Long-Term Mission Trip to South Africa

Dear friends and family,
I am excited to be able to share with you an exciting new opportunity that has arisen for me. For many years I have had a desire to go to the nations, specifically somewhere in Africa, and finally I have heard the Lord speak and say GO.
This summer I will be partnering with The Life Church of Durban in Durban, South Africa, and Pastors Greg and Kristen Evans. The Life Church reaches out to local strip clubs to minister to the women caught in that lifestyle, as well as reaching out to the community around them. I will be there for the months of August and September and will work with a few different ministries, including children’s and women’s ministries. I’m beyond excited to spend my 27th birthday doing what I was created to do, minister to others and spread the Gospel, in a land that I have only dreamed of for twenty years.
During this trip I hope to find some guidance as far as where the Lord would have me minister. Since I was very young I have felt called to full-time ministry, specifically as it pertains to missions. Several years ago my eyes were opened to the horrors of sex trafficking and ever since I have wanted to make a difference in the lives of victims of this horrible trade. While in Africa I hope to hear clear direction as far as whether or not I should work abroad or stateside, advocating for and helping women and men who have endured the horrors of the slave trade.
I ask that you please prayerfully consider a donation, both of money and a sacrifice of time in praying for the trip. As you may well imagine, this trip is not cheap; but with only 150 people being willing to donate $40, I will be able to cover living expenses as well as the plane ticket.
Thank you for your prayers, love and support as I take this leap of faith. I pray that the Lord blesses you as you help to reach out to those around the world.
Erin Gilstrap
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Erin Gilstrap 
Grovetown, GA
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