Quick update on our progress. Some members of our Douglas County crew leave in 10 days to head east! The Boys of First will be joining them in Thailand on November 8th. From there we head to Siem Reap Cambodia and on to Battambang City to our work site. We can't beleive how fast this is coming up. People always say that there are certain things in your life that you experience that will change you forever. We are confident that this mission trip will be one of those things. It is hard to express the gratitude we have for all of you who have been praying for us and who continue to support us as we finalize our trip. 20 days! Cambodia here we come :)
Reality has set in. In less than a month we will be leaving MN and travelling 1/2 way around the world to join 200+ other volunteers in Cambodia. A BIG THANK YOU to all the people who have donated and prayed for us. We really appreciate all of you thinking of us and supprting us on this mission.
First Lutheran has adopted a them for this year's programming. It Is Deep and Wide. Growing Deeper in our relationships with God, Congregation, Community,and the world. Reaching Wider with our hearts and our faith with God, Congregation, Community, and World. This mission trip with Habitat International is a tangible experience directly tied to this theme. If helping others, while sharing our faith, isn't growing deeper and reaching wider in the world I am not sure what is. The Boys of First feel blessed to have this opportunity to share our passion for Christ and our love for our neighbors on a global scale. When we were called to join this group we knew the impact it would make on those we are helping. We never completely realized the impact it would make on us. Just reading books about the atrocities that have happened in Cambodia, and the suffereing that continues today makes you pause. We live in a plentiful nation with an abundance of wealth and opportunity. Giving hope, and more importantly a new home founded in faith and built with love, to these people will forever change how we perceive the world and our part in it.
Please continue to pray for us as we get ready to depart for our journey, and if you feel called to donate to help with the costs....Thank you.
The Boys of First
Exactly 50 days until we head over the Pacific to Cambodia for the habitat Big Build. We are so excited to be joining the 200 people from all over the world that are participating in this wonderful mission. Flights are booked, hotoels are booked, passports are up to date, vaccines are scheduled. All we need know is for all of you to pray for us and also think about donating to this great mission. We appreciate all of your support.
It has been a busy past couple of weeks! Many of our 9 person team met to work on travel plans for our trip. We have booked airfare, a couple hotels, and even one fun excursion to Angor Wat (the largest religious temple complex in the world). The next step for all three of the Boys is to get immunizations and vaccines current. It is hard to believe that we leave in just 68 days.
We are really looking for your support with prayer and financial backing. Please consider donating to help offset some of the programming and travel costs associated with this trip. We feel called to this mission and are extremely excited to serve with Habitat International. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
The Boys of First.
Wow! It has been quite the whirlwind of activity the past few days. Last week we found out that 6 more people are joining our group ( Douglas County Habitat) on our journey. On Friday we found flights to Thailand that were cheaper than anything we had seen in the past month and all of us booked our flights within 30 minutes of eachother. Even though this trip is still 85 days away we are in serious planning mode.
People have asked about our fundraising goal. The total cost of this trip is going to be around $15,000 for the three of us plus spending money and incedentals. We have pledged to cover 1/2 of that on our own and are hoping with this campaign to raise the other 1/2. This would help offset program costs, flight and hotel fees.
When we decided to jump on this opportunity to serve others and build homes in Cambodia we knew it was going to be an amazing experience. Like our profiles say we feel called to help these people, just like we are called to help in our own communities. Hopefully we make our goal prior to leaving for our trip.
Thank you to the genreous donors who have already contributed! God Bless You.
The Boys of First
Our Douglas County Team is up to 9 people! Look for more updates to come!