce that I will be moving to San Raymundo, Guatemala, in January of 2017 working as a missionary under CEIBA VIDA International.
CEIBA VIDA is a new and growing organization focused on bringing community development and restoration around the world. As the first missionary of CEIBA VIDA, I will have the opportunity to help grow the strategic partnership our organization has with Lori and Morning Glory. I will have the honor of shadowing her and will be helping to assist her ministry in facilitating short-term groups, administrative tasks, and helping with a new sports program. Specifically, my time at Morning Glory will be spent learning from a team and a woman who have been involved in Guatemalan education at a level of excellence for the last 15 years. Through learning from her and her impact in this country, CEIBA VIDA hopes to be able to replicate this extremely effective model in other parts of the country in the years to come with the blessing of Lori Nij, our inspiration and mentor in missions.
I have committed to serve one year in Guatemala with CEIBA VIDA to help put these plans in motion. This is a big step towards long term missional ministry and serving on the field full time. In the past, my needs have been limited to one time donations. As my ministry endeavors develop, I am needing a new kind or support. I am required to raise $24,000 for the year of 2017 or about $2000 per month to cover my salary and ministry expenses. Alongside one time donations, I also need people who will join in this ministry with me, and support me on a monthly basis financially and through prayer. I know God has called me to international ministry and I know that He has placed a passion in my heart to teach children of all ages about Him. I am still seeking His plan, taking this first step, and will go as God leads to determine if I will serve in Guatemala for more than one year or not.
This is an exciting opportunity and it will be a learning experience for my ministry. I cannot wait to see what God has in store! If you have further questions, please feel free to email me directly at email@example.com.
Thank you for your support in my life and in the work of His kingdom!
Guatemala Field Coordinator
CEIBA VIDA International
Note: As a new organization, CEIBA VIDA's online giving platform and 501(c)3 Status is in process. Temporarily, CEIBA VIDA is operating as a project of Kiros Ministries, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. At this time, online donations for Natalie will be collected through YouCaring and will not be tax-deductible. If you wish to make a donation at this time that is tax-deductible, please mail a check to the following address made out to Kiros Ministries with Natalie Gillaspy in the memo line:
P.O. Box 244
Fayetteville, TN 37334
(If you previously sent a check to the former address listed, your donation was received. We have switched to this mailing address to allow donations to be processed more effectively and timely. Thank you!)
CEIBA VIDA's website and social media accounts will be launching soon, so please keep an eye out for all things CEIBA VIDA! We are excited to share with you more about our vision, strategy, and projects in the works.