Mission Year support Group for Dave Stratton

In early September2011 I will be departing from the many comforts of my home in Maine, to live in a small house in inner city Philadelphia for an entire year. Now this probably seems a bit crazy to many of you, I mean who in their right minds would leave Maine to live in one of the poorest cities in America? But I'm not planning some year long backpacking trip through Europe, I'm going to serve my God and His people through a Christian Ministry called Mission Year. This organization invites Christian young people to live in an urban neighborhood volunteering, worshiping, and loving our neighbors. The website explains it best, "It’s an opportunity for anyone 18 and over, both single and married, to spend a year following Jesus' command to “Love the Lord your God, and love your neighbor as yourself.” By partnering with a local church, volunteering at a service site, and spending time with neighbors, Mission Year Team Members effectively impact their communities while catching a deeper vision for what the Kingdom of God is like."
Throughout the year I will be volunteering in Elementary schools, High schools, After school programs, Prisons, Churches, etc. doing approximately 30 hours of community service a week. On Saturdays we as a team (the house members) spend time with our neighbors doing devotions, eating lunch and dinner, and really just hanging out. Sundays is church in the morning and grocery shopping/laundry in the evening. And then finally Monday is our day of rest. I will post an image of what my weeks throughout Mission Year will look like.
It's hard to say exactly what I will accomplish or how many people, if any will be helped by my presence in Philadelphia but I want to try. "When Gods people are in need, be ready to help them" Romans 12:13. I want to give it my all and allow God to work through me.
What I ask of you as my friends and family is to support me financially as well as with prayers as I attempt to show God's love for people who may not have anything. Below is a website that links you to my support site. From now until Dec. 15th if you give $100 or more you receive a Christmas gift basket! Every dollar will help in its own way. Mission Year asks us to raise at least $12,000 to help support living expenses throughout the year. Thank you for your time and if you have any questions or interests you would like to discuss feel free to send me an email or FB message. Thank you and God bless!

My support page:

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Psalm 32:8 “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.”
-David Stratton