Mission Trip: Orphanage in Cape Town, SA

Hey! This page is an opportunity to directly impact the lives of many underprivileged, neglected, and often abused children in the orphanages in and surrounding Cape Town, South Africa. Im Aaron Shaffer, a 19 year old college student at the University of Tennessee! I have always had a passion for helping others and began a street ministry in Knoxville, Tennessee titled "OutReach Christian Ministries with my father in 2010. This experience was a blessing beyond belief. Quickly, we experienced our offerings of food, clothing and prayer was only a by-product of the amazing transformations God was making in our hearts and lives. Due to local food distribution laws as well as crowd management efforts by the city of Knoxville, this ministry disbanded. Soon after, I had many conversations with God asking for guidance on where to go next and how to make an impact. Through praying it has become unmistakably clear God is sending me out into the world to spread His Love, and His Word. Reading the verse, "And he said unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." (Matthew 4:19) After more prayer, God spoke to me, blessing me with a strong message to go to Africa to do His work. I am ecstatic at this opportunity. I know God has a plan, and all will be to His glory.
I will be volunteering with a non-profit organization known as GVI (Global Vision International) in Cape Town, South Africa, beginning September 7th, 2013. For a period of four weeks I will be working in an orphanage doing child care in addition to educational development. I will be spending my days loving on these abandoned and often abused children, while sharing with the story and love of Jesus Christ. The desire to serve others has been a large part of my life from a young age. Now having the opportunity to pursue these convictions in the name of our Lord, through answered prayer is the biggest blessing of all.
As mentioned before, I wanted to include you in on this unique opportunity. As you can imagine, the costs of going abroad to spread the incredible news of Jesus is far from cheap and I need your help. Any kind of help is greatly appreciated, in the form of donated clothes, books for children, advice, of course financial support/donations, encouraging words, and fund-raising opportunities. The most important contribution I ask of you is through prayer so this journey may be safe and lives will be transformed.
Thank you so much for your thoughts and support as I begin this new chapter of my life. I cannot wait to let you know how my trip was and share God's blessings. I pray one day I can be someone you come to for support!
God Bless,
Aaron Russell Shaffer
":As for me, and my house, we will serve the Lord" Joshua 24:15
PS: I will include my personal email, as well as my personal cell phone at the bottom of the page to aid in any verification or communication you desire! Thanks again!
email: [email redacted]
cell: [phone redacted]
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Aaron Shaffer 
Maryville, TN
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