22 April, 2009

Zambia

I am writing to share some exciting news: I am going to Africa this summer! However, this trip will not be a vacation. My church, Providence Church, is partnering with Covenant Mercies to send a team of individuals to Ndola, Zambia on July 5-17. We will be building a school, distributing clothing, shoes, school supplies, and teaching community outreach classes.

This work is possible because Covenant Mercies has established relationships with a local pastor and his wife. They founded the Lighthouse Christian School, which serves underprivileged children in the area. We will be building a much-needed school building on property which is within walking distance of two large shanty villages where many of their students live. Covenant Mercies currently sponsors 141 children in Ndola. Sponsorship assists these children and their families with school tuition, clothing, food, shelter, and other essentials. The school that we will build is part of a long-term missions care for these children.

Why am I going on this trip? To share the mercy of God in tangible ways to the children and families of Ndola. God commands us to love and care for strangers, widows, and orphans. Though I am not able to extend long-term care for the people of Ndola, I am able to assist those who have been caring for them, and enable them to continue their service. Ephesians 2:10 says that we are created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared already, so we should walk in them. God has been preparing this trip for me, and I am joyfully walking it through to completion so I may glorify him.

Would you pray for this team and me? Also, would you consider supporting me financially as I raise $3,000 for this trip? Any donation would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to make a contribution, you can either contact my church and let them know that you'd like to support me (it's tax-deductible!) or donate using PayPal (see button below).

I would love to keep you updated on the progress of this trip through e-mail, so feel free to contact me with your e-mail address, and I’ll include you in the updates. Thank you for your time and prayers!





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4 comments:

samurai said...

That is so cool! I am praying about how much God would like me to give...

I will also pray for your trip...

Jason said...

Wow! That's exciting!

samurai said...

Laedelas - your PayPal donate link does not seem to be working...

Sterling said...

That's really cool that you are going to Zambia this summer (well, it will probably be warm)!

May the Lord bless your work! Remember, a huge part of missions is building relationships and rejoicing in the universal brotherhood we have in Christ--- so pour out your soul for our brothers and sisters across the ocean!