It's amazing the things God uses to reach people...He relentlessly pursues each and every person. God used a young man, working for Young Life in Singapore more than 37 years ago to reach a lost 17 year old high school student. My life was forever changed because someone sent Greg to show Christ's love to the students at my school. I wasn't really interested in YL but I was interested in the way Greg loved me, unconditionally. When my life fell apart, Greg with there to love me...I desperately wanted whatever he had...that peace, that love for others. When he told me that Jesus loved me just as I was, a lost, broken, hurting boy...and that Jesus wanted a relationship with me...I was in! And I have been in ever since...I'm still a little lost, a little broken and a little hurting at times...but I am forgiven and loved by the Creator of the Universe...and He has allowed me to be a part of YL ever since!
So this summer, I get to go back to Africa, where I lived in the 70's, and help send more people like Greg to reach the lost. How amazing is that!
I will be going to Tanzania to work with the local YL staff, then go climb Mt. Kilimanjaro! I am need to raise $15,000 to help support Young Life in Senegal. 100% of the money raised goes to support the mission of YL in Senegal.
I am doing this trip dedicated to three people...
1. To my former student Pops Ndiaye. Pop is from Senegal and went to the high school I work at in Dallas. He came to YL camp with me and we continue to be friends. I love this young man and am honored to work on behalf of his people in Senegal.
2. To my sister, Tracey. She is warrior, battling a brain tumor. She is amazing and inspires me everyday. She is a single mom who raised my 4 wonderful nephew and nieces and now is a grandmother!
3. To my sister-in-law, Crystal. I'm going on this trip because she asked me to go. She is a cancer survivor, a wonderful mother to my niece, Grace, and my dear friend. I am privileged to be able to do this experience with her!
Please join me in helping Young Life reach the wonderful people of Senegal! No amount of support is too small or too large and any money raised over $15,000 will go to help the others on the trip, reach their goal. As a professional photographer, I will be taking my camera and lenses along and will be providing those who support this endeavor, their choice of photo, from this great adventure, especially of the great Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Because of His Grace,
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