as many of you know, i got to go to the domincan republic on january. i not only got to serve, but i was also there for the purpose of scouting out for a trip this summer. july 3-11, I get the great opportunity to lead a trip of 3 families and their elementary school age kids on a mission trip. we are going to to partner with an organization called makarios. though this is not my first international trip to lead, it is my first trip to lead with kids on it.
i am super excited about this trip for many reasons. i am excited to be used by God to love on kids in the dominican republic (I will explain more about what we will be doing later in the blog). i am also excited about providing an opportunity for families to serve together on mission. i love the idea of parents getting to talk to their child about all they have experienced together as they have taken the gospel to the nations. we can all attest to the deep bonds that are formed with people you go on a mission trip with, how cool for those bonds to be within a family. thirdly, I am excited for the kids to be exposed to a completely different culture so that their eyes may be opened. i am also excited for them to be used at such a young age to share the gospel. lastly, I am excited for the kids that are in our ministry but are staying behind. they get to help pray for and support their friends that are going on a mission trip overseas. i am hoping that this opens their eyes to how God can use them at even their young age to tell people about Jesus. hopefully this will fight the tendency to wait until they are older.
we are embarking on this journey, July 3-11 and would LOVE your prayers for our trip. please be praying for lives to be changed. while on this trip, we will be putting on a bible camp for some elementary age kids. One of the many things makarios does is teach a bible class. this summer while we are there,
they will graduate from their class and we will be helping with their graduation celebration with their family. i am really excited to see our kids get in and serve alongside the dominican kids. Please be praying for our time there. For more information on whatelse makarios does, please check out the website www.makariosinternational.org.
personally, i am a bit nervous about taking kids on an international trip. please pray for safe travel with these little ones. secondly please be praying that the lord will give me vision for what family trips may look like in the future, as this is the first trip of this sorts that our church is taking. and lastly, please be praying for my health. my diabetes should not present a problem, but it could. pray that all of my medical supplies will make it and not be lost with luggage and that my pump works as it should while we are there.
if you would also like to help support our team financially, we are still in need of funds. each person on the team has to raise $1500 (including the kids). our team will need to raise $16,500. we are having garage sales and other fundraisers to help curb the cost. but if the Lord has laid this trip on your heart and you have the means, please consider supporting us financially. i am confident that the Lord will provide what i need, but any excess that i receive will support the families going on the trip as well.
Please make checks out to Makarios. To help us comply with IRS regulations, please do not write anything in the memo space on the check.
PLEASE SEND ALL FORMS/CHECKS TO:
Makarios 3267 Bee Caves Rd. Suite 107-71 Austin, TX 78746
Thank you for your prayers! I will send out more updates as the trip approaches and I will post about it here as well.