I’m so excited to share that I will be traveling to South Africa in two and a half weeks with a mission team of seven people from my home church, Santa Cruz Bible. We will be serving as counselors for a racial reconciliation and leadership camp for 40 teenagers with P.L.A.Y. (Purpose. Leadership. Adventure.Youth). P.L.A.Y. was founded by local Santa Cruzan Lisa Poll (now Rind :) to raise up South Africa's future leaders and to "heal the scars caused from Apartheid". The curriculum for the camp is based on Rick Warren's, "Purpose Driven Life". What I especially appreciate about this camp is that all the kids will have a chance to hear the about the gospellove of Jesus and get baptized into His family. Click on the links below to learn more about PLAY and Lisa's story.
Some more details. We will arrive in Johannesburg on September 27th, then make our way to Pretoria for a few days of training in preparation for five days of adventure camp. The kids will spend part of the day learning about God's love and purpose for their lives and the rest of the time will be spent outdoors teambuilding. We will end the trip with a day of debrief at a wildlife preserve where we'll have the opportunity to see some of South Africa's natural beauty before we head home on October 8th.
Here's how you can help...! I am looking for Senders, people who feel called to sow into me, the SCBC Missions team, and the “eternal fruit” that WILL come from this trip. Each member of My team is raising support for the cost of their airfare ($1500) and the cost of camp lodging and food for the time that we are there ($1000), totaling $2,500 per person. In order to go, I am taking unpaid leave from my job which means, exercising my faith muscle to raise an additional $1000 to replace lost wages. This makes my personal “Sending” goal, $3,500 instead of $2,500.
If Holy Spirit is moving you to partner with Him in this work thank you and praise God! You can do so in two ways. Through your finances and/or your prayer.
GIVING - If you would like to give a financial gift you can do so in the following ways.
1. Online via GoFundMe. Make a financial gift right here through my secure GoFundMe page! (This is not tax deductible)
2. Online or by check via Santa Cruz Bible Church. This is tax deductible. See instructions below.
Via SCBC online:
-Click on this link: https://pushpay.com/g/santacruzbible?src=hpp
-Select "Other" from the "Fund" dropdown menu
-Write "South Africa Team_E.Johnson" in the Memo
Via SCBC by check:
-Make your check payable to Santa Cruz Bible Church
-Write "South Africa / Erin Johnson" in the memo
-Click on the following link to print a Support Slip. Include this with your check. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fogPsNtP-rNxkTqazPDl6W5Iz5JfsPq_/view?usp=sharing
-Send gift to Santa Cruz Bible Church at 440 Frederick Street / Santa Cruz / CA / 95060.
Please note any funds I receive above and beyond $3500 will go towards the team and/or PLAY.
PRAYER - Vital to the success of our trip is prayer. I am looking for a team of dedicated prayer partners. 14 to be exact - a different person to cover myself and our team each day that we are gone. If you are interested in this please contact me via email or text and I will send you prayer points via email. [email redacted]
Lastly, with only 2 and a half weeks before this trip, please pray for my team's fundraising success. Thank you for taking the time to read and consider how you can partner with us in making disciples and tearing down the stronghold of racism in South Africa. May God bless you back tenfold for your kingdom investment.
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