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Little did I know...

This last year has been an ADVENTURE, to say the least.  For the last 20 years I have been working in ministry at different capacities, through all seasons of life, with most of that having worked in a missions organization called Youth With a Mission (YWAM).  Luke and I started pioneering YWAM Ember Ink almost 10 years ago (In October) as we just said "yes" to God, He led us to the Bay Area.  It's taken everything in us to not just survive in this place but gain traction as this area has its unique challenges for people doing life the way we do. However, in God's great goodness... we are still here and seeing lives transformed! (100% His doing). 

 

A couple of years ago God impressed upon us to launch a Neighborhood Center/Ministry Complex in our Neighborhood. Our heart has always been about RESTORATION... restoring things, lives, and neighborhoods. We have always had the inherent belief that God is in the business of restoring things. He brings beauty from ashes (Isiah 61), He brings life to dry bones (Ezekiel 37). This truth has moved our heart into fully pursuing this step in our ministry. In the middle of this pursuit, I was approached to prayerfully consider the position of Interim Youth Director at our home church as they entered into a transition. And after a lot of prayer, and it not making any sense, we felt the Lord was giving us a green light to say yes to this request. 

 

Like I said, this last year has been an ADVENTURE! Being Youth Director had me working in a different ministry context, with a new team and a new demographic. Little did I know that I'd be shifting from in-person ministry to teachings on-line (yes, I'm a YouTuber now), coaching times over zoom and pastoral care on the phone. Every moment was so very valuable, challenging, stretching, and delightful. How amazing is it that we were one of the leading youth ministries in doing real-time large gatherings online before most even started getting things in place? (Once again, 100% His doing). I've been grateful for the staff, the volunteer team, the families and the opportunity. We didn't know how long it would last for but now that I've wrapped that season up, Luke and I are now relaunching some of the dreams we had put on "pause" to serve the church. 


So, what does the next steps look like?...

 

Things moving forward are 2-fold:  

Firstly, I need some time to take care of me. I'm going to take this month to rest!  Having navigated the Church's Youth Ministry during the state of our world (with a global pandemic) had me going into overdrive. I was constantly on my toes, navigating and maneuvering on unknown terrain and I'm needing a short break. 

 

I'm also taking time to reconnect with my family as the constant state of unknown took a lot more time than we expected. 

 

As I shift back into YWAM, I also need to fundraise for my annual salary so we can move forward in freedom. So I hope to see traction in that over the next month so I can dive in with ease.

 

Secondly, we are thrilled to move the Neighborhood Center/Ministry Complex forward! We are starting to fundraise for that too. My heart skips a beat at the possibilities that this could bring for our neighborhood, the families, the youth... you name it.  We're really hopeful for some investors and buy-in from those who know, not only the need, but the opportunity this is for God-centered work in a financially disadvantaged community. To see restoration here!

 

So, what can you do?...

 
Well, if you want to: 

  • LEARN MORE you can SIGN UP FOR OUR NEWSLETTER


  • HELP FUND ANGELA for her salary you can SET UP A MONTHLY DONATION


  • INVEST INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD CENTER you can GIVE A FINANCIAL DONATION


  • You can PRAY! We need it!


  • You can VOLUNTEER! We have some fundraising opportunities coming and you can help us launch some of those.



Thank you friends, for following us along on the journey!!!

- Angela


 

 



 











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Hi Friends, I hope this note finds you well. 

What a different landscape we see when we venture outside these days. Angela and I have had lots of discussions of how to pivot and prepare for this season and the next. 

Like many of you, my role over the past few months has shifted predominately to the role of a father which I'm incredibly grateful. 

I'm reminded no matter how circumstances may look, His presence feels the same, even more close, even more urgent as He draws near to us. Beckoning us near to Him, to hear His heartbeat amongst all the noise. What a discipline and skill to hear His voice amongst all the distraction.

As a primary relational ministry the lockdown has been difficult to navigate at the best of times. Walking through these changes and challenges with...  


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April 2020 Update: A word for Today

How are you Today?

This season can easily look disheartening. When you're forced to peel back the dependable layers of in-person connection, freedom of roaming the land, and possibly adding extra family demands and levels of uncertainty... we can effortlessly plunge into a tailspin. It is clearly a battle!! And some days we can muster up the courage to plow through and others we just exist by the skin of our teeth.


WHAT ABOUT TODAY?

We have just come off the coattails of celebrating Easter. The foundation of our faith and the hope that this life actually has meaning...  


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Thank you for joining us on this journey. For almost every adult person I know, finances are the #1 stress point in their lives. It is easy for our eyes to bug out and to feel anxious and panic about how everything will work out.

 Stress and anxiety regarding finances a temptation for us too!

However, as we are transparent with varying needs and as you read them, I want to remind you that ultimate provision comes from the Creator God. He has all of us in the palm of His hand! Isn't that incredible?!!
    


We are so grateful that we have been serving in San Jose for more than 10 years!! That is a beautiful MIRACLE in itself! Thank you for helping serve the marginalized in our city and see young people come alive with Jesus! You are a true instrument of His grace, provision and faith! We are grateful for your generosity and partnership!

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GIVING OPPORTUNITIES
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We currently have around 60% of our yearly budget committed to, it's never an exact science but as funding ebbs and flows we are always working to keep the fundraising steady. What you see below is opportunities to contribute towards things that are pressing or things we are believing for. 

For us it has been our faith gap! This is the gap we are not only believing to be filled but what we are actively working towards getting filled. Ultimately, we celebrate God's faithfulness in His CALLING us here and KEEPING us here as full-time missionaries to San Jose, California! 


URGENT NEEDS (August 6th 2020)

    • We are needing to see another $30k arrive to get us through the end of the year to meet the gap as Ang transitions and fundraises for full-time YWAM.


Would you be praying for us? We have no doubt in God's Goodness. However, we do need a team to be praying for us, our partners and future partners as we journey on Kingdom efforts together! Thank you.




GENERAL NEEDS: 

REGULAR PARTNERSHIPS

  • Goal $6,500/month to meet Ang's annual salary 
(To read more click the thermometer).

Please consider making commitment to help us reach our goal. 


Give online HERE... oHERE... , you will just need to indicate your PREFERENCE is for it to go towards The Haythorpes. These donations are tax-deductible. 



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Due to the urgent nature of some requests, you can give via PayPal to lukehaythorpe@gmail.com or bank deposit. 


Direct one-time gifts of non-tax-deductible nature can be dropped of 
in downtown San Jose directly to the Haythorpes.
Please email for more information.

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 What a gift.


We've all seen so many things swarming across our eyes, brains and hearts these past few weeks. I've honestly delayed writing an update, because, how hard is it for us all to find our footing when plans are cancelled, dreams shattered, and incomes once stable - now in limbo. The circumstances have really given me pause to stop and remember what needs to matter in my life. 

I've spent some time reflecting upon when, ten years ago, we arrived to the US. It was just in the midst of the great recession, our kids were a lot smaller (thats for sure) and we were struggling to survive life in the US. It is wild to see how much as changed, how we have developed and grown, but also to see that the struggle is very much the same, it just looks different.

We...


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Saying Yes to Jesus this Year


Most of us have felt it. That little nudge from out of nowhere, which requires action. You know it's not something you'd normally gravitate towards and sometimes don't even want to do... but you feel it... The nudge of the Holy Spirit asking you to step out of your comfort zone and take a step of faith into the unknown.

Last October, I said yes to helping serve our church as their Interim Youth Director...


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Roaring 20's NYE Gala Update

END OF YEAR UPDATE


We held an end of year gala/fundraiser to celebrate all God has done and look forward to what He has in store for this next year. I think it was a "roaring" success. While we didn't quite hit our goal of raising $25,000 on the night to go towards our Youth Neighborhood YWAM Center (we instead came out ahead $5,000) we definitely succeeded in surprising and honoring Angela, it was her birthday, and thanked and celebrated all she is to YWAM and our family! Thank you to all who came out and joined in the festivities! We feel supported and loved by ALL of you! If you would like to give a gift towards our need of a facility please go to: EmberInk.com/building-fund > 
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