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If you had the opportunity to help somebody in a way that could potentially change their life forever, wouldn’t you take it? I would. At least, I’d like to think so… But the truth is that we’re surrounded by opportunities like this daily, and it’s easy to pass them by if we’re not living with our eyes open. We can get so caught up in our own issues that it’s as if we’re wearing blinders. We get tunnel vision and are unable to see the needs of those who are right in front of us.

I think that people often forget how much impact can be made with simple acts of kindness. As I think about the past few years, I can remember so many times when I had a need and somebody came through for me. I’ve been blessed by people buying me groceries, paying for car repairs, leaving envelopes of money in my bedroom, giving me clothing, picking up my bill in restaurants, paying for my gas, and speaking so many timely words of encouragement into my life. I’ll never forget these things. The fact that somebody noticed my need and cared enough about me to do something about it means more to me than I could ever sufficiently articulate. It touches my heart like nothing else.

You may think, “I’m just one person and I don’t have much, so what can I do? Does anything I do really matter anyway?” The answer is yes. It matters. Everything matters. The choices we make on a daily basis – they matter. Every day we can choose to either go about our lives considering nobody but ourselves, or we can open up our eyes and look around for opportunities to bless others.

And now…

I’m going to present you with an opportunity.

This is my friend, Sophie Thiel.

In a couple of days, Sophie will be starting DTS (discipleship training school) at the YWAM (Youth With a Mission) base in Montana (http://www.ywammt.org/). This is a 5 month program which consists of 3 months of classes/training in preparation for 2 months of hands-on ministry overseas. The students don’t find out what countries they’ll be visiting until later in the program, but some of the possibilities include India, Nepal, Ukraine, Taiwan, and Thailand. As you can imagine, a trip of this magnitude requires finances – $6000 to be exact. This will cover all of Sophie’s living expenses for 5 months (room and board, meals, airfare, transportation, and various expenses during her time overseas). She’ll begin classes on January 2nd; but has until February to gather all of the funds. This is where you and I come in.

We have an opportunity here to bless Sophie by supporting her financially. It will be Sophie’s first time overseas, and she’ll be living there for 2 months spending her time doing missions outreach. This is a big step of faith that undoubtedly will have a lasting impact on not only Sophie, but also the many people that she’ll encounter through ministry. This is an opportunity with the potential to change many lives; and it’s our responsibility to help in any and every way that we can. We can support Sophie with prayer and encouragement – but she also needs funds. I’ve chosen to support her as much as I’m able, and I really wish that I could afford to give more. So, I’m asking everyone who reads this to please help Sophie by taking out your check book and giving some financial support. Any amount will help. I also ask that you’d share this with others so that they can help too.

Please make checks payable to:

Sophie Thiel

PO Box 172, Ottertail, MN 56571


YWAM (write Sophie Thiel in the memo portion of your check)

YWAM Registrar, 501 Blacktail Road, Lakeside, MT 59922