Dear People who Read my Blog,
In partnership with the North Carolina Baptist Men, the Woman’s Missionary Union (WMU of NC) is forming a ten person team to go to Guatemala September 5-12, 2015. We will be leading a retreat to disciple and encourage local Christian women as well as spend time at and take supplies to the Good Shepherd Children’s Home. My responsibilities will include leading activities for the preschoolers while their mom’s attend the retreat. I am excited to be able to combine three of my passions: God, missions, and children.
Recently, I prayerfully made a list of things that I wanted to accomplish. Some items on the list were simple, such as visiting the library regularly, and other tasks were more challenging such as going overseas again on a mission trip. That same week I received a call from Irma Duke, the mission trip leader, and she personally invited me to be a part of this mission trip. Immediately, I caught her vision of a group of women, Hispanic and Gringos, going together as a unified team to minister to women.
To commit to go on this trip is a huge step of faith, and I have many things to prepare in the upcoming weeks. First of all, please pray that God would prepare me spiritually for the task at hand and that I would make spending time with God priority. Next, please pray that God would allow me to start now to prepare physically by eating well, drinking lots of water, and exercising. While in Guatemala, I will be at a much higher altitude. Also, please pray for the hearts of the women and their children who will attend the retreat and for all those who we will encounter.
Another matter of prayer is for the financial aspect of the trip. The cost of the trip is around $1500, and half of this will cover the airline ticket ($600-$850) and the other will cover our transportation, lodging, and food. A $200 deposit is due on July 1st, $600 due on August 1st, and then $700 is due on September 1st. Philippians 4:19 states “And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus our Lord.” I prayerfully sense God’s leading, and I am stepping out in faith and obedience trusting God to provide the necessary resources for me to go.
The following are statistics about the dire need in Guatemala as printed in my mission trip orientation book,
“Guatemala has the highest infant mortality rate in Central America and the highest rate of malnutrition in the western hemisphere. Daily, children and families are battling malnutrition, extreme poverty, and early pregnancy. In addition, abandonment is rampant. In Guatemala City, a child is abandoned every four days; 75% of these are newborns.”
My heart breaks for this country and the needs of these children and families. If you feel led to support me financially or would like to know more about my upcoming missions adventure, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org so I can share more information with you. Most of all please pray!
Responding to God with, “Here am I, send me!”
Alicia Turner Beard