Dear facebook family,
Serving others in a third world country has been a desire of mine for quite a while. About four years ago to the day, I had signed up to go to Africa with my church in the upcoming summer. I knew God was calling me to go…I just didn’t realize that, at the time, He was calling all of our family to Fort Worth, Texas and not Togo, Africa. Although four years have passed, the desire to go and serve has not. Thankfully, He’s finally given me another opportunity to serve him abroad, and the coolest part is that I will be going alongside my “baby-girl”, MaryBeth :)! I am so excited to have the opportunity to work side-by-side with my daughter as we both grow and learn more about God’s command to go and serve as commanded on the book of Matthew.
MaryBeth and I have the wonderful privilege to go to Honduras with an organization that assists people in the most remote and impoverished part of Honduras, which is the second most impoverished country in the Western Hemisphere. HOI is based in Tucker, Georgia near Atlanta, and hosts weekly groups at their ranch facility in the mountainous Agalta Valley, where education, hygiene, healthcare, and even basic craft skills have not evolved much for centuries. HOI (www.hoi.org) helps people by training men and women and educating children to help themselves, working in about 100 villages. It is a Christian-based organization with a universal purpose
There are so many details that go into preparing for a trip like this. Making arrangements to be away from our family for a week, getting the proper vaccinations, and planning financially for the expenses that come with this kind of trip can all be overwhelming. We have seen God’s amazing hand of provision in ways that one letter cannot tell. During our 4 years here in Ft Worth, we have seen Him provide us with rich, deep friendships; we’ve seen Him provide financially when our own resources were not enough; and we’ve experienced the peace that comes from following Him even when it was difficult. Our trip is scheduled for July 27, and for the two of us, it will cost about $3400. Although that is a lot of money, we are confident that He will provide this time as well. He’s never let us down…not even once!
We would be honored if you would join us in this journey in two ways. First of all, we covet your prayers. Pray that we would both fall deeper in love with Jesus and ALL of his children. Pray, too, that we will never be the same and that our hearts would be so in tune with Him that we would truly understand ‘storing up treasures in heaven.’ Secondly, we would be honored if you would support us financially. Any amount you could give would be greatly appreciated. Opportunities like this always remind me of just how much we really are “the body of Christ,” each doing our own part to support the other parts. MaryBeth are willing to go; we just need “other parts of the body” to support us :).
If you are able to give financially, please make your check to First Baptist Saginaw, Texas, the church with which we are traveling, and send it to my address: 5904 Portridge Rd, Ft Worth, Texas 76135. Please know that our money is due by April 30. If you are not able to give, please do pray!
We both thank you so much for being a part of this incredible opportunity!
With much love,
Amanda and MaryBeth