Watch Michael & Michelle jumping out of a plane for people in debt!

May 9, 2017

Michael (18) and Michelle (30) are brother and sister and the youngest and oldest off-spring of our debt centre manager, Tracey Davidson. They both jumped out of a plane to raise funds for the Integrate CAP Debt Centre. They are both incredible people – read their post Skydive interviews below and watch the video of the dive itself HERE.

 

 

(BTW – they raised over £1,400 !! Could you do a sponsored event in support of Integrate? Click here to register for an online donations page for your event) :)

 

Who are you and what do you do?

 

Michael

“My name is Michael Davidson, I'm 18 and a student”

 

Michelle

“My name is Michelle Kessell. I am 30 years old, a mum of 2 little boys aged 14 months and 4 years and I have just gone through the process of becoming a childminder.

What made you decide to jump out of a plane?!?

 

Michael

“I've always wanted to go skydiving, and I've been slowly building up to it by doing more and more adrenaline experiences (for example, I did a human slingshot)”

 

Michelle

“OK so this is an interesting question. It wasn't me who decided to do it.......God did!! It wasn’t an easy thing to be obedient as (jumping out of a plan) really was my worst fear. It took a year of trying to come to terms with what I was going to do, taking it one step at a time, getting LOTS of prayer, being on a rollercoaster of ups and downs and of so many emotions for me to manage it!

Were you scared?

 

Michael

“I was surprisingly calm when we were in the plane but when we were walking to it I did have goose bumps”

 

Michelle

“Yes, in my own strength I was absolutely terrified. I had so many recurring nightmares about it; I just couldn't understand how I was ever going to make myself do it! I was that scared for most of the year!! Without prayer and without God guiding me, there is no way I would have managed. I sang worship songs all the way up in the plane and I felt quite peaceful and calm, but I absolutely knew if I'd been climbing higher and higher in a tiny plane with no door on my own strength that I would have been freaking out and that my stomach would have been in my mouth the whole time. This was totally God working in me to keep me at peace.”

Was your mum scared?

 

Michael

“I think my mum was worried something bad may happen but I think deep down she knew I’d be fine and that the worst that may happen to Michelle was like a panic attack”

 

Michelle

“As far as I'm aware no. This is TOTALLY my mum's idea of fun. My mum and two brothers love adrenalin and thrill seeking - my dad, sister and I prefer to have our feet planted firmly on the ground!”

Can you describe the moment when you were sat on the edge of the plane waiting to jump?

 

Michael

It was like being at the top of an incline at a rollercoaster just before it was going to drop but instead of say 100ft it was 10000ft and all you could see were clouds”

 

Michelle

“Going up in the plane was ok. I wasn't scared, I was quite at peace. When we got through the clouds and the pilot started signalling to the guys behind us that it was time to go, the fear started to come back, however, I still didn't react how I expected. It was more like a fear of the unknown and what was to come. My stomach was ok and my heart wasn't going crazy. It was so strange and not at all how I expected to feel. Then my brother jumped! Now, that did give me a little feeling of  "oh no, what am I doing??" as he fell and I watched him disappear through the cloud but this feeling quickly disappeared and I was ok again. I just said to myself "I AM doing this!!!" and I felt God saying to me "it's ok, I've got you!!" So, going to the edge was ok, I just had a split-second thought of "oh my goodness, here we go!" and that was it, we were away.”

What are your hopes for the funds that were raised?

 

Michael

“I didn't really have a specific number for the fundraising; I just hoped we could raise something!”

 

Michelle

“Having been through serious debt in my family myself, I know how it can affect someone and how detrimental it is. My hope for the money is that it will be used to make a real difference to even a few lives. The most amazing thing that they could get from this money I suppose is Hope! Hope that they will be ok, that there is light at the end of the tunnel and that they will get through it having grown more in themselves as a person.”

Would you do it again?

 

Michael

“YES! (if I had the money to do it again)”

 

Michelle

“No.........I think I COULD do it again if I really wanted to, however I have chosen not to ever do it again just because this last year has been such an incredible journey with God through all the emotions and growth I have had in my faith, I wouldn't want to devalue everything I have been through with God to get me to actually doing it by just doing it for myself again. I feel like I just want to know "Why did you want me to do that God?" And what's next???? Having conquered my worst fear. What's do you have in store for me next. Or what else can I do with God by my side.”

What would you say to anyone else who was thinking of doing something bonkers to support Integrate and CAP?

 

Michael

“I would say definitely do it, if not for your own personal excitement in doing something amazing then to support a great charity!”

 

Michelle

“This is a hard one to answer as this isn't about me doing something crazy to supoort CAP. It's about God's perfect timing. One of the things I felt him say to me when he first asked me to do this as i was freaking out and crying at the thought that this was definitely God asking me to do this, was that I would raise so much more money doing this than anything I could do in my own strength and God knew that doing something big for charity to raise a really good amount of money was on my bucket list of things I wanted to do; I just didn't realise it would be done through a Skydive. That was not in my plan, however, looking back today and having now done it I am so thankful that it was his plan. I'm so happy to have raised so much money along with my awesome brother for such an brilliant cause!!”

 

 

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