Hello all!! Just stopping in to let you know that my 1mission campaign has officially come to a close. Say what?!?! But oh how it has been worth it!!!!! It makes me so unbelievably happy to know that multiple families will be living in safe, adequate homes all because of YOUR generosity!!! When I first began this campaign I was thinking through what dollar amount I should set my goal at. My first couple ideas were more on the reachable, not too difficult side of things, which is not necessarily bad. But G-d was telling me to open up my heart & mind to bigger things, so with an excited, yet slightly uncertain, attitude I decided on $3000 as the goal. It was pretty dang scary to tell you the truth. But now, after 7 long, fulfilling months full of fundraising, giving up my birthday, selling stickers, washing cars, partnering with Rita’s Italian Ice, and other miscellaneous donations, all together we have raised just about $3500!!!!!! It was not just about my individual campaign either though, there were many other students who chose to start campaigns at the same time as I did after being given a bit of motivation on our 1mission build trip in Mexico last October. Now here comes the best part… brace yourself… all of our campaigns combined raised a total of $23,997!!! I almost couldn’t believe it when I saw that number! This is genuine proof that there is no telling what will happen when a large group of people unite through faith in G-d & a desire to make the world a better place. It has been such a blessing to play a part, no matter how small, in getting as many families as possible into their cherished homes. So many people were/are involved in each step of the process. Ever heard the phrase, “2 heads are better than one”? Well it’s true, and 3 heads are better than 2 and 100 heads are better than 99. The L-rd our G-d will surely provide when we put forth our full effort & harmonize our goals with those of the loved ones & strangers around us. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to each & every one of you who contributed, whether financially or through prayer. This outcome did not happen because of just me, by any means, it was fully a group effort. I also want to give a special thanks to my parents & siblings for being oh-so supportive throughout this whole thing, from donating their own money, helping me at events, and promoting the campaign through word of mouth and social media, I honestly could not have done it so effectively without them! Last but not least I want to thank 1mission for having such a strong, contagious passion for building safe homes & for the families who receive them, I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with this wonderful organization!!
Many of you may have seen my last blog post regarding my 1MISSION Campaign with all the details and a little story explaining my ‘why’ of the whole situation. (If not, you can read through it here: My 1MISSION Campaign) This last week I decided to take the next step and use my 17th birthday, which is on February 14th(Valentines Day), to advance my campaign, as well as to obey God once again. I am so thrilled about this you guys!! Instead of gifts I request that you donate to https://my.1mission.org/AshtonJensensCampaign!
This was not an easy decision, & to be honest, I really struggled with selfishness at the beginning. But God has already taught me so much that I am very thankful for. One thing that God has revealed to me numerous times recently is the importance of motivation. When I say numerous I really mean it, like I noticed it in my bible reading, it was talked about at least 3 different bible studies I went to, & it even stood out to me in my psychology reading. No doubt about it, God was trying to tell me something. I realized that, as much as I think about the details of the campaign, if I don’t follow through with those ideas and actually DO them, what is the point?! I have to work hard & motivate myself to finish what I start.
Not only would your donation put a huge smile on my face, those at 1MISSION’s, and the family’s who will receive a home, but there is also a little incentive for you:) Everyone who donates will receive a sticker, designed by me and made special for this occasion! It does not matter the amount of the donation, I just wanted a way to say a little thank you to everyone. I am currently still working on all the details, but look out for a post with more info on Instagram/Facebook soon!!
To give you a little perspective… a donation of $10 can pay for 1 bag of cement to be used in building a families home, $30 could be used to buy 1 window, or $100 could cover the costs of all the doors & windows for 1 home. Your donation matters. Now it’s time to get this birthday party started!!! YAY!!!
((Click here: https://my.1mission.org/AshtonJensensCampaign to Donate!!!))
Sweating so much your shirt turns a different color, the sound of constant hammering in your ears, a work load like no other, living the uncomfortable tent life for three nights, and a ridiculous amount of humidity. Imagine all this but you don’t care one bit. That sure does sound backwards… why would all this not bother you?? Because you & everyone around you is filled with so much stinkin’ love & hearts are overflowing with the joys of new friendships & Gods peace that passes all understanding. That is how I would describe the weekend of October 9th-12th for me. 400 high schoolers, including me, from Phoenix, AZ made the 4-hour drive down to Puerto Penasco, Mèxico. We had one mission(pun intended, hehe), to provide safe housing for thirteen families before the weekend was over. I am very happy to say that our mission was accomplished, all the homes were completed and the families are currently beginning a new life in them, but it was oh-so-much more than that. Hearts & lives were rejuvenated.
While in Mexico the 1MISSION staff gave all of us the opportunity to start a campaign to raise money and build even more sufficient housing around the world, but I didn’t really think anything of it at the time. It was like a, “Oh that’s cool, I hope lots of other people do it and change the world” & move on kind of thing. But ever since I’ve been home from that trip (over a month ago) I felt God tugging on my heart and bringing me back to the idea of starting a campaign. I kind of came to the realization that just taking 4 days away to do God’s work did not have to be the end, there is no limit to God’s strength, His power. I have gone to Puerto Penasco twice with 1MISSION and love what they do and the fact that it is much more than just donations and houses, they value connections and relationships, which sometimes makes more of a difference than four walls and a door. The beauty of 1MISSION is that they work with families, if someone wants a house they must earn it by serving in their community.
This venture of starting my campaign has been slightly delayed, I knew and have seen proof that this is the right direction to go, but I kept making excuses for myself saying things like, “It’s not the right timing”, “Not today, I have a lot to do”, and all other sorts of junk with no true reasons. God has given me the perspective that it is ridiculous to be selfish when He is the One who blessed me with a wonderful house, so why not do what I always say I want to do and be like Him by being apart of another family receiving their blessing of a home? So today I am choosing to obey God by launching my campaign! The donation page will be open until May 31st and my goal is $3000, which I know is a lot of money and honestly makes me a little nervous but I trust that the end results are in God’s hands. If you would like to help me reach my goal & be a part of providing a family with a brand spanking new home you can donate at https://my.1mission.org/AshtonJensensCampaign. Not to mention that prayer is extremely essential throughout this campaign & I’d be absolutely overjoyed if you would join me in praying for these families, what God is doing in their lives, and for His faithful provision. Thank you so so so very much to you all, I am stoked for what’s in store in the next few months!!!
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