In November of 2011, God gave me the opportunity to become involved with a small 501c3 here in Lancaster called C.H.A.P. (Christian Humanitarian Assistance Program) International who's main focus is in Liberia, Africa.
Since CHAP was founded in 2002, it has been providing aid to Liberia, who in 2003 ended a 14 yearlong civil war. The country had been striped of any worth or pride it could've had, and was left with a people who were hurting, hungry, and in need of compassion. Since June of 2011, CHAP has been sponsoring an orphanage called the Liberian Christian Mission Orphanage in Careysburg, Liberia, about 45 minutes from the capital city of Monrovia. It is CHAP's heartbeat and mission to show the love of Christ through empowering the poorest of the poor in Liberia, Africa to embrace Christian principles, provide basic provisions for themselves and their families, and have a positive impact on their neighbors and communities. Through our "Feed A Child" Program with LCMO, and a newly formed partnership with another organization called Orphan Relief Network (orphanreliefnetwork.org) we are able to provide LCMO with food and basic toiletry items like soap and toothpaste, training for their staff to educate the children properly, and a small stipend for the couple that manages the orphanage. We believe that the 70 beautiful children that live there are apart of the future of Liberia and restoring the great continent of Africa.
Last February I was able to go on a weeklong missions trip to Liberia and visit LCMO. Meeting all the children was one of the most incredible experiences I've ever had in my life, and one that I think about every day. In June 2013, CHAP is going back to Liberia for another missions trip, and I plan to go along! But I cannot do it alone. That is why I am asking you to partner with me not only in prayer, but to consider donating towards my mission with CHAP serving the poorest of the poor in one of the most devastating countries in Africa.
The trip will be from June 8th through the 16th. The trip will include running a Vacation Bible School for the children at LCMO, teaching basic skills like sewing, gardening, and carpentry, doing reconstructive work on the orphanage like painting and fixing the roof of any leaks, etc, and doing street ministry in the capital city of Monrovia. I will be traveling with a team of about 10 other individuals.The cost of the trip will be $3,535. The breakdown of expenses is as follows: $1,950 of that being the plane ticket, $135 for travelers insurance and an insurance copay in case I travel to the hospital while I'm there, $950 for the projects our team will complete while we're there (which I talked about above,) and for in-country travel costs (gas is very expensive there), $500 for security ($20), food ($200), accommodations ($180), and any other additional costs the team may need while we're there ($100.) 50% of my trip cost was due March 24th, and 100% is due by April 21st. So far I have in $1,445. So this leaves $2,090 that I am still in need of!!!
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