Thursday, October 2, 2014

SEEN Gathering 6 week updates!

It is hard to believe that it has been a little over six weeks since SEEN Gathering officially launched! The Lord has been so good during this time and once again I am so humbled at the Lord's blessings each step of the way. I have seen over and over again the truth of the saying, "where God guides, He provides" in so many miraculous circumstances these past couple of years as this was just a dream and a calling and truly have seen the Lord work in so many ways these past six weeks. Today, I wanted to share with y'all some many amazing updates and some ways that you can be involved in this incredible ministry!  
First though I want to take a moment to thank the sweet ladies who have truly come along side this ministry and are sacrificing their time and sharing so much of their hearts with everyone. Thank you so much to Katie (who does an amazing job with our pinterest board) and Alison (who is in charge of our scripture memory section!) for your efforts and help behind the scenes. You have been such a blessing (and incredibly patient)!! Thank you so much to Michelle, Katie, Grace, and Jade for your willingness to share your hearts with our readers on the SEEN Gathering blog! These first posts have been simply amazing and are encouraging the hearts of so many!! Finally, thank you to each of you ladies for ALL of your prayers for this ministry and the way that you have blessed so many!!
Second, one of the updates that we have made is that while the SEEN Gathering website remains the same (www.seengathering.org), the blog is now located HERE  at www.seengathering.com. Just so y'all are aware- the blog is updated every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday!
Third, as we mentioned on our facebook page, we are so honored to have been nominated for two Wego Health Activist Awards (rookie of the year & best team performance)! Thank you so much to those that have nominated us! If you would like to endorse these nominations or nominate us for something else please click HERE! Thank you again!
Fourth, speaking of our Facebook page (and social media in general) we have loved connecting with so many people through these avenues! Would you spread the word and take the time to connect with us through these different avenues? We appreciate so much your love and support and love being able to update y'all and connect in a more personal way on these sites. You can connect with us through the following ways:
Instagram- Click HERE
Facebook Page- Click HERE
Pinterest- Click HERE
Twitter- Click HERE
Fifth, you might have seen on instagram and facebook that we mentioned that we need y'alls help! We are in the process of compiling a list of questions to send to churches to reach out and connect with them and help them start to think about whether they are a "chronically ill/pain friendly" church. We will also be sending out to them information about the website, our ministry, the upcoming magazine, and the crate 526 program. If there is any thing that you wish that churches would do or provide that would make them more "chronically ill/pain friendly" (or if you feel your church does something well!) we would love your input (suggestions will be kept anonymous)! We have received so many AMAZING ideas already and would welcome more! Leave a comment below or email us at (seengathering@gmail.com)! We are looking forward to connecting with churches in a deeper way about this issue!
Sixth, we are so excited that the SEEN Gathering magazine will launch in early January 2015!! At this point the magazine will be a bi-yearly publication and we are very excited about this! If you are interested in being apart of this exciting project and would like to find out more about submissions please click HERE! The submission deadline is fast approaching so contact us as soon as possible! We would love to hear from you!

Seventh, you might have seen on our website that we will be holding a retreat in the upcoming year! This is a project that we are very excited about and are looking forward to connecting with a small group of y'all! We would covet your prayers as our financial backer for this project has unfortunately gone through a very difficult personal experience and has had to withdraw their financial support for this project. (Our thoughts and prayers are with you dear friend during this difficult time!) We have found a wonderful and perfect setting to host the retreat (right in the middle of the US!) and it is very "chronically ill/pain friendly". At this point we are in need of the deposit which would be $250 and in total we are estimating that we $1500 to keep the price affordable for those who will attend. If you are interested in finding out more about how you can support  or sponsor this particular project of SEEN Gathering please email us at: seengathering@gmail.com and we will send you more information. In the meantime we covet your prayers as we continue to pray about the Lord's provision and direction for this event. 
Finally, we are SO excited that we are less then 7 weeks away from launching our Crate 526 program! If you haven't read about this amazing program you can read more about it HERE! We have been OVERWHELMED by the outpouring of support and desire to be apart of this program since the day the website launched. To be truthful we have hundreds of sign ups and we would love your help! Would you consider being apart of this amazing program? Your donation -$5 and 6 items will change TWO people's lives!! Want to find out more about how you can be apart of this- click HERE! Don't know what to send? That is fine! Fill out the form and someone will get back to you with all of the necessary information! Are you an Etsy shop owner that would like to donate items? We would LOVE to have you! Are you a teacher? EVERY box that we send will contain handwritten notes to the recipients. Would you consider having your class write notes of encouragement? Don't have time to purchase items but would like to help cover the cost of shipping? We would be so grateful! There are so many different ways that you can change the course of someones life through this program. Please pray about how you might do so today!!

Thank you so much friends for all of your support of this ministry. At the end of the day we are so incredibly grateful for your support and love. Thank you for all of your prayers and for truly helping those who are hurting remember that they are SEEN. 

With Love, 

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