In Proverbs chapter 13 we read: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (verse 12). And in verse 19: “A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul . . .”
My upcoming mission trip to serve orphans and their caretakers in Vladimir, Russia is a longing I have had in my heart for several years. The following is the support letter I have written and I want to share it here with you for any of you who may want to partner with me as I move forward in faith toward the reality of this longing fulfilled and the opportunity to serve these precious people.
Dear family & friends,
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to serve orphans in Vladimir, Russia with a Boaz Project team this coming December.
Along with the rest of the team, my friend Connie and I plan to bring Christmas gifts to orphanage and foster home children and shower them with God’s love, along with their caretakers!
I’ve followed Boaz Project for years and this particular mission trip has been on my heart for a long while. The Boaz Project, Inc. is a non-profit that serves the physical, spiritual and emotional needs of orphans around the world!
It’s so exciting to be actually planning to go after all this time. One thing that makes this trip special to me is returning to the town where I first met my youngest son, Alexander.
I remember feeling very at ease and very much “at home” in Vladimir (much different than I had felt in Moscow). Though his orphanage was impoverished, the genuine care and compassion was evident. Aside from the language Vladimir would fit right in if the whole town was transported home with me and could have been another quaint, sleepy little town in my home state of Alabama!
Let me be frank, I do NOT enjoy air travel! But I’m willing to grin and bear it. (smile) Though the trip seems distant and off in the future, I know it will be here lickety split!
In order to make this trip a reality, in addition to preliminary costs like passport renewal, etc.,
I will need:
$1300 estimated airfare
$860 (first part of in-country cost by 10/4/19)
$859 (estimated second part of in-country cost by 11/1/19)
The mission trip is planned for December 7 – 15, 2019
In addition to monetary support, your prayer support for me and the entire mission team plus the children and caretakers we’ll be visiting is much appreciated!!
Here are some suggestions on how you can pray specifically:
- Pray that God will open the hearts of the children;
- Pray for unity and cooperation among team members;
- Pray for my heart — that I will be open to whatever he has for me to learn.
And if you feel the Lord leading you to join me in ministry by supporting me financially,
please make a check payable to The Boaz Project, Inc. Please be sure to send the enclosed response card with the check to: [See link for online donations below.]
The Boaz Project, Inc.,
P.O. Box 47188
Indianapolis, IN 46247-0188
You may also donate towards my orphan mission trip online! Visit https://www.boazproject.org/donate/baggett/.
I leave you with the following verses:
“But God will never forget the needy; the hope of the afflicted will never perish.”
“But you, God, see the trouble of the afflicted; you consider their grief and take it in hand. The victims commit themselves to you; you are the helper of the fatherless.”
So I invite you to join me in bringing hope and help to the afflicted, the fatherless, the orphan children who need to know that God is for them.
Thank you so much!
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