Dear friends and family,
I want to tell you about some exciting new things unfolding in my life and invite you to be a part.
A Surprising Opportunity
This year has held many changes and surprises for me. After graduating from the University of North Texas in May with my BFA in Metalsmithing, I moved home to work and figure out the next step. Through an interesting turn of events, I re-connected with a ministry called Servantworks, based in Thailand. They offer art classes and life-skills training to Thai bar girls and women coming out of prostitution. Their aim is to equip these women with dignified and sustainable work skills while showing them the unconditional love of Jesus.
A few months ago, I received a newsletter about the progress of their jewelry sales. I emailed asking if they needed any help, and as it so happens, they had been praying for a volunteer to teach metalsmithing! Once my internship application was accepted, I began working on jewelry class ideas, lesson plans, supply lists, and fundraising. God has been very faithful to provide me with technical, relational and spiritual support, and I know He will also provide the financial support.
What I Will Do
My role will be to teach metalsmithing to women who already sell beaded jewelry. My desire is to equip them with more marketable skills that provide better wages than selling the beaded work they already create. Many of these women had been sold into prostitution by their familes, some had been lured by the promise of financial security, and most abused drugs to cope with their tragic lifestyles. My prayer is that God will use my training to help these ladies, and that I will learn how best to show them His unconditional love and acceptance.
Please join me in praying for the following:
- That I will be an effective teacher
- That God will prepare my heart to love and serve these people
- That the students will be eager to learn
- That I will reach my fundraising goal on time! (I’m hoping to have half my goal raised by December 10th so I can secure airfare in advance.)
My trip dates are January 14th to April 14th. In order to stay the full three months of my internship, I’ll need to raise about $4500. This includes airfare, lodging, transportation, and food. If you wish to partner with me, you can either mail a check to the address at the bottom, or make a tax-deductible donation on the website: http://servantworks.com/donate. Much more than a donation, your prayers and financial support are real, tangible ways to invest in the lives of those I am sent to serve.
Also, you can keep up with me through my website: www.chelseyalyse.com. I’ll post information about my trip, pictures, lesson plans, and general updates.
Thanks so much, everyone!
P.O. Box 1505, Canton, TX 75103 – Make checks payable to Chelsey Burleson.
Or to make tax-deductible donations, visit http://servantworks.com/donate. Under the “Missionaries” drop-down menu, select my name.