In September, I will be joining a group of people from the area for a two week South Africa Mission Trip. The trip is sponsored by Prevention Time, a 501(c)3 organization, which sponsors AIDS prevention, orphan care, and youth development in South Africa. UNAIDS reports that South Africa has the highest rate of HIV infection in the world, with 5.7 million people infected, and 2.5 million orphans. We want to bring the message of hope to these people. It is our desire to seal off the virus from the upcoming generation. We want them to catch the vision (staying alive and living life to the fullest) and not the virus. We will be working in Tugela Ferry, in the rural Zulu province of KwaZulu-Natal, about 120 miles north of Durban. This village has a high incidence of HIV/AIDS and TB, high unemployment, and a large number of orphans and vulnerable children. Prevention Time supports a faith-based HIV/AIDS education/prevention program taught in local schools called Reach4Life©. The Reach4Life© book contains a series of Bible lessons presented in a way that is appealing to young people. The emphasis is on making wise life choices, especially with regard to sexual behavior. We will be working with this program in some schools. We'll also do some community outreach, including a kids' club, hospital and hospice visits, prison ministry, hut visits, and other outreaches. We'll take family photos, which are rare and are cherished by these people. Sometimes these may be the only photos of loved ones they will have in an area where many people are dying.
I am humbly asking for your gracious support on this Mission to help send me to South Africa. Prayer support is significant, and I ask that you pray for the team's preparation and journey there. Any financial support you are able to offer would be much appreciated as well. The $2,750 is covering my airfare, housing, and food for two weeks. Every little bit adds up, so if you are able to offer support in this way, it would be highly appreciated.
I'm extremely excited to have this opportunity to be serving and honoring God through serving and loving the people of South Africa, please help me do so! :)
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