Comments for a Cause results from the past month and introduce a new cause. So, first thing first, in the month of March I had 51 comments, equaling $25.50 to the North Central Iowa Ag in the Classroom program! I am so happy that I'll be able to make this donation to such a great organization working so hard to increase agriculture awareness and literacy to over 9,000 students in North Iowa annually.
Now, for April's cause! I am happy to announce that in the month of April I will be donating $0.50 for every comment to help support our friends, Matt & Jantina, on their upcoming mission trip with their church, Prairie Ridge, to Honduras. Every time I have been on a mission trip I have received so much wholeness, joy and love from the experience and from God. I think Matt and Jantina are amazing people and parents, and that is why I wanted to support their mission trip with four of their children this summer. This is what Jantina shared about their mission trip:
In July, most of my family will be traveling to Honduras as part of a short term mission trip. We will be staying at the Honduras Children's Home and will be serving alongside them for a week doing things like painting, serving meals, loving on children, playing games, Vacation Bible School (VBS) and general outreach. Honduras is on of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere! The country is about the size of Tennessee and has around 7.9 million people. Approximately 64.5% of the people live below the poverty line.
About Honduras Children's Home: The Children's Home currently houses 15 children, ages 5-17. They all attend public school, share in the chores around the grounds and participate in daily Bible stories. The children do their homework and house chores before participating in their favorite activities, playing in the playground or on the soccer field. They have a number of buildings on the property and God blessed them with their own church building, which was finished in January 2008. The building is used for worship and fellowship, as a cafeteria for the people who live there, as well as for the popular feeding program. It also serves as a clinic for our annual medical/dental team visits. The school building, which doubles as Sunday school classrooms, was completed in 2012 and has an office, six classrooms, girls and boys bathrooms, and a garden for the children to maintain. Lastly, they have their own water well. The well system stretches 195 feet underground and has an output of 50 gallons of water per minute.
Asking for financial support is difficult. As a family we do not believe in any free rides, so we take this trip and our fundraising efforts very seriously. And yet, God reminds me time and time again, that we are a body. While we are called to travel and do action, He is preparing the way and calling others to give prayers and financially. And frankly, to stand in the way of God, because I am prideful and want to take on the risks myself, well, it just seems foolish.
We are humbled and thankful to be featured as the Comments for a Cause for April. To be chosen among the many great groups and organizations that you highlight is truly an honor. Thank you.
If you feel led to give toward support of this trip, you can make your checks out to Prairie Ridge Church and mail them to the church with an accompanying note explaining for whom the funds are given and that it is for the July Honduras Trip. The church address is: Prairie Ridge Church, Attn: Dan S., 825 NW 36th Street, Ankeny, IA 50023. Or access our gofundme site. As of the end of March we have $800 left to raise.
So be sure to Comment for a Cause this month to help this family and their church's mission efforts in Honduras. Also, be sure to check out Jantina's blog as she write beautiful, heartfelt posts on parenting, fostering, adoption, her family's faith journey, and life in general!
Have you ever participated in a Mission Trip? Where did you go? What feelings did you feel while on the mission and afterwards?