This is a letter I am sharing with others, asking for support for our mission trip to Haiti in January:
Last April I went on an adventure of discovery to Haiti. Haiti is often recognized as the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. The situation for many people is dire. While I was in Haiti I happened upon the Timoun se Espwa Demen Orphanage in Port au Prince. This was an orphanage of 28 children. They lived in a three room house (not three bedrooms, but three rooms). There were no beds and they slept on the floor. The kids did not attend school and barely have enough food to survive.
I am thankful because 28 families from our church stepped forward to sponsor these children for $30/month. Such a little thing has made an incredible difference. We may not be able to help all the orphans in the world, but we can make a difference with these 28.
In January, I will be going back to Haiti with a team of 18 people representing 3 churches in New Jersey and Illinois. Our team will be doing construction and medical work. We will also be spending time with the kids, teaching them about Jesus. It is so exciting to see so many people responding to help. This is where you come in. Each team member is responsible for raising the funds for their trip. I would be honored if you would consider sponsoring me to help lead this team to Haiti. Your sponsorship would help cover airfare, lodging, transportation expenses in Haiti, and translation (the native languages are French and Haitian Creole). We also will have expenses for construction supplies, medicine, and hiring local labor. We have a website set up at gs4nj.org/haititeam where you can sponsor members of the team through a donation. Because donations are going through Good Shepherd, they are tax-deductible. I am asking each sponsor to consider a $100 donation, but I would be grateful for whatever you might be able to contribute. It is my prayer you would find joy in doing this knowing that it will be for a good cause!
Upon my return I will make sure to share with you an incredible story through pictures and video about what God did while we were there. Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel.