Monday, August 8, 2011


Today Hubs is in the land that I love...Minnesota! He has a clean, beautiful, quiet house to himself, a brand new Rav 4 as his chariot and, oh yeah, he's playing 54 holes of golf TODAY!

(My parents are on vacay in Canada, so Todd has their house and car at his disposal. He is there by himself, thus the quiet house. I am not sure he is enjoying the quiet, or the clean, as much as I would if I was there.)

In July, Todd was invited to participate in a golf tournament that helps raise money for missionaries and ministries. Since we are missionaries, that raise money for our ministry, he decided to give it a shot...well, many shots! The tournament includes playing 54 holes in a day.

Todd has been working on gathering sponsors over the last month. (It is not too late, if you want to sponsor Todd per hole, multiply it by 54 and send a tax deductible check, for the amount, made out to "YWAM" and mail it to 418 E. Franklin Street, Monroe, NC 28112. He has gotten sponsors for .75 -$10.00 per hole. Some people have sent in one time gifts as well.)

You may ask yourself, or me, why is Todd doing this? Why do the Hedgepeths "raise support"?

As missionaries, with Youth With A Mission, we do not receive a salary. Our family is responsible to raise all the funds needed to be in ministry and to do all that the Lord has called us to do. We recognize that there are many valid ways of financing ministry, as YWAMers we are called to practice personal support raising in the context of dependence on God for financial provision. We have seen the Lord provide for us, through the generosity of family, friends and churches for over 21 years. It is not just us out here, doing "what we do", it is a team of people who are being obedient to what God has called them to do.

We are grateful for the generosity of others. We are grateful for every gift that comes our way.

As we have seen added responsibility given to us, within our mission, we have had an added increase in expenses. So, Todd golfing, and getting sponsors, has helped to fund what we know God has called us to do.

A friend wrote on Sunday night, saying that we are living in financially fragile times, but God is not a fragile God! And He promises that "He will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."

I love that I get to be a part of this "tribe" called YWAM and I am totally stoked that Todd and I get to do this together...with each other and with our kiddos, and with the people He has surrounded us with.

Life is good...God is GREAT!