I’m Going to Africa

I’m taking 25 high school students and 5 adults to Malawi, Africa tomorrow night. We’ll be there for two weeks, participating in a number of activities. We’ll be visiting some people who are very ill on our very first day, many who have AIDS. Malawi is one of the poorest countries on the planet, and I’m taking our team right into the heart of the hurt. Our next couple days will revolve around the thousands of children that live there. We’ll take part in their feeding program, which we’ve been honored to help make possible through the generosity of the people at MISSION Community Church. We’ll also spend time working on roofing, making bricks, distributing blankets, mosquito nets and other needs, training their youth pastors, and of course… playing soccer. I’ve got some college-level soccer players going on this trip, but apparently they are about to get schooled by the home team in Malawi.

Please pray for us while we are gone. Pray that God would open our eyes and hearts, that He would stretch us, use us, and be glorified through everything that happens. Pray that our team would be united as one! We have a very diverse group of students and staff going with us, which is a good thing šŸ™‚












Headed to Tijuana

36 of my high school students and 4 leaders are heading to Tijuana for Spring Break next week. We’re returning to Mexico Caravan Ministries, an amazing organization that builds homes for the homeless, among other things. We’re all set to build 12 shelters for 12 families over 4 days. The team at MCM leads the way, while our students pound nails, push up walls, and play with the neighborhood kids.

I hope that God does something huge in the hearts of my students. They’re already such amazing kids… I just can’t wait to see what happens when we get back.

I’ll be blogging through the trip HERE.

Charity: water

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I’ve finally found a non-profit organization that provides clean drinking water to people in developing nations AND tells the story well. There are plenty of great organizations out there, but it’s so difficult to actually get an answer when you ask, “So what exactly do you do?”. So few organizations can tell you where your money actually goes, or what they have done with it when it gets there. Charity: water does that, AND provides measurable goals that you can keep track of!

Charity: water funds a range of water solutions. These solutions include hand-dug wells, deep wells (boreholes), rehabilitations, spring protections, rainwater harvesting schemes, and biosand filters. In 2008, charity: water added projects in India, Bangladesh, and Honduras.

Check out their website… and consider giving me a birthday present this year!

I’m going to get our youth ministries on board with their “Water for Schools” program this Fall. It’s perfect for what we’re looking for.