The last thing I want to do is rappel off a building.
I didn't realize until I was an adult that I am 100%, absolutely afraid of heights. Living in the PNW I love going on beautiful mountainous hikes with friends, but when we get to the inevitable spot looking over a cliff edge at a beautiful valley or plummeting waterfall, you'll find me 20 ft away from the ledge firmly planted to the ground, hoping my three points of contact will protect me from the irrational movie playing in my head of slipping and falling to my demise.
I've been helping plan and market this event for the better half of a year now, telling people they should do it, it'll be fun, it's a great adventure, it's for the kids! All the while thinking, I WILL NEVER DO THAT. Well you know what, the bible has a lot to say about fear, it has zero part to play in the life of the believer (Isaiah 41:10, Philippians 4:6-7, Psalm 23:4, Psalm 27:1, 2 Timothy 1:7, Deuteronomy 31:8, John 14:27).
I don't want to be another hypocritical Jesus follower, telling others what they should do, and then not doing that very thing myself. I know that rappelling down a building isn't some big spiritual decision, but I do believe it will help a lot more kids. I know first-hand ALL the projects we want to do in our communities, amazing things like building a new community center in the slums of Uganda, a safe place for children to eat and learn, when they don't have safety anywhere else in their lives, a private school for children in Mexico who're easy victims to the gang life, but who if given the education and love they need to thrive can radically change the trajectory of their future, and expanded feeding programs in all our locations so that more children can be included in them!
In the last year and a half alone I've had 3 mission trips canceled, one to visit my beloved Nicaragua family, and two to Uganda (our wonderful new program we don't even have a video of yet). I don't want to miss this chance I have so close to home to continue living on mission for vulnerable communities I love.
And all this is why...
I am stepping Over The Edge for Forward Edge...
140 feet over to be exact!!
I am committed to raise at least $1,000 to help children in some of the world's poorest countries overcome the obstacles of extreme poverty and become all they were created to be! To do that, I am rappelling 140 feet down the beautiful Portland Astoria Apartment Building in downtown Portland!
Why $1,000? Because through Forward Edge, $1,000 can provide things like:
- 1,000 nutritious meals for hungry children
- 800 Medical Check-ups
- Safe drinking water for 16 families
- 3 young adults with a semester of college
If $1,000 can do these things, just think what we can do if we raised more!
Please consider donating to my $1,000 goal, every little bit helps! OR do something crazy yourself, and join my team! I'm looking for four other people to step to the edge and rappel with me! Join my team by clicking here.