West Africa Mission Trip
I wrote a page the other day that was quite lengthy. It goes into a good bit of detail about our mission trip. You can see it HERE. But for those who don’t like to read a lot of lengthy information, I decided to summarize in as few words as possible.
We started going to Mali, West Africa as a Church in 2007. We’ve made between 25 and 30 trips. Since then, we have seen many come to faith in Christ but there is still much work to be done. The goal is to get enough “critical mass” in the area of our village that the believers can operate with very little outside support. That means we need to find villagers who can read and can also act as a “Pastor” for the local church. When I tell people we are building a church, that is true, but I’ve never lifted a hammer, saw…or in this case, a mud brick. The church is the people who have accepted Christ and are gathering to encourage each other, learn and then to make converts and eventually disciples. There are other functions of the church as described in Acts 2 but we have to get them moving.
Our last trip over there was January 2012. My son, Carson, went with me then. It will have been 2 years since we’ve been to our village due to the military coups and the terrorism threat, mainly in the north. But, we need to get back into the village to help them continue moving forward. Carson went with me in October of 2008 on his first overseas mission trip at the age of 11. His next trip was when he was 14 a little over 3 years later. Now 2 years later, we need to go back. His mission will be not only the kids, but continuing the relationships with the now teenagers who have accepted Christ along with reaching a group that has so far been hard to reach, the teenagers in the village, especially the teenage boys. You can read about Carson’s first mission trip HERE.
West Africa Mission Trip – Your Part
We are planning for the plane tickets for this trip being about $3000 each. It may be a bit less but that is the amount we are looking to raise for the tickets. The moment I have enough money to get the tickets, we will purchase them. We will also have to have transportation, food, translators, spending money, etc. called “in country expenses”. I have already committed to getting Carson’s passport and visa out of pocket along with a few other miscellaneous things to get things moving in the right direction.
We have raised a few hundred dollars already but frankly, we need more in order to get the tickets purchased. This is an investment for the Kingdom and we are looking for you to help us. Every little bit helps. I had someone give us $20 last night that is going into our West Africa Fund and she apologized a bit for not giving more but I told her, if I had 299 more people to just give $20…we’re there. So, please pray and consider giving. I was talking to a friend yesterday morning at breakfast and I told him, prayer is important but at some point, I have to book plane tickets and the people at the airline don’t want to hear that people have been praying for us. They want a debit/credit card in order to book the tickets.
CONTACT ME if you want to help or need more information or if you would like to consider going on a future trip with us. The best way to give is by sending a check to our church with a note stating it is for Jay and Carson’s West Africa trip. Our church website is www.beaulahbaptist.com and you can get the address from there. Also, if you don’t care about the write-off, you can go to our paypal account at firstname.lastname@example.org and give there. The sooner we get the tickets, the less it will cost and the better options we will have as far as what Countries we fly through to get there, so please pray and give soon if you plan to.
Again, to read my page from the other day, click HERE.
Thank you for your consideration.