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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Having just graduated high school, I plan to take a gap year before attending college. My gap year will be spent in Cebu, Philippines living with the brothers of The Community of Saint John and participating in a program called The School of Life (SoL).
The School of Life pillars are: fraternal life, prayer, classes/training, and mission work. Each pillar is intended to build up the next generation of leaders in the Church. Community life teaches the virtue of selflessness, prayer life illumines where God desires us to serve, classes and training equip us to proclaim a compelling gospel, and the missions bring Christ to those we serve. SoL missionaries are young adults, men and women, aged 18-35 and come from all around the world. The brothers of the Community of Saint John who run the program focus on evangelistic outreach, particularly to youth.
The work I will be doing includes: catechism to children, visits to the “Operation Second chance” (Minor’s jail of Cebu city), ITpark mission (sidewalk evangelization), FIAT, retreats run by the missionaries, and youth ministry. The witness of young adults teaching and serving with passion for Christ will hopefully build the Church of the Philippines, inspiring others to follow God’s call in their lives. In addition, I believe this program will prepare me well for my studies at the Bishop Simon Brute Seminary in Indianapolis, IN which will begin in the Fall of 2020.
The first, and most important thing, you can give me right now is your prayers. I humbly request that you would keep me in your prayers over the next year as I seek to follow God’s call in my life. The second way you can support me is through your monetary support. I need to raise $4,500 to cover the cost of room and board, travel costs, visa extensions, and personal expenses. Thank you for your generoity and willingness to support me in this. I will grateful for any donation you can make. If you have any questions or concerns feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 937.259.4692.
To see more of SoL: https://www.facebook.com/solstjohncebu/
To know more about the Community of Saint John: http://csjohn.org/
May God bless you and keep you in his peace. You will all be in my prayers as I hope I will be in yours.