September 2016 will be here in no time, and that's when I will be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with a team from Journey Community Church. Why am I climbing?  To give people hope.  Let me explain ...

I have been very blessed throughout my life. I haven't overcome huge obstacles. I haven't ever suffered a grave illness and survived. I haven't been homeless. But there are many who have overcome huge obstacles, suffered a grave illness and survived, or have been homeless. Those people, by the grace of God and hard work and perseverance, have come out the other side and are standing and flourishing. But there are many people who struggle with addiction, joblessness, abuse and/or homelessness. I'm climbing so those people can have a better chance at a better life through Journey Community Church and their vision for The Cleveland Hope Center and church planting.

Like most people, I've had my share of struggles and pain. And those struggles and pain have led to depression, loss and disappointment. I've got baggage that I'm trying to set down and not pick up as I move forward -- though I'm really good at running back and grabbing it just before it's out of sight. Talk about a work in progress! Even when I wasn't sure there was a God, somehow I managed to avoid many pitfalls and bad decisions that could have been made through the years. Looking back, it's pretty obvious that God was watching over me and guiding me. Additionally, when looking back, I've also played it safe, not taken chances, not colored outside the lines, not really stretched myself or stepped outside my comfort zone too often. I'm not sure that's really living life to the fullest or to my fullest potential. I've disappointed myself more times than I can count by not stepping out in faith. I've always been afraid to try new things for fear of failure. Rather than fail, I just don't step off the plot of ground that I'm on. I was taught that if you don't try, you can't fail. Well ... it's time for that to change. It's time to try something new, something that will make a difference not only in my life, but in the lives of many people who have little or no hope. I'm scared to death that I will fail at this venture, but I'm determined to at least try. If I don't try, I won't fail. But on the flip side, if I don't try, there's absolutely no chance for me to SUCCEED. If I don't make it up the mountain, it won't be the end of the world. I'm believing that I won't be chastised or embarrassed. I'm believing that my friends, family and church family will still support me and still love me. Even this thought process is a stretch for me, as I've always believed that if you don't succeed, then you've failed and there are consequences for failing. It's time to change that thinking!

I believe in the vision of my Pastors and my church for the Cleveland Hope Center and church planting. The Cleveland Hope Center will be just that ... a place where people can find acceptance and hope for a better life. The Hope Center will be a place of refuge and assistance for those who need food, counseling, job training/placement ... a place where they can start fresh, be accepted, move forward, and feel loved. The same goes for the new churches that are on the horizon for Journey Community Church. If we can make a difference in people's lives and improve our great city, why wouldn't we do that? Join me in taking a step in helping those in need and those that may be far from God. If we don't try, then nothing will change. This is our chance to step out and do something that could potentially save lives and change the landscape of Cleveland. Climb the mountain with me and let's show the world how to love God more and love more people! 

All donations are given to Journey Community Church and a tax-deductible statement will be available to you at the end of the year. Contributions are made and received with the understanding that Journey Community Church and its entities have complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. They may be used for other participants involved in the climb, The Cleveland Hope Center, or Church Planting. No refunds will be issued to participants or donors, even if the climber does not complete the climb. If you have questions or concerns please contact us via email at:

Peter Maurath $25.00
Steve & Donna Auxter
" Give all your worries to him , because he cares about you " 1 Peter 5:7 By the grace of God you are going and we are proud -- when you come back Steve will sing you Happy Birthday Love Donna & Steve
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Terry Patrick
Vickie, I am so happy to support you in any endeavor, and the Cleveland Hope Center sounds amazing. Wish I was there to climb that mountain with you in person but believe that I will be there in spirit.
Gary Dodrill
God bless you Vickie. Love, Gary and Sheri Dodrill
Praying for you, Vickie !!
Brian and Kellie Gunter $25.00
Vickie Metzger
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