During our two years living in China, our family was blessed with many opportunities to share God's love and serve Him. One of those opportunities came in the summer of 2014 when Ben was able to volunteer for Bring Me Hope, a summer camp for orphans in China, many of whom suffer from mental and/or physical handicaps.
Now, it is 2015 and Ben has once again been called to serve at Bring Me Hope. Not only that, but Thaddeus also feels the call to this mission! Ben, Thaddeus, and a Chinese volunteer will form a "family" with 2-3 orphans who have come for a week of summer camp fun. As the volunteers and "parents" of the family, Ben and Thaddeus will care for their kids as real parents would: In big fun ways like taking them to activities, organizing group fun and first time experiences such as talent shows, dress-up, swimming, and face painting.
And, in quieter ways by feeding them, bathing those that cannot do it themselves, carrying them when they are too tired to walk, encouraging and comforting them when they are sad or upset, and tucking them into bed at night. In general, showering God's love and compassion on chronically underserved children.
Our primary goal is to raise the funds necessary for Ben and Thaddeus to fly to China and volunteer for one of the one week camp sessions during July in order to follow God's calling. Our secondary goal, and hope, is that enough funding will be raised to allow Autumn to accompany them to China and continue her mentorship of Chinese friends and families through leading a parent mentorship group with lessons & discussion groups on positive, biblical parenting and sharing with others through personal relationships.
As we are no longer living in China, the logistics are a bit more complicated. However, we trust the fact that God works everything out for His glory. This is where you come in! If God is leading you, we ask that you please help us Bring More Hope to China!
Your donation will help us cover these costs:
Ben and Thaddeus:
1. Visa's - $140 each x 2 = $280
2. Round-trip airfare = approx. $4,000 for 2 people
($2,000 per person based on current airfare searches) 3. Cost of volunteering = $1,125
($750 per adult for 1 week, $375 per child for 1 week)
4. Lost wages $855
(Due to having to take unpaid leave from work)
Total for Ben & Thaddeus: $6,260
Costs for Autumn:
1. Visa - $140
2. Round-trip airfare - approx. $2,000
Total for Ben, Thaddeus, & Autumn: $8,400
Unfortunately, we have experienced some financial hardship upon returning home and are not able to fully fund this mission. Initially it seemed as though we would be seeking 100% funding of the costs through donations. However, God has provided Ben a temporary second job and we are putting our tithe monies, 10% of our total monthly income from April - June, toward this mission trip. We are uncertain how long the temporary job will last, but we hope to be able to fund approximately $1200 of the cost of travel ourselves. We will also be covering our in-country expenses.
Should we fall short of our goal and be unable to travel to China, any funds collected will be used to sponsor orphans to attend the camp ($125/child/week). Should we exceed our funding goal of $6,260 but not reach $8,400, that money will also be used to sponsor a child/children to attend the camp. If we meet the $8,400 goal, all three of us will travel to China and serve. Monies in excess of that will be used to sponsor children to attend the camp.
We are asking for two specific things:
1. Donations enabling us to travel and volunteer in China.
2. Prayer as we fundraise and follow this mission calling.
Please consider making a donation to help us Bring More Hope to China!
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