During this time I have had the privilege of working with some amazing youth leaders, including Cherie Slabaugh.
I met Cherie in the fall of 2009 when she was a freshman at Parkland College. Despite being new in town and having to adjust to all the new demands and presurres of college, Cherie volunteered as a youth leader at TCBC during her free time. Over the next two years Cherie served faithfully at TCBC. In the summer of 2010, Cherie went with Campus Crusade for Christ on a short term mission trip to New Zealand during her summer break.
Recenlty, Cherie felt God calling her to serve in New Zealand again, but this time for a year!
Cherie is a faithful young women whom God is using in amazing ways to serve college students across the Globe. In order for Cherie to fulfill this ministrty opportunity, she must raise all of her own support.
As a sign of support, I am would like to donate the proceeds of a one hour photography session to Cherie’s ministry! Be the first person to schedule a photo session in resonse to this post and I will donate all of the proceeds from the shoot to her ministry! (Shoot must be in the month of September or October in the C-U area).
If you are not interested in a photo session, but would still like to donate to Cherie’s minstirty, click here.
If you are not able to give financially please join us in prayer for Cherie’s ministry in New Zealand!
Here is a little info directly from Cherie about her ministry:
This past year I went on a six week summer missions trip to New Zealand, I was involved with various Bible studies with Campus Crusade for Christ on the University of Illinois campus, attended a Christmas conference in Indianapolis, served on a spring break beach ministry trip to Panama City Beach, FL, and graduated with a degree in Veterinary Technology from Parkland College in May. All these experiences helped grow my faith and challenged me to think about my future and find what God had planned for me.
That is why I applied to be a missionary to New Zealand with Campus Crusade for Christ for a year. I was accepted for this position in late March, and will leave for New Zealand this November. I will serve there for the duration of their school year, and return home in November 2012. The decision was very much shaped by my six week experience last summer. I saw many students being boldly reached with the Gospel, lives being enriched through Christian community and Bible study, and I saw God at work as He drew lost sheep to Himself.
This fall, I want to be a part of the work that God is doing in New Zealand and work to help lost students become Christ-centered laborers at the Victoria University of Wellington. You may not know that New Zealand is a dark and needy place. They have high rates of alcoholism and depression, and the highest teenage suicide rate in the world. Many think of New Zealand and an idyllic place to live or vacation, but few know about its post-Christian lifestyles, broken homes, and citizens’ feelings of isolation.
Last summer’s life changing trip would not have been possible without the support and prayer of many faithful friends and family. Please pray about becoming a part of ministry this fall on the other side of the world either prayerfully or financially.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”