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A family in Jamestown is considering selling their home and most of their earthly possessions to focus on making a positive impact on the world.
Jordan and Kira Spencer, along with their daughters, Chloe and Scarlet, will be moving from their Chautauqua County home to Kona, Hawaii in September. Unlike most people who visit Hawaii, the Spencers won’t go for the white sand beaches or to swim with dolphins, but instead they travel nearly 5,000 miles to attend the University of the Nations Youth. With A Mission to train for six months ministry work.
“We want to take what we’re good at, our talents and our gifts, and find ways to focus on that to make an impact on the world,” Jordan Spencer said. “We want to share the love of Christ with the people with whom we are in contact. “
This isn’t the first time the Spencers have visited other parts of the world to help the less fortunate on a mission. Jordan Spencer said he went to Israel once; Jamaica twice, once with Kira; and once to the Dominican Republican, with his wife and Chloe.
“We have been doing this together for several years” Jordan Spencer said. “The different environments people grow up in around the world are so radically different from what we have here in the United States. We understand how blessed we have been. “
Unlike previous missionary trips, the Spencers will not be returning to Chautauqua County for the foreseeable future. Kira Spencer has said that they have served church missions in the past, but now they have felt the transition in their minds and hearts to begin the work of the ministry.
“We couldn’t be more excited about what he has in store for us in this adventure, and doing it as a family,” he added. she said. “Sharing the hope and love of Christ is one of the best gifts we can receive here on earth. We made the choice to sell everything and give our children the chance to discover different cultures and religions.
Also, unlike on past mission trips, the Spencers will not know where they are going to carry out their ministry work until their training is complete.
“This is just the start of the process. We don’t know where we’re going after training. We don’t know how long we’re going to do this. Jordan Spencer said. “A lot of communities are in third world countries that have a lot of needs. We will be going to a number of places to help, to help communities in a practical way. Whether it’s building houses or digging a well, we’ll be part of it. “
Kira Spencer said there is great anticipation of not knowing where they will go after their practice.
“When we arrive, he will reveal the next step”, she said. “We go with open hands where we are needed, for whatever he wants us to do. We have a “yes” written in our hearts. “
To help the Spencers in their ministry work, REALiFE Church, where Jordan Spencer is associate pastor, is holding a fundraiser for a shoe drive until Sunday, July 25. Rehearsals or Studio D Catering food truck as well as weekly pop-up locations of local businesses.
REALiFE Church will earn money based on the total weight of the shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the shoes collected. All donated shoes will then be redistributed through the Funds2Orgs network of small business partners. Funds2Orgs works with micro-entrepreneurs to help them create, maintain and develop small businesses in developing countries where economic opportunities and jobs are limited. The proceeds from the sale of shoes collected during fundraising are used to feed, clothe and house their families.
Helena Walter, coordinator of REALiFE Church, said a pop-up event will take place at Studio D Catering on Tuesday, where that day there will be a special tacos for anyone bringing a pair of shoes. Additionally, on Friday July 23, there will be a pop-up event at Farmer Brown’s Beef & More in Lakewood, where there will also be a special event for anyone bringing shoes to donate.
Walter said there would also be a drive-through scavenger hunt on Saturday, July 17, starting at 11 a.m. at REALiFE Church, located at 556 E. Second St. She said the scavenger hunt would take place in all the city. She added that it’s $ 25 per car to participate and that there will be pizza and prizes at the end of the scavenger hunt.
“We are delighted with our shoe drive”, Walter said. “We know most people have extra shoes in their closets that they would like to give us. In doing so, we are raising funds for the Spencer family to go into the mission field, and we are fortunate to help families in developing countries who are in need of economic opportunity. It’s a win-win for everyone.
For more information on the Spencers and their ministry work, visit lightupthedark.info.