Exactly eight weeks from today, me and my three fifty-pound suitcases will be headed to the airport with a one-way ticket in hand. Man, I’m excited. It’s also a little terrifying to think just how much there is to do between now and then. Support-raising aside, it’s a little daunting looking around at this life of mine, so soon to be packed up and relocated, given away, or stashed in the attic. So many things. (If only my carry-on allowance let me stow a guitar, violin, and viola in the overhead!)
A couple items to note:
1. Email Newsletter
Some of you have received a paper newsletter from me (or will be shortly) regarding my move and the support needed. Moving forward, my newsletters will only be sent via email–it’s a bit more time-effective to bypass the Atlantic and all. To make sure you’re on the list, enter your email address in the sign-up box on the right and click the confirmation link that will be sent to your inbox.
2. Monthly Support: 70% to go!
Currently, my monthly support is about 30% funded. Can you help me move closer to the goal? Any monthly gift is welcomed and enormously valued! Monthly gifts of $50, $25, or even $10 will add up quickly. I would be so blessed by your partnership in this mission! Click here to find out how to give.
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Asking for money is hard.
At least, that’s my conclusion after raising support for two short-term trips to Uganda, and now attempting to finance monthly support for the next two and a half years.
But the reality is, I can’t do this on my own, and so I am so very thankful for and humbled by those of you who choose to participate in this mission by supporting me financially.
So here is the need:
Approximately $1500 monthly, to cover all costs associated with living and working at New Hope Uganda.
I don’t want anyone to feel pressured to give–rather, I want to partner with those of you who are as excited by New Hope’s mission and purpose as I am! I can’t wait to pour into the lives of the students at the Essuubi Eppya Primary School, and I want those of you who can’t physically be in Uganda to be able to do the same, through prayer, finances, and support.
If that might be you, scroll down to the end of this post to learn how to donate toward my monthly costs (or click here for the full run-down). Right now, I really need monthly commitments. You can easily set your online donation via your credit or debit card to become a monthly donation. (Just check the ‘recurring donation’ box.)
Many of you probably already sponsor a child overseas, through Compassion or World Vision or many other fantastic organizations. While sponsoring plain old Beth might not be quite the same, your sponsorship is impacting every child who will walk into my classroom.
Thank you so much for your prayers and support! More updates to come.
How to Donate Online
In your browser, visit NewHopeUganda.org. Click the large blue ‘Donate’ button in the top right corner of your screen. Select the first option to donate in the US. Fill in your donation information (there is an option to make your gift recurring).
In the ‘Program Area’ drop-down box, select ‘Individual Foreign Missionary Staff.’ In the comment box, enter ‘Beth Maisano.’
Walking through the fields under a bleeding sunset, I forget to hold my peace. Frankly, when there is extraordinary beauty flooding the top half of the world, I have to exclaim over it. I feel like that’s who I’m meant to be: a curator of the universe’s artifacts and a proclaimer of ordinary astonishments. And the sky was pink tonight. Oh, you saw it. It was out there for you. But I guess it was inside me because I spilled words and then I had to clean them up.
“It looks like horses ran through pink whipped cream.”
And you asked what I’d been reading, drinking, and smoking. Heh. I should learn to keep my mouth shut because everyone sees the sky their own way, I guess. I said I liked to give ordinary things unusual analogies, because it might make somebody look at the mundane again and see it with fresh eyes. “And you sound like a four-year-old,” you replied.
I don’t know how to be who I am around you- around any of you. I don’t fit in your world. I have been silent beneath the stars and said little in the rain. I’ve shut up about stories and I have tried to keep quiet under sunsets, but once the sun fades, the sky will never, ever look the same again. You get it once. That’s why I write, you know. Because clouds rain away and trees fall and buildings crumble and people die, but words stay alive. I write to save the sunsets and make people look twice. But you said the aim of poetry is to draw attention to the writer.
I always thought it made sense, poetry. Not the poetry itself (that can be complex), but the object of it. To shine beauty around the edges of ugly things and to give more facets to the beautiful, like cutting a rough gemstone. To grab people by the back of the head and shove them into new light saying, “Look at the world! Look at it!” But I guess it’s just some people who view art that way. Human creation ought to draw attention to an artist, yeah. But not a human one. Can I make you believe I write for the love of words and the God-written world?
The sun was fading away as we argued; above our heads cloud-scales lost their sheen like a great fish dying. Near the horizon, the sky glowed gold. And nobody was looking.
May 5th, 2014.
That’s the day this latest chapter officially kicks off! I’ll arrive in Uganda the evening of the following day, in time to get past jet-lag and settle in before school starts on the 19th. I’m so, so excited!
Biggest Need: Monthly Sponsors
Recurring monthly donations are my greatest need at this time, and really for the duration of my fundraising. If you could consider sponsoring me each month for $10, $20, or $30, the monthly costs will be covered with no problems. To make a recurring gift, follow the instructions on my Support page. I’ll post soon with more information on both the need and the process.
Thank you for being part of this journey!
The short version: I’m moving to Africa.
The long version: After much thought, prayer, and anticipation, I sent in my application to serve long-term with New Hope Uganda. And recently, things became official! I will be joining the staff at Kasana Children’s Centre as an art teacher in the primary school. I have made an initial 2.5 year commitment. There’s a brief summary posted under FAQ.
So, what next?
I have a long way to go in terms of fundraising, and the clock is already ticking (I’ll post my official departure dates as soon as those are finalized, but know that they’re not terribly far off!). Please pray for me as I begin making preparations and raising funds!
I’ve already posted basic donation information on the new Support Beth page of this blog, and I’ll be posting more details shortly. For now, know that I am absolutely thrilled to begin this new phase of life, and I look forward to including all of you in the adventure!
Feel free to ask any questions via the comments section of this blog, or shoot me an email at [email protected]