BENEFITING: AMBASSADOR PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God? — Micah 6:8 (NIV)
**UPDATE ON 8/6/15: Thank you! You guys are amazing!! I reached my goal with your help.
Any additional donations will go towards an acoustic guitar & guitar supplies for the children's home that we'll play while there and leave behind for them to enjoy. We are also trying to bring 12 soccer balls from the One World Play Project and many school supplies that will help teach English to the children**
Nearly 2 million children are exploited in the commercial sex industry, worldwide (source: IJM). Think about that number for a moment.
When considering that number and that scale, the problem seems completely overwhelming.
Now for the reason why you're reading this... I've been called to try and put a small dent in that problem, towards the end of our summer here in the U.S. As Jesus says in Matthew 19:14, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." (NIV)
So along with four other members of my church in NC, I will be traveling to West Africa. Each team member has a slightly different purpose while there. Mine is to visit and serve at a children’s home established by Remember Nhu & the church in an urban area.
The story of Remember Nhu struck a chord deep within me. They exist to prevent children from ever being subject to human trafficking (PDF) by offering care and education. Their hope is to open future children's homes in Africa. It’s a prevention-focused model that is, by the grace of God, already working in Asia. You can read more about Nhu here. Hearing her story was the catalyst that ultimately led to this short-term trip.
This feels like it's the start of something big for both my family and my church. We have the opportunity, should God open the door, to play a key role in establishing one or more of these homes in Africa, where trafficking & 'sex tourism' is impacting too many children.
To make this trip a reality, I need to personally raise about $2,300 to cover expenses. Will you consider partnering with me? Thank you for your consideration! And if you are the praying type, our team and our families will need your prayer support to make this trip all it can be.
Please note: all donations will go directly to my church to support this trip. As such, donations are tax-deductible. This is also verified by my lovely wife, a CPA. There is an approximately 8% fee that crowdrise will take, and I will personally be contributing the % difference for whatever is given here, to make the total match your intended amount.