*** Edited to change the wording a little & add a picture of BOTH Randy and I, just in case you were starting to think I was going by myself or with Elliana! :-)
It has been a crazy busy few weeks around here, with coming home from vacation, a special 2 year old's birthday, lots of random things coming up, and beginning our 8th year of homeschooling this week.
But the biggest thing that is coming up right around the corner is our trip to Ethiopia with Childrens HopeChest in just 3 1/2 weeks! Yikes!!!
We will be gone September 19th- 29th!
We have been busy preparing: getting shots, having meetings, being on conference calls, making lists, selling beads, planning donations, booking flights, and praying like crazy.
It has been full in a wonderful way.
In that way that you feel when you just KNOW you are doing what God wants you to do.
When you know you were created for this very thing.
When you feel like you are going to burst from excitement from the anticipation of all that God is going to do!
Some think I'm crazy, but that's how I get when I think about, talk about, plan about and pray about THIS MISSION. About God's heart for the least of these and how you and I can play a part in the BIGGER PICTURE of the Kindgom of God. Yes, I said that right- YOU and I both have a part in this! His desire for those of us who have been adopted into His family is that we in turn would show the same grace and love for the lost in this world that He showed to us.
So on that note, my question for you is...
Will you join us?
Will you "come" to Africa with us?
You can give your heart to this trip by lifting us and the entire team up in prayer as well as through your financial support.
Jesus said "Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
We have purchased our plane tickets and have paid some of our fees to HopeChest, but are still a bit short. We know that God owns it all and that The Lord funds what He favors, so we continue to move forward in obedience and trust that He will do just that in His perfect timing! We are convinced that we are GOING in just a few short weeks because He has called us!
Will you give $25 for the children in Ethiopia?
Your support would be used to help us with the remaining land fees for our trip (about $1,400) as well as be used to purchase donations and supplies for the children & caregivers while we are in Africa. Your gift could help purchase extra food--like meat--for a special meal. Or new shoes and clothes for kids who have no clothing at all. Sometimes it helps with bigger needs--like beds, mattresses, washing machines, and textbooks. Although the need is great, our resources make an even greater difference.
You can give more or less, but $25 is pretty reachable for most of us. And we wanted everyone to have the opportunity to join us. I hope to be blogging a little while we are there and would love to be able to share with you how your gift is being used to help the children of Ethiopia. We really do want you to come with us! :)
THANK YOU in advance for your prayers and partnership. I will be blogging more about the details of the trip soon. There is so much to do in the meantime!
$25 is not a lot of money to most of us, but if 200 people gave that much- that would be $5,000 raised! That's significant! We invite you to put some of your treasure into the lives of orphans in Ethiopia who need our help. Please join us.
Thank you for coming with us to Ethiopia,
Candice & Randy
(I know, it seems like a random picture. But here I'm sporting my 147 Million Orphans shirt and my African beads- even though you can't really see either- I just wanted to share how easy it is to raise awareness just by walking around with a cool shirt or necklace on! So that's why I posted this seemingly random picture of us.)