Dear friends and family,
Howdy! I hope that everything has been fantastic for each of you! Tyler and I have been doing great. He is still working for a therapist in Madisonville and I will be graduating from Blinn Dental Hygiene school in May! I am beyond blessed to be starting my career in a field that I absolutely love and one that I am so passionate about! Tyler, Beaux Jangles, Izzy, and I are so happy to call Aggieland home and plan on staying here after I graduate. (We have really fallen in love with the area!) The Lord has been doing some incredible work in our lives!
I am writing to share with you the opportunity God has put in my heart that will allow me to use the gifts He has graced me with. From June 1 through June 29, I will be going to an orphanage in the community of Bulembu with other Dental Hygienists and Dentists. Bulembu is on the border that separates South Africa from Swaziland. In this community, hundreds of children have been orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. During this 4 week trip, we will be assessing and treating the children, teachers, and house mothers. Many of these children have never had any form of dental treatment before and we are so excited to help in any way we can! We will get to spend a lot of time cleaning teeth and teaching the children and housemothers how to take care of them so they can continue to stay healthy after we leave. Other than dental work, we will be helping children with school work, playing games with them, and leading bible studies. I believe this opportunity will be a huge blessing to the people in Bulembu, but I also know this opportunity will bring me closer to the Lord and teach me so much more! I feel like the Lord has blessed me so much in the past several years and now it is my chance to finally give back and give Him all the glory!
I would first like to ask for your prayers for safety as we make this very long trip and that our team can really make a difference. I would also ask that you pray for my team as a whole and that we grow closer to our Lord! If you feel like God has placed an interest in your heart to help me fund this trip, that would be amazing as well! The cost of the trip, which covers my transportation, housing, and meals, is $3,000. If you would like to financially support me, I would be so very grateful! My first financial deadline is February 24th and the final deadline for the full amount is May 19th. All donations are tax deductible and checks can be made out to Grace Bible Church (my name cannot be on the check).
I appreciate any and all forms of support and cannot wait to share this experience with all of you! Please feel free to contact me with any questions! Also, please add Tyler to your prayer list since he will be supporting me from the States! J
- The Shepperd's
- Menchaca Family
- Lori Stover
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