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Urban Experience Support Letter

Urban Experience Support Letter

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Published by Joshua Long
A brief letter offering an opportunity for you to partner in mission as I serve the Lord in inner-city Louisville!
A brief letter offering an opportunity for you to partner in mission as I serve the Lord in inner-city Louisville!

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Published by: Joshua Long on May 22, 2013
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12/09/2014

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Dear  Family  and  Friends,     I  am  so  excited  to  be  writing  this  letter.

 God  has  opened  up  so  many  great  opportunities  in  the  past  few   years  for  me  to  grow  in  relationship  with  Him.    He  has  also  increased  my  love  for  His  people  and  a  desire   to  serve  the  poor.    How  gracious  a  God  to  change  our  stubborn  hearts  so  that  we  may  experience  life!     As   you   may   know,   I   recently   finished   a   year   of   mission   in   the   south-­‐side   of   Chicago.     During   that   time   the   Lord   confirmed   a   desire   to   serve   in   full-­‐time   ministry,   and   after   finishing   my   commitments   I   moved   to   Louisville,  KY  to  begin  a  Master  of  Divinity  degree  at  The  Southern  Baptist  Theological  Seminary.  I  have   since   become   a   member   of   Sojourn   Community   Church   where   the   Lord   has   opened   up   another   opportunity  to  join  Him  in  mission!         This   opportunity   is   a   mercy   internship   through   a   program   called   the   Urban   Experience   (UE).   UE   is   a   leadership   training   program   started   by   Sojourn   and   supported   by   a   biblically   based   missions   organization  called  Great  Commission  Ministries  (GCM).  Sojourn’s  desire  is  to  implement  UE  as  a  means   to   raise   leaders   in   the   local   church   and   reach   local   communities   with   the   Gospel.     One   way   this   will   be   accomplished   is   through   the   purchase   and   rehabilitation   of   abandoned   homes   and   the   occupation   of   those  homes  with  interns.  Interns  will  be  living  within  the  inner-­‐city  neighborhood  of  Shelby  Park  for  1   year,  working  at  Sojourn  and  a  local  men’s  homeless  shelter  and  participating  in  pastoral  training.  During   this  year  I  will  also  be  expected  to  intentional  reach  the  community  with  the  good  news  of  Christ.     In  order  to  make  this  possible,  I  need  to  develop  a  ministry  team  –  a  group  of  people  who  will  join  with   GCM  to  make  this  internship  a  reality.  I  am  responsible  to  raise  $21,000  by  July  19,  2013.    To  reach  this   goal   I’m   trusting   God   to   provide   people   to   invest   gifts   of   $100,   $50,   or   $35   per   month   from   now   until   the   end   of   the   program   –   July   2014.     Singular   gifts   of   $100-­‐$2000   are   a   blessing   too!   It   is   a   exciting   challenge   to  raise  this  amount,  but  I  am  confident  in  God’s  call  and  know  He  will  provide  through  His  people.     Will   you   prayerfully   consider   giving   to   GCM   to   meet   this   need?     Doing   so   will   allow   me   to   obey   God’s  call  on  my  life  and  proclaim  His  greatness  to  the  residents  of  Shelby  Park.     The  renewal  of  homes  serves  as  a  parable  symbolizing  the  renewal  Christ  has  done  in  our  hearts.    I  am   elated  to  have  you  consider  being  a  part  this  ministry  team!    Your  friendship  has  already  effected  me  in   ways  you  cannot  possibly  imagine.    Thank  you  so  much  for  your  prayer  and  support.       Gifts   may   be   given   online   at   In  love,   www.gcmweb.org/joshua.long   or   checks   can   be     made   out   to   Great   Commission   Ministries   and   Joshua  Long   mailed  to:           1060  Rogers  Lane           Florissant,  MO    63033      

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