I’m getting ready to do something I rarely ever do. I’m hesitant to do this, but I know many, many of you are looking for ways to make a difference and many of you have asked me for input and ideas on how you can make a difference.
So this week, I’m asking you to carefully and prayerfully consider opening up your hearts and your pocketbooks to make a difference in South Africa.
You all know that I’m intensely and deeply passionate about South Africa and making a difference there. I’ve had the opportunity to go there three times in the past two years and I’m already looking forward to when I can go back again (and our kids are begging that they can go with us again next trip!)
Our family feels like part of our hearts forever remain in South Africa. We love the people. We love the amazing hope that is shining forth in the midst of great need. We love the food. We love the warmth of the people. And our South African friends have become like family to us — even though so many, many miles separate us.
And in all honesty, for me personally, South Africa is like a second home. I know a number of the leaders and some of the locals, I’ve learned some of the basic Afrikaans and Tswana words, I’ve tried a lot of the South African food, I’m familiar with the location of where things are, I know some of the history and stories, the 16-hour flight to get there and back doesn’t seem crazy long anymore, I can find my way around at the stores, I can converse with the locals and understand their accent, I feel very comfortable at the Centres and interacting with the children — even if they can’t speak English, and I’m not even that scared of elephants in the wild!
You all know that this is something our family is personally very invested in. Since I went the first time, our family has had the privilege of covering the operational costs of the Take Action Ministry there. I don’t share this for any other reason than for you to know that this is a ministry our family is very personally invested in.
To have the privilege of partnering with Take Action Ministry to impact the lives of hundreds of children and adults and communities just gives me goosebumps. I love the work that God is doing in South Africa. And I love that God has given our family the opportunity to play a small part in all of it.
As I’ve blogged about our trips there and the work being done there, many of you have asked for ways you could also be involved. So today, in a very uncharacteristic fashion, I’m coming to you and prayerfully asking that you’d consider giving two one of the two opportunities this week:
- Spend $10 & Get a Printable Christmas Fun Kit — all proceeds will be donated to South Africa to help finish building a Community Centre in Maubane, South Africa. Read all about this opportunity here.
- Purchase a Power of Moms Programs For 25% Off — ALL proceeds will be donated to South Africa to help finish building a Community Centre at Maubane, South Africa. There are six difference programs to choose from and prices start at $13.50. Read more about this opportunity here.
Thank you — from the bottom of our hearts — for considering be a part of the work happening in South Africa. I can’t even begin to tell you how much it means to our family. And more importantly, your willingness to be part of this will make such a difference in so many lives on the other side of the world.
Need proof of the difference you are helping to make? Read this post. And just thank you so much! The fact that so many of you want to be involved and make a difference overwhelms and humbles me!
Interested in Going to South Africa to Serve?
If you are interested in going to South Africa to serve, there are opportunities to serve through the Abba’s Pride Kid’s Camp, the Abba’s Pride Internship Program, and through Butterfly Change for Children. I have personally met and spent time with the people involved in each of these ministries and couldn’t recommend them more highly.
These would especially be amazing opportunities for teens or young adults — or even a 6-week or 3-month mission trip as a family. If you have more questions, feel free to ask me and I’m happy to do my best to answer them or to connect you with those involved in these ministries.