Birthday of Theatrical Proportions
I am still a bit in shock of what happened yesterday on my birthday at the mission's banquet during District Council. As my dad commented after the fact, "It felt like a dream." After we ate the guest speaker came up to speak and asked, "Where is Kristal Holtzclaw? Please stand up." So, I did, not knowing at all what was about to happen. He asked me how much more I needed to go to El Salvador. I replied that I need roughly $600 in monthly pledges. He said my church is going to support you $100 a month and I am sure there are other churches that will do the same. As he said that another Pastor raised his hand to pledge $100 so he said you are down to $400. Then another Pastor and another Paster. So he went all the way down until all I needed was $100 more and he said I am sure that there is another church that will pick up that last 100. So right then and there I was almost completely funded. It felt like my funds were actually being auctioned off right in front of me and 500 other people. I was just in complete shock and my parents are next to me just crying. All I could think of was this is exactly what I said I wanted for my birthday. After the service another Pastor came up to me and said that there is someone that is going to pick up that last $100. Then I had like 5 more Pastor's come up to me and said they didn't raise their hand but they want to support. So as soon as the pledge forms are sent to Springfield I will get financial clearance! This was definately the best birthday ever!