“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27
Dear Friends and Family,
We are underway in the preparation for our next trip to Ethiopia in February 2016! Once again, Shanna will travel in Feb 2016 and this time she will take Illianna. Our ten year old is excited for her opportunity to make this journey that both her older sister and brother have experienced. As parents, we believe taking our children on mission trips is vitally important to their understanding of living out Biblical principles, outside their comfort environment, developing hearts for those who have needs beyond their comprehension.
This next trip will look a little different than our previous ones. For the past 4 years, we have worked closely with our Compassion Project based in Debre Ziet, Ethiopia, ministering to children and supporting the local church with community outreach and visiting with and addressing the needs of the families of our Compassion sponsored children. And, although we will continue to do all of these things in February, we have another opportunity that we are excited about. Our partner church, Mehale Kale Hiwot, began a ministry a little over a year ago, partnering with an organization called Reach One Touch One Ministries or ROTOM. The mission of ROTOM is to come alongside the church to help and support the elderly persons living in the community. ROTOM also offers a sponsorship program similar to Compassion.
We continue to feel God’s calling for our service in Ethiopia. It is such a blessing to be partnered with you, our dear friends and our family, through your prayers, your encouragement and your financial support. Honestly, we believe God chose us because of you. Your faithful support over these years has made our mission possible and we have seen so many souls won for Christ. With your permission, we would like to continue the partnership we have established with each of you. We are seeking to raise a total of $3300.00 for Illianna. This includes all necessary expenses for our trip. We were blessed to find reasonable air fares, which were considerably less than we have previously paid. Also, we were able to secure Shanna’s airline tickets with travel mileage.
I love this verse, 2 Peter 1:3 His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
The power to grow doesn’t come from within us, but only from GOD. God has placed each of you in our lives for a plan and purpose. We are truly grateful and blessed for your prayers and support.