Monday, July 20, 2009

Coming Soon...COTW '09-'10

Well, since the kids went home, I haven't been blogging. We had a great trip to Nepal. It was wonderful to see the kids from previous tours and get to know them. We also had the privilege of visiting 3 children's homes that World Help partners with. The kids are adjusting back into school and Nepali life well. 

Steven and I have enjoyed being home in Alabama for a few weeks. July is flying by and we leave Sunday to head to Uganda to pick up the new children. We can't wait to be there (although we wish there was a faster way than 15 hour plane rides)! 

We will be directing the West Coast tour this year, and we are excited about all God has in store. One huge answer to prayer is that all the children and chaperones for this tour have gotten their visas! We just found out last week that the Ugandans were approved! 

You can be in prayer for everyone as this tour are some specifics:
  • TRAVEL: for safety and health as all the kids fly to the US. Also, that everything will go smoothly bringing the kids through customs.
  • TRAINING CAMP: this is one of the hardest parts of the year. Pray that the kids will adjust well to America (English, food, bonding with the kids from other countries, using silverware, different toilets, etc). There are so many changes for them all at once, and on top of that, they have to learn the program. I will be training the kids, so please pray for endurance and energy as well as for my voice to stay strong. Pray that our new staff as well as the East team staff will bond and work well together. 
  • SCHEDULING: that the Lord will show very clearly what churches we need to be in for this coming tour, and that He will begin preparing the hearts of the people who will see us this year.
  • HEARTS: that these children will grow spiritually this year and understand what it means to worship and follow Jesus with their whole heart. Pray for us as leaders as we disciple these kids that we will be filled up with Jesus so he will spill out on the children and people we meet.
We look forward to getting to know our 15 new can be sure that cute pictures are to come!

They all have a story...

This year's children came to us all the way from Nepal, Uganda and the Philippines. Most of them come from children's homes, but they all have a story of trials that God has brought them through. Some of them have faced things in their young lives that most of us won't face in a lifetime. We praise the Lord for the ministries that love and care for these kids, and most importantly, are teaching them what it means to live for Christ. These children are the future Christian leaders to some of the most unreached areas of our world. We are so blessed to be able to disciple them and have them here as missionaries to the U.S. this year.

give hope

Everywhere we tour, people have the opportunity to give HOPE by sponsoring a child. Just $30 a month provides a little boy or girl with food, clothing, medicine and an education, but it also gives that child the opportunity to hear about Jesus...the only HOPE for eternity! Maybe this is something you've always wanted to do, but you just wanted to make sure it was a trustworthy organization. Maybe you came to a concert and are still thinking about it. Whatever the case, we hope that you will prayerfully consider sponsoring a child. There's no better time to invest in eternity! 

Tour Schedule

'09-'10 tour schedule to come...we'll be heading west this year!