Help send me back to Belarus! :)

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Help send me back to Belarus! :)

From Talia Ashby

I am returning to see my wonderful friends and spiritual family in Belarus! I love these people so much! And while I am overseas, I will be serving through a summer camp for youth and children

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Update #3

over 6 years ago

God is faithful from the beginning until the end :)

In my morning devotional, I was reading Jeremiah 31, where God speaks to Jeremiah saying "I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you"

I am so amazed by the faithfulness that God shows to his children. He didn't have to provide for all of my financial needs for the trip, but he did. He didn't have to allow me an opportunity to travel to Belarus, but he did. I mean, out of all people, I do not deserve the great love and faithfulness of God. I realized how much pride, jerkiness (yes, I believe that is a word :p) and other junk that I have in me, and I truly am humbled by his faithfulness. I mean, I am just a twenty year old girl, he doesn't have to love me! In fact, my whole existence makes no effect to God.

But the greatest thing about The Lord is that he chooses to love us. He chose to love me in all of my weakness and struggles, and he promises to be faithful to me even until my last breath. So now because of his great love and sacrifice that Yeshua made for me, I am willing to take his love wherever The Lord takes me.

How great are you Lord!!!! :)

ps: So here is my quick update for Belarus:

1. Still waiting for Visa!! It will come!!! :)

2. I have covered all of the financial aspects of my traveling to Belarus plus some!! So I am going to use the extra money to support some of the incredible people in Belarus! So if you still want to donate, all of your donation will go directly to helping our Messianic brothers and sisters in Belarus

3. I did not find my self a fanny pack, I found myself a gorgeous purse that was on sale for $7.50!! Cha-Ching!

4. Only 22 more days to go!! Whoop whoop!!

5. Thank you everyone for all of your kindness :) I have felt so loved by all of you!!! :)

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Talia Ashby posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #4

God is faithful from the beginning until the end :)

In my morning devotional, I was reading Jeremiah 31, where God speaks to Jeremiah saying "I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore I have continued my faithfulness to you"

I am so amazed by the faithfulness that God shows to his children. He didn't have to provide for all of my financial needs for the trip, but he did. He didn't have to allow me an opportunity to travel to Belarus, but he did. I mean, out of all people, I do not deserve the great love and faithfulness of God. I realized how much pride, jerkiness (yes, I believe that is a word :p) and other junk that I have in me, and I truly am humbled by his faithfulness. I mean, I am just a twenty year old girl, he doesn't have to love me! In fact, my whole existence makes no effect to God.

But the greatest thing about The Lord is that he chooses to love us. He chose to love me in all of my weakness and struggles, and he promises to be faithful to me even until my last breath. So now because of his great love and sacrifice that Yeshua made for me, I am willing to take his love wherever The Lord takes me.

How great are you Lord!!!! :)

ps: So here is my quick update for Belarus:

1. Still waiting for Visa!! It will come!!! :)

2. I have covered all of the financial aspects of my traveling to Belarus plus some!! So I am going to use the extra money to support some of the incredible people in Belarus! So if you still want to donate, all of your donation will go directly to helping our Messianic brothers and sisters in Belarus

3. I did not find my self a fanny pack, I found myself a gorgeous purse that was on sale for $7.50!! Cha-Ching!

4. Only 22 more days to go!! Whoop whoop!!

5. Thank you everyone for all of your kindness :) I have felt so loved by all of you!!! :)

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Talia Ashby posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #3

Some of you may not know about why I want to return to Belarus, so here is the story!

Last year, I felt that God was calling me to take part in a Missions trip that was focused on visiting holocaust sites and meeting with holocaust survivors. Honestly, I did not want to go. I thought that I was going to work with orphans in China, so the idea of going to Auschwitz instead of playing with sweet Chinese Children was not exactly exciting. I couldn't ignore God though, and also because I wanted to honor my great-grandmother who was a holocaust survivor, and all of her relatives who had died, I embarked on my journey.

It is amazing what God can do when you give up your dreams to follow Him. I was so impacted by meeting the precious survivors, who were just so happy to host an American in their home. I am Polish, so I found Krakow to be beautiful, and the holocaust sites around it so impactful. I will never forget or cease to remember the holocaust after seeing Schindler's factory and Auschwitz with my own eyes.

So all in all, I loved Poland (No surprise) But to be honest, I was not excited about going to Belarus. I didn't think I would like it because I knew that there were some polictical and economic problems.

Once again, I was wrong. I loved Belarus so much, and the people who were there changed my life forever. I have never EVER met such kind, loving, selfless people. Just as it says in the Bible, possessing nothing but having everything, I felt that these people had very little financially or materially, but truly had everything because of the peace, love, and presence of God that was active in their lives.

I was so blown away by my five days in Belarus, that I wanted to return to Belarus the second that I left.

So here is my opportunity!! In 27 days, I will be going to see my beautiful friends in Belarus, but this year, I will have the opportunity to stay for about 18 days, and volunteer at a summer camp for the youth. This camp has changed the lives of many youth, and many have come to know the powerful love of Yeshua through this camp.

I am so honored to have this opportunity to serve these incredible people!!! I also will visit some of the holocaust survivors that I met last year, and also take part in their shabbat services (YES!).

So here is my story of why I want to return and what I plan to do :)

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Talia Ashby posted a new update:
over 6 years ago

Update #2

Hi Friends! :)

ONLY 27 DAYS UNTIL I BEGIN MY JOURNEY TO BELARUS! I really can't believe it!!!!!!! I have been dreaming about returning here since the very moment that I left. Now it is coming so close, and I don't know how to describe what I feel! So here are seven things that are going on right now:

1. I FINALLY sent off my visa application. Prayerfully I will have it tommorow! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE pray that I get my visa approved tommorow!!!! I have dealt with a lot of anxiouty about this, but God gives perfect peace to those who put their mind on him! Thanks Jesus :)

2. In faith, I purchased my plane tickets! I have all window seats! Is that a blessing or what!? God is so sweet :) The funny thing is that there were no window seats the day before I ordered, and pop! Here it is! :)

3. I have collected some womens clothing to bring to Belarus, and my huge duffel bag is getting kind of heavy... Lets see how this will work :p

4. I am beginning to really send off emails and reach out to others for support, and if you would like to forward my campaign, I would sure appreciate it! :) I will be talking more about my trip this weekend at Shoresh David Messianic Synagogue

5. I am so grateful for all of the prayer, support, and love that I have recieved. I can't believe how generous and kind my friends and family are :))

6. Please keep my health both physical and spiritual in prayer. I can feel the spiritual warfare already, and I have been dealing with lots of arrows from the enemy, anxiety, stress, etc. God is good though, and He is the one who is going to sustain me. I might be traveling alone halfway across the world, which is kind of a scary thing, but also a really empowering and fear-breaking thing! :)

7. I have much more shopping to do!! I have got to get a lovely fanny pack :p (Not gonna buy it at The Gap) (If you understand this, ten points for you! :p), gifts for the holocaust survivors and for my friends,I also have to get myself some stomach stuff, like enzymes and Pepto Bismol. I got really sick to where I couldn't eat last year, but no worries, pepto bismol will save the day!!!! :)

May God Bless you all for all of you generosity and kindness :)

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