First, a quick apology: I intended to post regularly, but life intervened (as it often does). I promise to update more regularly.
Now for the actual update. I was asked to help with a bunch of back-end administrative prep for the trip. One of the biggest blessings in all of this is that I’ve been able to see God’s provision roll in.
More to the point, about two weeks before Christmas, most people were maybe 30% funded. By New Year’s Day, everyone had hit the January 1 goal AND we purchased plane tickets.
Seriously, it was overwhelming, especially for me personally. I signed up expecting to mostly self-fund. I sent out prayer letters expecting maybe a few people to chip in a few bucks here and there (mostly, I just wanted to keep specific people informed for prayer purposes). And I got blown away by the generosity towards me personally. If you donated, or even just prayed, God used you personally in so many ways to confirm my involvement in this trip and encourage me in a slightly stressful season. Thank you!
The best news in all of this is that we are almost certainly done raising money. Between inexpensive flights and an overabundance of donations (have I mentioned that you all are awesome), we’re just verifying the numbers to make sure we’ve covered everything we want to (things like the Yellow Fever vaccine, for example). Any other funds that come in at this point will most likely go to “milk money”—literally, milk and formula for the orphanage.
So there you have it: a pretty cool update on how trip prep is going. Please keep praying for us:
- Tickets are purchased, but we still have some transportation logistics to figure out.
- Pray that we leave no stone unturned in detail planning.
- Pray for us as we pursue vaccines and visas.