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Dear Family & Friends,

When we think about how much we have – how we live in a free country where we can speak freely, opportunities are afforded us every day, and we lack for nothing – it is hard to fathom that there are other people who live in poverty and do not even have the basic necessities of life.  Abby and I would like to make a difference specifically in her homeland, Guatemala, by reaching out to those who are less fortunate and impacting their lives in areas they have the greatest need. 

God led Lou and I to Guatemala for the first time almost 14 years ago, when we brought David home to be part of our forever family.   Then, we returned almost 2.5 years later to pick up our daughter, Abby.  Now, it is a blessing and a privilege to have this opportunity to return to Guatemala, the land that birthed our children, and be the hands and feet of Jesus there. 

Abby has long had a desire to return to Guatemala, to see where she came from and to experience the culture.  This will be her first chance to develop a bond with her country and embrace her Guatemalan heritage. With her big heart, I know that being able to interact with and tangibly help the native people there can be life-changing – and this is my prayer for her.

From January 13-20, 2018, Abby and I will be joining a team from the Salisbury area on a global service experience to Esperanza de Vida (“Hope of Life”), an organization in Guatemala.  While we are there, we will be participating in many humanitarian projects.  We will be working in many areas of the organization including the senior center, the infant rescue hospital, the orphanage, and the food distribution warehouse.  We are excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to see what our team will accomplish during this trip!

About Esperanza de Vida   {https://www.hopeoflifeintl.org/}

Esperanza de Vida sits on top of a mountain on a 1,000 acre site.  The school has an enrollment of 500 students and is at full capacity.  In addition, Hope of Life hosts a senior citizen center, an infant rescue hospital, a special needs center, an orphanage, and family-style orphan care homes.  The warehouse facilities are large enough to allow Esperanza de Vida to provide food, clothing, and medical care to over 72,000 families throughout Guatemala as well as thousands of orphans.  The organization builds homes, churches, orphanages, hospitals, medical clinics, and training facilities throughout the country.

I am asking you to consider how you might best support us, through prayer and/or financial support.  The cost of our trip is $1,600 per person, and we are personally responsible for this amount. Together, Abby and I need to raise $3,200 to go on this mission trip.  Please know that every dollar will be going toward sending us to Guatemala.  I know there can be many demands on your finances, but consider this an investment in assisting those in need… Lou and I yearn to cultivate an attitude of service in our children, and this is a major step in giving back to a country who has blessed us personally.

If you would like to make a financial contribution in need of tax documentation, please do not use givesendgo.  Please reach out to me in a private message for the means to make a donation via check, payable to Parkway Church of God for "Guatemala Missions". Please return any donation by November 1, 2017.

Thanks for being a part of our support team.  We are looking forward to sharing our Guatemala journey with you! 

 

Sincerely,

Stephanie and Abby Brecht                                                                                           

 

 

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2017-09-22 01:53:28

Can't wait to hear how this blesses both of you as you bless the people of Guatemala!

Update 10/11/2017
October 11, 2017, 7:48 pm

An additional $1351 has come in recently for Abby's and my trip -- sent directly to Parkway Church of God (tax deduction documents for download attached in campaign).  If you are able to contribute any of the remaining $734, we would really appreciate it!  We are praying God will fulfill our needs by November 1st.  Thanks so  much for supporting us -- financially and with prayer.

Steph and Abs

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