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This is an e-mail that I just sent out to everyone on the mailing list for my church plant. It feels so surreal.
I hope that you all had a great Thanksgiving! I wanted to give you an update on Love Las Vegas, and also apologize for the fact that it has been so long since my last update. Unfortunately the news is not good this time. The biggest reason for the large gap in between updates is because things have not been going well. I had hoped that I would be able to “right the ship” and send you a message about how we were over coming obstacles, that we were growing and learning and pushing ahead. Unfortunately, that is not the case.
Due to a series of substantial obstacles within a short period of time Love Las Vegas is no longer able to continue our weekly outreach to the homeless in Downtown Las Vegas or hold our weekly home bible study.
The biggest and most frustrating obstacle, which seem to compound all of the others, has been my inability to secure a full time job since moving here last December. I have been stringing together part time jobs, and at one time I was working four different jobs at the same time. It has been exhausting to say the least. It has also kept me from being able to focus adequate attention on the road blocks we have faced as a ministry.
My primary part time job since this past summer has been at the Plaza hotel and casino in downtown LV. Because November and December are typically slow for the tourist industry in LV all of the part time workers were taken off the schedule in my department (front desk). Currently Las Vegas is experiencing some of the highest unemployment and underemployment rates in country, combined with a slow tourist season this makes it next to impossible to find a job until at least January. As a result I can no longer afford to stay in LV.
It is difficult to describe my disappointment in leaving Las Vegas. I wanted nothing more than I wanted this opportunity. I am incredibly grateful to have had the chance to come here and to have experienced all the things I was able to be a part of over the past year. The decision to leave has been without a doubt one of the hardest I have ever made.
Your support has meant everything to me. Honestly, I do not know how to accurately communicate how thankful I am for you and the ways that you have encouraged and supported me. Even if all you did was let me tell about this crazy idea I had, it meant the world for me to be able to share my passion with you. Thank you for listening, thank you for praying, thank you for sending in your donations.
All of the remanning finances in our account will be used by the Pacific South West District of the Wesleyan church to support other church plants. For anyone that did contribute financial donations you will be receiving a letter in January with all of the information you will need to claim the deductions on your taxes.
I am not entirely sure what is next for me personally. I am prayerfully pursuing one significant job opportunity (which would take me out of NV). If it is going to work out, I should know within the next couple of weeks. I would greatly appreciate your prayers as I navigate the upcoming months. I didn’t come to LV with a back up plan in mind, so I am sort of making one up as I go.
Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.