It’s hard to believe that at this time, just two weeks from now, our team will be making our way to the Dominican Republic. There is still a lot to get done, but I’m happy to report that I’ve made some great progress.
I’m happy to share a praise report! After a roller coaster ride that last few weeks trying to get my immunizations updated and required prescriptions, it’s all handled. Thanks to my awesome PA Kari and her staff at the Veranda, I was able to get my shots in office or a prescription so, that I could get it from my pharmacy. A big thanks to U-Save-It Pharmacy, especially the Northwest and Dawson Road locations for taking great care of me.
It’s a busy June, so I’ve made my packing list and I’ve been slowly starting over the last couple of weekends to get things together. I try to be an early packer. I work in a very busy and fast pace environment so, most the time that only leaves me the weekends to get everything together. Also, there is nothing more that raises the excitement level as when you can start packing.
There are two things that you can specifically pray for at this time.
Pray for the team as we prepare mentally, physically, and spiritually for the trip.
Food is a concern for me at this time. Pray that I will have the right kinds of food to eat.
Wow, has the time flown by. It seems like yesterday that I made the decision to go on this trip and now we are almost a month before the trip. I thought that I would drop by and give you a quick update.
This week’s mission has been all about immunizations. What I thought was going to be an easy task has proved me wrong. It’s been almost 11 years since my last missions trip. The travel center that I have used previously has closed and since my records are so old they are not on our state’s immunizations website. This has caused some setbacks this week, but the good news is that I have an appointment with my regular doctor on Tuesday. Please pray that we can get these straighten out within the next week.
By the end of next week, I should hopefully have more information on our travel plans, itinerary, packing list, and any other needs for the trip.
How can you help?
Most importantly, I need your prayers that God will work in and through me during the trip.
Secondly, purchasing a T-Shirt or Ladies Tank. (Pre-Orders Only. All profits go directly to my trip.) The deadline to place and pay for your order is 5/21/17.
Third, any financial support you can give will be greatly appreciated. The deadline for tax deductible gifts has passed, however I can still accept non tax deductible gifts. This money would be used towards immunizations and associated travel cost.
Can you envision a place where an 8-year-old child alone with no parents is a s common as a single parent family in America? Or living in a community of more than 2000 people in dire poverty? That is exactly the place that God has challenged me to go and share His love through word and deed. June 19th – 26th, I will be going to the Dominican Republic with a team from our Southwest District of the UMC. We will: build a wall to protect a Church and the area’s only source of clean water, make repairs to a Church, install flooring in homes, building outhouses, and working with an orphanage.
For almost the last year, God has been steering our hearts towards the Dominican Republic. There are 1000’s of people that live in each batey. Their ancestors came from Haiti to work on the sugar cane farms. The Dominican Republic does not allow them citizenship and Hati says that they have been gone too long, so these are people that are literally without a country. The sugar cane farms are mechanized and so, the work has all gone away.
The people of the batey have special restrictions placed on them:
Education only to the 8th grade
Must work only day labor jobs (Pays around $2 USD per 12 hour shift)
Only allowed power two hours per day.
To leave the batey, special papers are required and if they leave without them then they are thrown in jail and sent back to the batey.
I’m excited about this opportunity. A trip of this mature requires both prayerful and financial support. The cost of the trip is $1400. I am inviting you to join me in the work God will be doing in the children and the people of the Dominican Republic. Here’s how you can help:
Most importantly, I need your prayers that God will work in and through me in the trip.
Secondly, any financial support you can give will be greatly appreciated.
Third, purchasing a T-Shirt or Ladies Tank. (Pre-Orders Only. All profits go directly to my trip.)
I want to thank you for considering taking part in supporting me in God’s work prayerfully and or financially. To keep you updated on how you can pray for the team and me, I will send updates as the mission develops. When we return, I will send a follow-up to sharing what you help accomplished for God.
Have you ever thought your dreams were too big? Have you stopped dreaming at all? That was me until about two weeks ago.
About 6 months ago, I was so frustrated with social media that I just wanted to delete all my accounts. I knew of a guy that was social media genius so, I signed Cynthia (my wife) and I up for his online coaching group called Adventure Social. We’ve gotten so much more than social media coaching! It’s really about mindset. Through Adventure Social, we were given the opportunity to go on an adventure in Orlando, FL for 3 days. We had to trust people that we had only met online to setup this adventure. All we knew was that we were staying in house with a bunch of strangers in Orlando for some training and some special adventures. We left for Florida and did not even
have an address for where we were staying that night. We arrived that evening to meet people from all over the US and a couple from the UK. There was various ages, backgrounds, lifestyles, races, and religions. An common thing happened, we bonded within 3 days and these other 25 people are family now. Our major topic for the weekend was Dreams. It was just a life changing and the shot in the arm that I needed to dream again.
My mentor and coach, John-Erik says:
Turn you mess into a message.
The purpose of this blog is to tell my story as great or messy as it may be and to take you on the journey of my life. We will journey together through my health recovery, travel, missions, new hobbies, and whatever happens along the path. It’s my hope that I can provide you with insight and inspiration to follow your dreams.