Thursday, July 16, 2009

Your SUPPORT is needed!

As you know, Im working for a residential care facility with teenagers in crisis. I am almost done! About 6 more weeks, and then Im off to Las Vegas. I am moving there to spend time with my dad, and to work hard to pay off my debt before going on the race. I have a job lined up for the most part, on-call nannying for the hotels, but no car yet. Thankfully, I will be living with my dad to offset some costs. 

Since I work 24/7, most of my support has come from friends and family like you! Thank you if you have financially supported my LeadTime year. I have $55 left in my Doulos support account, which is JUST under what I am needing for my next pay check, which combined with my stipend check is usually exactly what I need. God has been faithful thus far to provide for me. But, I am asking for your help for the month of August. 

I am asking for $500 to help me move home to Las Vegas and to sustain me and my bills for the month of September. 

I ask that you would prayerfully consider supporting me financially. As my time in Missouri is coming to a close, your timely response would be incredibly encouraging to me. If you would like to support me through Doulos (tax deductible), please send your support before August 1: 

Doulos Ministries
801 W. Mineral Ave,  Suite 202
Littleton, co  80120

To support me directly, please send checks to:
Chelsie O'Neal 
282 Doulos Rd
Branson, MO  65616

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Even if you cannot support me financially, your prayers are always welcomed!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Missions Minded

Hey Everyone!

Hard to believe this time is almost over... I have a month and a half left, which feels like nothing compared to the 10 1/2 behind me. Time flies... so weird!

Last Monday, the whole girls house left for Kansas City for our missions trip. Its only about 3 1/2 hours away, but we took our time getting there. Fortunately, I was off on Monday night around 5 when we got there. It was like a day off! Erin Conner, Amber (the LT intern and a my co-big) and I went to dinner at Old Chicago, and then to a movie. It was awesome to spend time with the girls, and was much needed. Tuesday, we went to the Kansas City area food bank to sort food. We sorted through 6 of the gigantic boxes and several of the collection barrels. (Pic below: me after emptying the huge box!) We cleared the aisle in just three short hours! It was really fun to sort the food, and I think the girls enjoyed it also. The food bank feeds 60,000 people a week, with mostly children. It was awesome! On Wednesday, we went to a living history museum to help with various projects in the morning and a book bank in the afternoon. I helped strip and prime the church at the living history museum; we didn't get very far though with only a few hours to work. It was fun to paint, and I was with 3 other big sisters and a house director. We had fun, at least I think WE did. I know I did. At the book bank, we helped count hard back and soft back books, and then were able to pick out some books to take home. It was a good day! Besides work, we were able to have some fun too. We went to The Plaza in Kansas City, a huge outdoor shopping area. We hung out at Coldstone and the fountain in the park. It was cool to see a new city.

Its my weekend off this past weekend, and I spent it sewing baby blankets for my sister. She is due in January, most likely after I leave for the race. Since I dont know what she is having until next month, I made two! It was super fun to sew... now Im all tired from it though. But SO worth it!!! I have a few more projects that I've already prepared for, and I cant wait to sew those also. I think, after this weekend, I have an addictive personality... but maybe I already knew that.

I havent been feeling that great lately, lots of headaches, and fatigue... but today, I took care of myself and took a 3 hour nap while everyone else went to community service. I still cant believe I slept that long. Im not a napper by any means, I usually wake up really groggy and stay that way for an hour. I actually had dreams during my nap too, which I think means that I was in a DEEEEEEP sleep. WOW. I could have slept another 2 hours I bet, if only I wasnt woken up by a little. OH the days of sleeping in my own room.

I've gotten permission to leave LeadTime a few days early, on August 27. This will help me to prepare a little more for life in Vegas (working, car, etc), and also give me a few days to settle before going to Oregon for a wedding that Im in (YAY Autumn!!!). Im really excited to see my family and friends, especially since I will be traveling around the world soon...

The race is still constantly on my mind... but Im trying to balance it with "real time" life. Its super hard sometimes, but Im just trying. Thats all I can do. I have 43 days to make it the best I can. My goal is to have one on one time with one girl each day. Yesterday, I had two, so that was awesome time spent with them. I've also been talking a lot to my fellow teammates, which is really exciting and fun. I like getting to know them, and cant wait to meet all of them! YAY!

Prayer Requests:
  1. Rest, Im super tired this week, and need to continue to learn how to take care of myself.
  2. Quality time, as this season of my life closes, I want to be sure to leave a "legacy" to my girls. Pray that I would make it my priority, as it should be, to really spend time with them.
  3. Provision, for all things race related. Pray that the Lord would show up and that I would use what he has given me well.
Happy Day! Thanks for reading!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

PRAISES to the Lord on HIGH!

HEY everyone!!

I posted my last blog on Monday evening, and as of last night, Tuesday, I had received another $245... OVERNIGHT! I cant believe it!

God has been so faithful to me, and Im so grateful! 

Please consider supporting me financially in this journey! 

CLICK HERE to donate online!

ALSO, dont forget about my rag blanket!