Mission trip to Brazil

Hi friends, family and soon to be friends!
I've recently been blessed with the opportunity to join my dad (Phil) and grandfather (Linus) on a missions trip to Brazil. They are currently working for the organization GTN (global training network) and have been traveling to Uganda, South Sudan and Brazil where they are training leaders to further the kingdom of God. They have been using a four phase training program with the intent of working themselves out of a job.  In phase one they do all the training, in phase two they do most of the training but incorporate the people from phase one to participate in training phase two. In phase three they do very little of the training and the natives do most of it. Finally, in phase four they sit in the back of the training and watch as the leaders they trained in phase one completely train new leaders. Their goal is "to get in the way and then to get out of the way". Too often, Americans go into these third world countries and their hearts break for these people, rightfully so, and they end up pumping money into them but do not teach them skills to grow on their own. GTN's goal is to give these people the tools to grow up and grow out of their need for us, sort of like parenting. Good parents work themselves out of a job; good leaders create other leaders. Jesus said in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  That is our goal in these trainings. We will be leaving LAX on May 10 and will return on May 27th. All of the money raised will go to my plane ticket for this trip. All other expenses are so generously being paid for by Phil and Linus. On this trip to Brazil I will be a participant in phase 1 and co-leading phase 2 and 3. If all of you could pray for me while I'm preparing for this trip as well as praying for our team while we are there I would so appreciate it. I have no doubt that God is going to do incredible things in us and through us and I cannot wait to share all of our experiences with all of you. I will be posting on here and on Facebook while we are away so please stay updated. 
Thank you for being such a support system for me and my family. Whether you've prayed for us for years, weeks or days, thank you. Please continue to pray. 

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