Hey Friend! Happy 2017! We hope you had an incredible holiday celebrating Jesus’ Birthday, and ringing in the new year! Looking back, it was January 2016 when God started the process of leading our family to go into the mission field. The first half of 2016, we spent praying and wrestling with what that actually meant, and where to start! God opened a door for us to visit Uganda, Africa and the ministry of Arise Africa International in August 2016. We knew during our time visiting the village of Bukaleba that God was calling us to minister to whatever needs possible in Uganda, but He especially alined our hearts with the youth and children to share the love of Jesus. Once returning home, we have been taking every step we know to make this happen. 
This is the year we transition our family to Uganda, Africa! God has already done some miralcous things to get us to where we are now!

FUNDRAISING UPDATE:
We have begun our fundraising and are continuing to do so to reach our goal of $40,000 upfront, and $4,000 in monthly support. As of now we have raised almost $30,000 in upfront cost and close to $2,000 committed in monthly support. PLEASE PRAY for us as we continue this process! Our focus over the next couple of months is getting more monthly commitments. Please consider  supporting us monthly. You can give now at reallifehardings.com by clicking on “Give” in the top right corner of the page. Even committing to what may seem to be an insignificant amount goes a long way and all donations are tax deductible! 

THANK YOU SO MUCH to everyone who has already helped us! We are seriously blown away by your generosity! Every dollar is not taken for granted, so THANK YOU!

This month we have TWO fundraiser opportunities for you to participate and share with anyone you may know! (more info below)

-JANUARY 14TH:  Crossfit Greenville Competition (open to ANYONE)
-JANUARY 21ST: YARD SALE (Everything in our house!)

Please be on the lookout for these events on Facebook and share the post!

Thank you for taking this journey with us! Thank you for praying for us! Thank you for encouraging us! And thank you for giving to our calling!! 

Love always,
Alex, Beth, Chloe, Penelope, Ezekiel, Malachi and Martha

PRAYER REQUESTS:
-That we continue to raise support needs

-February 1st, Alex leaves for Uganda to find us a house, car, and beds. 
-Ignite Church as they transition new people for the youth and children’s ministry positions