Dear Friends and Family,
I wanted to share some exciting news with you! Eastside Christian Church has planned a global compassion trip for this coming summer and I am SO EXCITED to announce that I will be serving as part of the team! I will be traveling to Kenya, more specifically, Mathare, at the end of June, and I can't WAIT. We will be doing everything from building a playground for the little kiddos, to assisting children with disabilities, to throwing an entire women's conference for all of the women in the village to be a part of, some of them for the first time in their lives, and so much more!
When I had heard of trips like this previously, I had always thought it was just so out of reach for me to be able to do, thinking I couldn't possibly be someone who could go on a trip like that. But over the past year, I have felt this huge calling to go overseas and help with some sort of project to better the lives of the people in the area I travelled to, to personally be someone who assists in making a difference in people's lives and showing them as much of God's love as I possibly could. Then one day I thought, "wait...why can't I?" That week I made the decision to go to Kenya and help out the beautiful people there, and it couldn't feel more right. I can't wait to see the incredible impact our team makes on this village, but even more importantly, the impact God will have not only in their hearts, but in ours as well.
I feel unbelievably blessed to have this amazing opportunity to help others and know there is a lot of work ahead as we begin to prepare. With that being said...I could use your help!
First, I would be honored if you would pray for us…for preparation, for our journey, for our ministry, for the people of the Mathare village, and for the spiritual battles surely ahead. I've never been to this part of the world before, and I can only imagine how different it will be, but I would love to just have prayers of encouragement and support and prayers that God will work through us and allow us to be beacons of his light and most importantly, his love, in order to shine forth towards these wonderful people.
Secondly, I wanted to know if you would be interesting in contributing to the work we are doing by covering part of the cost of the trip. Each team member has been entrusted with raising an equal share of the total cost to send us to Kenya. The amount I must personally raise is $2995 and it is due by June 9, 2019.
I'm not going to lie, I felt slightly uncomfortable even asking this in the first place and almost didn't do it because I didn't think it was right to ask of you when I could provide the money myself. But the other day I was in a meeting for this trip and someone brought up a point that seemed to transform the thought behind it. As I mentioned above, I know I personally felt like going on this trip was quite out of reach for me previously. I made a very bold move to come, and without even having left for the trip, I already know it's one of the best decisions of my life. However, I know that many of you have families, jobs, obligations, etc. in life that do not allow for the same kind of flexibility as I currently have, and to those of you who are in this position, I want to ask you this...would you want to join me in my journey and play a role in helping transform the lives of the Mathare villagers by donating whatever it is that you could? By doing so, it gives you the opportunity to be a part of this life-changing trip and to help in the transformation of so many lives, even from far away. It doesn't matter how big or how small your contribution may be, ANYTHING that you could give will make a difference to those men, women, boys and girls. If donating money is not an option, but you still want to be a part of my journey and send a card or a small gift for me to bring along in my suitcase, or even just want me to give the people a message from you personally, I know that, too, would make an incredible difference to them!
Also, any additional money that this page raises above the amount of $2995 goes to others who are going on the trip who couldn't afford to pay the full amount. So not only would you be blessing my trip, but you would be blessing others and allowing them to go and help spread God's love to the people of Africa as well!
SO...if you wish to partner with me in this ministry and would like to donate funds towards it, first of all, THANK YOU SO INCREDIBLY MUCH, you have no idea how much it means to me to have you join along with me on this (I promise I will post things to keep you in the loop and allow you to see how your efforts are changing lives!!) In order to move forward and donate, please click on the “GIVE NOW” button. (There is an option to cover the cost of the credit card fee that you can opt out of if you prefer.) Or if you prefer to give a check or cash donation you can make your check payable to “Eastside Christian Church” and note my name and "Kenya-Mathare 2019" in the memo line and mail/bring it to the address below. Oh and also...contributions to our project are tax-deductible!
To all of you reading this, thank you very much for considering being a part of our team! Your support, in any way, would mean the world to me. If you have any questions I’d love the opportunity to tell you more so just call, text or email me!
*All donations are given to Eastside Christian Church and a tax-deductible statement will be issued to you at the end of the year. Contributions are made and received with the understanding that Eastside Christian Church has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds; they may be used for other participants, other mission trip expenses, or for future mission trips. No refunds will be issued to participants or donors.
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