This Week’s Marriage Challenge:
Every day this week, do something a little romantic.
Y’all … a bit of happy news and a fundraiser.
About a year ago, Paul and I started talking about getting an RV and traveling full time doing small seminars and meeting folks around the country. In an update last June, Paul said “There is no way we can make this happen, it will have to be God.”
God’s funny (and so very good).
A couple of weeks ago while we were kicking tires at the local dealer, we found a used trailer we really liked. We thought we could fairly easily convert it to what we need, but there was a problem – we hadn’t done a fundraiser yet. We had good reason to think our bank would give us a loan, however, the morning we were going into town to talk to the bank, Paul just didn’t have any peace about. So we prayed and set it aside.
Within two hours he received an email offering a FREE RV. It was sitting at a park managed by a friend at church. The Christian couple living in it were moving for work and did not want to take it across the country. They asked our friend to find someone who would be blessed to receive it as a gift!
Last Friday it became ours! It’s a 34-foot fifth wheel with two pop-outs. It even has a few extras we wanted to add when we had the money – things like a washer and dryer (happy dance), and it has solar panels, extra batteries, and an inverter with clean enough power for our computers.
We spent most of Saturday checking it out and thinking through how to modify it for our needs (we need room for two standing desks). It needs a bit of work, and we don’t have a tow vehicle yet. This is where we ask you for help. We want this to be a true crowd funding thing, with donations from $2 to $5. As that is about what a coffee costs at Starbucks, we are calling our fundraiser “Send us out with a cup of coffee.”
We figure we need about $20,000 to get on the road. As Paul and I each reach tens of thousands of people, achieving the goal on donations of no more than $5 should be do-able. You can help us out in either of two ways:
1. Fold a piece of paper around a few dollar bills, toss it in an envelope, and send it to:
Paul & Lori Byerly
PO Box 2166
Deer Park, WA, 99006-2166
2. Hit PayPal.
All donations will go through The Marriage Bed (our non-profit). If there is no name and address in the envelope it will be considered an anonymous cash donation. If you include your name and address (cash or check made out to The Marriage Bed), you may claim it as a donation (due to the number of small donations we are expecting, we will not be acknowledging them individually for this fundraiser only).
We will keep you updated on the number of you who send something, and the total donated. If you wish to give more, please use our normal donation page.
We are excited about what God has done and look forward to being able to travel and meet many of you. We have created The Generous Journey for those who want to follow the story more closely (the page is pretty basic because we just got the URL).
Not all those who wander are lost. J.R.R. Tolkien (though I expect that will happen now and then)
Prayer Prompt ♥ Please pray for Paul and me as we follow our dream.
Hot, Holy & Humorous: 8 Things I’d Say about Sex If I Had NO Filter (Heaven Help Us All) Totally loved this.
The Generous Husband: 5 Signs You Need a Marriage Counselor Nice guest post from Marriage Rescue Associates.
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