A year ago I was preparing to go on my first mission trip since college. Now I am gearing up for another one – this time to South Africa at the end of January. I am thrilled to once more be used by God in a country not my own! If you read my blog, you know how last year’s trip to Peru challenged me beyond my physical ability as I hiked many hours at high altitudes on the Inca trail (with an injured Achilles tendon) to reach a remote village. For two weeks I was the dental assistant, a job I have no background in nor have I aspired to! But I loved being part of a team that ministered to the medical needs of the people before the pastors counseled them on their spiritual needs
At the end of the trip, although I was thrilled to get back to hot showers, a nice bed, and real toilets, I also couldn’t wait to see when I could serve again overseas. At the end of May I heard about an opportunity for the women of my church…
Early next year I will be traveling to South Africa with a group of 10 other women from my church to bring discipleship training to the missionaries with the organization 25:40 and working with the children they serve. This organization is dedicated to giving at-risk children in Southern Africa a fighting chance to survive the devastating impacts of poverty, disease, and violence. It operates in an area heavily impacted by the AIDS epidemic (the incidence of HIV/AIDS exceeds 25% of the population). 25:40 gets its name from Matthew 25:40 which says, “…Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” In a country that does not value its children, orphaned children are truly the least of these!
As a part of this, I am looking for partners both in prayer and finance. Last year in Peru so many prayed for me and I felt the impact of those prayers every step of the way, both literally and figuratively. For this trip I know there will be many challenges as I’ve never been to the continent of Africa nor been on an 18-hour plane ride and these are only the beginning of the challenges I expect to encounter and overcome through God’s enabling. Please pray for me, and my team, as we prepare for these challenges. Please pray also that this trip will have eternal significance to the lives of the adults and children we minister to and that God will put a hedge of protection around each one of us.
For the financial aspect, each member of our team has been asked to not only have a team of supporters but to also raise $2500. I am looking for financial partners to help send me to South Africa – no amount is too big or too small, and I am thankful for your willingness to send me! If you would like to contribute, please write a check to 25:40 and either give or mail it to me (my name should go on the memo line). It is tax deductible, but I must keep track of the donation. You can also go directly to http://2540.org/donate/ and donate on line – just let me know so I can track it! Thank you in advance!
If you would like to support me in prayer, please let me know and I would be happy to keep you updated as to how I need prayer and what God is doing!
Also, if you live locally, 25:40 is having an 8K run around Burke Lake on Saturday, October 6. It is an official race with timers but you can also walk! I ran it a couple of years ago and it is a beautiful run! You can sign up here if you’d like to participate and help kids! http://2540.org/event/fightingchance-8k-1m-fun-run/?event_date=2018-10-06