Monday, June 30, 2008

That's It - We're Going!

I'm in the process of organizing a team of folks to head to Haiti in September and I can't begin to tell you how excited I am to finally be in the planning stages. We'll be traveling to the New Missions Campus on the Leogane Plain just like last year. It's a very beautiful place in so many ways. It's clear when your there that God has blessed it. From the breathtaking views to the icy cold well flowing with clean water - you can tell that God is in the mission. This is the same mission that Pastor George (mentioned below) founded back in 1983. It's now expanded to 20 schools and churches and its my prayer that great Haitian leaders will come from there and make a difference for their country. That would be an awesome day!

Back to the trip. Call it "Voluntourism" or a short term mission, but either way, I guarantee we all get more than we give. That's the beauty of working for God and serving Him. I think of the Parable of the Sheep and the Goats. It's Matthew 25:31-46. You probably know the take away. For me, its......"whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me". In simple terms - if I serve the poor and needy than I am in effect serving Jesus? Correct!?Absolutely! Amen! The goal for all of us is to do it everyday. Not only in Haiti but in our backyards as well. We can't turn it on when we're abroad and then turn it off when we return home....or can we? Therein lies the challenge for many of us - including me.

Back to the trip. I need your help. Is he talking to me? Sure I am. We'd like to raise some support in a humble, professional and courteous manner. Those of you who may have done this before might have ideas to offer up. If so, please submit a comment and let me know. I know that whatever is in God's Will will occur, but I know that we can't sit idly by but instead must be actively pursing the prize or in this case the support. Please share your ideas. The team has some, but we can use all we can get.

Lastly, I want to encourage you to check out the Livesay blog. This family is really incredible and needs your support and prayers as they make a change in their life. They're changing the organization with which they're affiliated and this requires a move and other changes. Troy, the husband, has just released a photo book called Rocks in the Sun and it looks phenomenal. Tara, the wife, says that $28 from the sale of each book helps support the Livesay Family's new ministry. If you can afford it, consider picking up a copy and supporting these wonderful folks who work so hard to help the Haitian people. I'm definitely going to try and budget for a copy. To get to their blog just click here. Although I've not met or communicated with this family directly, Tara is a fantastic writer and the blog speaks volumes about their passion for serving. After reading just a few posts you feel like you know them.

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