Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Adventures in Amsterdam

With my brother, Gabe, the day before he graduated from bootcamp.
Dear friends and family,

I have exciting news to share with all of you. Many of you know that I am currently in my junior year at  a private Christian university, and one way the school does service and outreach is through mission trips. Since my freshman year, I have been particularly interested in one specific trip, and I am blessed to be able to say that this winter, I will be going with a mission team to the Netherlands to serve in Christian youth hostels in Amsterdam.

My team and I will essentially be relieving the workers at two Christian-run hostels in Amsterdam. The holiday season is the busiest time of year for the hostels, and the workers- all of whom are unpaid volunteers- are sure to be worn out and in need of encouragement and some respite. Our goal is two-fold: We want to encourage and uplift the volunteers at the hostels by taking on some of their work so that they can have a break, and we want to build relationships with the guests at the hostel in order to share Christ’s love with them through our interactions. In John 4, Jesus tells the woman at the well, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty. The water I give will become a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life” (John 4:13, New Century Version). Jesus knows that the woman is spiritually thirsty, and most of the population of Amsterdam and the people coming through the hostels are in a spiritual drought. I want this trip to be one in which God uses me to pour out His Living Water on the spiritually impoverished people in Amsterdam.

This mission trip will be impossible unless I have the support of family and friends. I need prayer support from people who are willing to supplicate God on behalf of my team, for safety, unity, courage, health, energy, positive attitudes, and open hearts. I also need financial support. In order to go to Amsterdam on mission, I need to raise $2,000 in donations by mid-December. I would like to ask you to partner with me in this trip by supporting me through prayer or finances, or both. This mission will only be possible for me if I am able to raise enough support, which I am confident will happen- if God led me to this point, He will get me to Amsterdam. I would be most appreciative if you would take the time to reflect and pray as you decide if and how you are able to support me. Any way that you choose to support me will be an incredible blessing.

If you would like to assist me by giving financial support, please email me at and send me your address so that I can mail you the form used for donations. 

If you would like to simply send a check, please make the check out to William Jessup University but do not put my name on the check.  On a separate piece of paper that must be mailed with the check, write that you are making a contribution for Dominique Talley on her trip to Amsterdam.  Send the envelope containing the check and piece of paper to:
Business Office
Mission Trips
333 Sunset Boulevard
Rocklin, CA 95765

All donations are tax-deductible!

Thank you all in advance for your prayers and support!

Humbly His,