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My Opportunity to Give Back…

Living out west has given me a totally different appreciation for water and how important it is for life.

Something broke within me this year when watching a video of a mission trip to Haiti with Poured-Out. I’ve prayed for and supported others on specific mission trips as God has guided me, but I’ve never before felt the call to actually go on a mission trip. All that changed this year.

I’ve learned that in Haiti, it’s estimated 1 in 5 children die before the age of 10 due to dirty drinking water. I have the opportunity this summer to be the hands and feet of Christ for these individuals in Haiti. I will be traveling to Haiti with a group from our church, ‘The Orchard’ to partner with Poured-Out. We will be installing water filtration systems and sharing the love of Christ with individuals in desperate need. Our focus will be in the rural areas of Haiti reaching the communities and people who have not yet received aid and desperately need clean water.

As my friends, it will be a blessing to share the adventure with you and I’m asking for your help. Please pray for each member of the group. You can especially pray for me that I will trust God to help me overcome my fears and see His glory in this trip. Above all, pray God would be glorified throughout this journey. I’m expecting great things and consider it an honor to be able to serve beside other believers to help improve living conditions in this area. I also hope the local people will witness the love of Christ in our actions. Poured-Out is a nonprofit organization focused on under-reached communities across the globe in need of clean, safe drinking water. Their current focus is in Haiti, where the need for water has grown exponentially since the 2010 earthquake.

In order to be a part of this opportunity, I need to raise $1800, which will cover airfare, insurance, room & board, the purchase of a BioSand Filter for a family, and travel while in Haiti. Please pray and if you feel compelled to help support this missions trip, please message me for the details. If you are not able to help out financially, please be a prayer supporter. I believe that God will use your prayers greatly!

Expect to see periodic updates leading up to and after the trip. Thank You for your Support through prayer, finances, or both.

 

The Big Search

It was early in 2010. Retirement was just around the corner. Tom would retire first, and then within two years I too, would retire. Our plan was to move after retirement. We recognized the house on the lake was a wonderful place, but the cost and work necessary to maintain the property was going to limit our ability to travel and participate in other activities of interest to us. Still, it all just seemed like a dream. Brunch with Tim, and his conversation about a friend who had moved to the San Juan Islands changed our attitude about retiring. That day was the turning point for us. We started thinking more seriously about retiring. We recognized, we were in control of what was going to happen and started in earnest to research and evaluate ‘where we really wanted to retire’. We spent much time on the computer and as much time as our schedules would permit traveling. The computer time was consuming and sometimes frustrating, but the dreaming and imagining us in the various locations was fun!