Bring the Siklosi's Stateside

$3,625 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 39 people in 17 months
Corbin Siklosi  LITTLETON, CO
Hello,

My name is Corbin, I am the proud oldest son of Gabor and Candy Siklosi.  I am also the oldest brother of Canaan, Chloe, and Celah.  A little more than five years ago, my family (minus myself) took a leap of faith and moved to Guatemala.  Not only did they move to one of the most impoverished countries in the world in hopes of finding solutions to the endless cycle of poverty; but they also did so with very little financial support.  They gave up everything, holding onto the idea that if Christ was right in saying that the kindgom belonged to those with no earthly possessions, then maybe they should be spending their time with these people in hopes of discovering and enriching this kingdom.  They truly demonstrated what most of us are afraid to do; step out into the unknown of reckless faith.  

Flash forward five years, to the present day.  The organization my parents established in Guatemala, Global Community Works, is still alive and well.  Through five years of hard work, people's support, and God's grace, the organization owns a coffee shop in Antigua and has been involved in numerous community development intitiates throughout all of Guatemala.  But here is when it gets tricky for people who have not been part of a non-profit or missionary organization.  Even when there is starting to be success in GCWorks, most of the profit always goes back to the people that the organization is focused on helping.  Thus, the people that have started the organization do not receive many financial benefits until many years down the road.  Ultimately, this is a true act of faith.  An act of faith that prevents my family from affording trips back to the United States.  If I've counted correctly, I believe that in the past five years, my family has come back to visit three times.  

Some of you might think that this would be easy, I mean, if you live far away you might see your family twice a year for the holidays or vacations.  In my dad's case, he will be lucky if he gets to go visit his family in Maine every other year for Christmas.  This year was supposed to be the year for him to go see his family.  But once again, like last year, my family cannot financially afford to travel back to the states.  This would be a difficult year again but I have been trying to work out a way to go visit them halfway in Mexico.  This Christmas would just be an interesting one with my direct family, in a warm place.  Then we received the bad news: my grandmother has  been diagnosed Stage 2 breast cancer.  She will be having surgery this next week to hopefully rid her body of the disease.  With a recent history of health problems, this could turn out to be a more dangerous surgery than normal for my grandmother.  As most of you know, cancer can also spread so unexpectedly, leaving the future in doubt for her health.

So, without my family's permission, I am asking for direct help.  I am asking for $3,500 to help my parents, sisters, and brother fly from Guatemala and Arkansas to Maine for Christmas.  This will cover plane tickets (around $2,500) and expenses for the rest of the trip ($1000 for food, rental car, possible lodging).  I hope to have this money raised within the next two weeks in order for the plane tickets to still be reasonably priced for the holiday travel.  Please help out my family that has sacrificed so much for other families' in the third world country of Guatemala.  It would mean so much to me to spend time with my family and for my dad to be with his mom in this time of difficulty.
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Update 5
Posted by Corbin Siklosi
16 months ago
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GoFundMe doesn't allow more than one photo at a time on these updates but here is one of my Dad and his Mom.
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Update 4
Posted by Corbin Siklosi
16 months ago
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What an incredible Siklosi Christmas! We were able to visit so many awesome places and spend quality time with family and friends. We traveled all across New England. From New Hampshire, to Vermont, to Maine and Massacusetts. My parents were able to connect with some great people in churches and coffee shops in order to continue the work of Global Community Works in the states. It was incredible to see God continue to provide for them throughout their trip here, He is good. Lastly, we spent so much quality time with each other and with my Dad's family. Here are some photos of our highlights from the trip:
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Update 3
Posted by Corbin Siklosi
17 months ago
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We have now met (and are exceeding) our goal of $3,500! A huge thank you to everyone who was involved in making this possible! We have now purchased plane tickets and reserved a rental car for the trip. Of course, any extra money donated now would be greatly appreciated and would go towards food and lodging for the two week trip.

I just also want to send out a huge thank you to those of you that have been praying for my grandmother and her surgery. She was in surgery on Tuesday and it was a success. She was sent home on Wednesday and goes into recovery for the next couple of months. We will wait for the update on the long term success of the surgery so your continued prayers would be also appreciated. Once again, we cannot thank all of you enough for your contributions. Thank you so much!
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Update 2
Posted by Corbin Siklosi
17 months ago
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Still can't believe it. This post has been shared more than 200 times! Thank you friends and family! We are now a little under $1000 away from our goal. Please continue to share my family's story with our families as we hope to reach our goal by next week in order to have plans completely set for travel.
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$3,625 of $3,500 goal

Raised by 39 people in 17 months
Created November 10, 2015
Corbin Siklosi  
$35
Baylee Michaels
17 months ago

I know the goal has already been met, but I didn't have money in my account when I wanted to give, and since I have a little in there now, they can do whatever they please with the extra!(:

MP
$50
Martha Pate
17 months ago
$150
Anonymous
17 months ago
BG
$100
Becki Garrison
17 months ago
DB
$40
Debbie Braden
17 months ago
TL
$200
Trent and Joanna Latta
17 months ago

Continued prayers for you guys!

JC
$100
Julie Cox
17 months ago
$25
Anonymous
17 months ago
GS
$200
Gretta and Ed Saunders
17 months ago

Keeping you in our prayers and wishing all of you a Merry Christmas

PD
$40
Paul Dawson
17 months ago

Been there. Ed was one of my teachers and Edwin married my wife and I. Glad to help!

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