Thursday, March 21, 2013

What we're doing on our summer vacation

We are so (so!) excited - this summer Sam, Ben, and Jamie are headed to Colima, Mexico on a short term mission trip working for and with the children of the Hogar de Amor orphanages!

It all started this fall.  As y'all know, I'm terrible at sitting still and with the boys hitting ages where they are both useful(ish) and trustworthy(ish) I started considering the possibility of a family mission trip.   I knew I wanted to go international, I knew I wanted to do orphan service projects, and I knew that I wanted the boys to go, so I contacted some friends and online groups where I thought I might be able to get recommendations for groups that facilitate family trips.

Well, it turns out that one of my adoption heroes, Dawn Davenport, and her husband lead trips for their church every year to Mexico and this year they were hoping to extend the experience to another church.  So we chatted and they asked if I'd be interested in leading a group from our church.  How could I say no?!?

So that's how I ended up leading a group of 17 people, aged 9 to 65, to Colima, Mexico this summer.  Dawn and Peter will come along with us to help facilitate the logistics (hooray!) and I'll handle the organization from the CenterPoint side.  I am so, so excited about the group of people we have going from CenterPoint Church and can't wait to see what God is going to do in and through this team as we serve together.

Of course, I'm most excited about sharing this experience with the boys - to serve alongside them, watch them grow and stretch, and together recognize God's blessing in our lives and in the lives of those we serve.  The boys?  They're excited about using power tools.  Oh, and serving, of course, they're excited about the serving.

Oh, and did I mention that my mom and dad are coming, too?  Three generations working together - I can't wait!

How can you be involved?
  1. Pray!  Please join us in prayer for our trip.  Pray for the team and for those we will serve, that we will each be transformed through God's work in us on this trip.
  2. Follow our adventures!  Subscribe to for updates, prayer requests, photos, and stories as we travel to Mexico.
  3. Be a part of our support team!  Each person traveling needs to raise about $600 on top of travel expenses (which we are paying ourselves).  If you would like to support our trip financially, we would sure love to have you!  Contact Jamie or leave a comment on this post and I'll give you the information for how to make your tax-deductible donation.

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