I am excited to tell you that since I have returned from my tour of duty in Afghanistan, God has placed the opportunity for Dina (my wife) & I to go to Cochabamba, Bolivia. Cochabamba is near and dear to my heart and I am passionate about the childrens\' lives that we\'ve touched there. I have been in the past but missed the opening of the Hope Center in 2009 because we gave birth to our 3rd son. In 2010, I was in training for my deployment to Afghanistan. In 2011, I was in Afghanistan. Now 2012, I have the opportunity to return and bring my wife on her first mission trip. I am sure I could probably come up with a list of reasons why I shouldn\'t go, but I keep coming back to the one reason I should- God Loves people!
We have been trying to live that in the life we currently have. I mean it\'s easy to pray for far off places and far off people. We\'ve been trying to see our lives as a mission field, not just this trip. That\'s how I ended up in Afghanistan!
We will be going to Cochabamba, Bolivia for 10 days. From May 16th-26th, 2012. Going wasn\'t a hard decision. When it comes down to it, Jesus laid out a pretty simple religion for us, didn\'t He? Love God, love others, and love ourselves. Nope, deciding to go was easy. Paying for it however, is a real challenge.
To be honest with you, we just don\'t have $3700, laying about the house. So, instead of selling mine & Dina\'s plasma 87 times, I decided to post this letter to my friends and the public. I would love if you could financially support us on this mission trip. A little, a lot, any would be great. And if you want to know more about the trip, please let me know and I will give you a call.
We will be working with missionaries Rich & Sandee Farthing who have served in Bolivia for 20 years. One of the area of ministry is the Bolivian Hope Center (www.bolivianhopecenter.com) you see if a child\'s mother is in prison in Bolivia the child myst stay in jail with her. The government of Bolivia does not pay for their room or board so they often sleep under tarps on the yard of the prison and only eat if the mother has money in an account to pay for food. Often, the children only eat every other or every two days. We will be building our second home now!
If you could pray about the trip, that would be great. As much as God loves mission trips other people don\'t. There will be a whole host of obstacles that pop up and entangle themselves around our ankles as we prepare to go love the children of Bolivia. And knowing that you are praying would mean a lot to us.