Al & Julie's Mission of Making a Difference
Organized by: Julie and Al Klosiewski
You may have noticed that we go on a lot of missions trips. It‘s true, we do…we have been to Rwanda many times (next trip in September) and to Belize twice.
You may wonder why we do this, or you may think that these types of trips are not for you but for “missionaries” and I am not a “missionary”. I am just an ordinary person - I really don’t have that much to offer.
That is what we thought too. But we have learned that you don’t have to be a “missionary” to show God’s love to people. As a matter of fact, anyone can reflect the love of Christ. If you are a Christian, you should be showing the love of Christ…to someone! It can be right here at home, at your work or in your neighborhood…or across the world.
God has taught us much about His love and we know the lesson is far from over! It all began in Rwanda in 2009, when we stepped out of our comfort zones and into a new culture…into Rwanda.
Think about your grandparents, your aunts, uncles, your cousins. Think about growing up and all the big family get-togethers with these aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, and your brothers or sisters, even the neighbors joining in.
Think about your Dad and your Mom, how they have been there for you in the good and bad, your siblings…the arguments, the laughter, the fun and the hurts, how you faced them together as a family.
Think about your spouse, your children, the love and sacrifices you have made for them. The joys and sorrows that life has thrown your way. How you leaned into your family more than ever!
Now picture that they are suddenly gone – murdered – brutally and systematically murdered. Your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors, mom, dad, brothers, sisters, husband, wife…your children…all gone.
In 1994 a horrific crime was committed against the Tutsi people in Rwanda. Over a million people were slaughtered in 100 days. . That is 10, 000 murdered every day, 400 every hour or 7 every minute. 300, 000 Tutsi survived the genocide. Thousands of widows, many of whom were subjected to rape, and are now HIV positive. There were about 400,000 orphans and nearly 85,000 of them were forced to become heads of families. Parents were left without their children; children were left without any parents or siblings. Every member of the Tutsi community faced loss of epic proportions.
We have found that the love of God comes in many different forms. You don’t have to have it all together, you don’t have to be a perfect person, and you don’t have to think of being a “missionary” to show the love of God to others.
You, and me, we are just ordinary people with not that much to offer in and of ourselves.
We are inviting you to be part of the “mission” we are on. The mission of showing people the love of Christ by being the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth. We are inviting you to help us show people whose lives have been ripped apart by hate, that they are not alone and that someone actually cares.
You do not have to be anyone special, or have extraordinary abilities or talents…just someone who will care. You don’t even have to travel to the other side of the world…or outside your comfort zone.
Would you join us in our mission by supporting us through prayer? We cannot, and do not want to do any of this without prayer…remember, we are just ordinary people, with not that much to offer.
Would you join us in our mission by financially supporting us? …again, ordinary people with ordinary jobs but, whose hearts believe that God wants to use them to make a difference.
YOU can make a difference too!
Please donate here on this site, or message us to send a check and I will give you further instructions. All donations are tax deductible.
We thank you so very much!
Alan & Julie