You may know – or may not – that Kari and I went to the Dominican Republic last summer with a team of people from our home church. On the last day, we met Noelia, a little girl with a massive smile.
She took us to her home and introduced us to her aunt, grandma, siblings, and cousins.
We were not prepared for what we heard next.
Check it out this video…
Help me give away my birthday!
In case you’re one of those I’m-going-to-skip-the-video-and-read people, here is the overview…
Kari and Noelia on the last day of our trip.
On the last day of our trip to the Dominican Republic, we met Noelia and her extended family. The year before, her father had killed her mother and is now in prison. The house she lives in – with grandma, aunt, siblings, and cousins – is about the size of the living room in most American homes and in desperate need of repair.
Some other members of our team spent the next couple months working with Children of the Nations (the ministry we work with in the DR) to see if we could raise the money, send a team, and repair – and add on to – the house.
Bottom Line: We received approval, developed a plan alongside COTN, worked out the logistics, and we are taking a couple teams of people down there for three weeks in July to build Noelia and her family a house!
Four Very Cool Opportunities for Us
The first opportunity is…well…the one we just told you about.
The second opportunity is that Kari – who has been teaching elementary school for 20 years – has been invited to work with the summer school program to teach the children and work alongside the local staff who will continue teaching when we come back to Seattle.
The third opportunity is that I will spend part of the second week working with the in-country staff of Children of the Nations doing communication, speaking, writing, and leadership training.
The fourth opportunity is that we get to bring Sarah, Caleb, and Hannah with us! Our three kids will work alongside us on the construction site as well as in the classroom with Kari.
Where You Come In
As you might imagine, the materials for the house – as well as all five of us getting down there and living for three weeks – costs quite a bit of money. $18,000 to be exact. Whether you can give $10, $100, or $1000, we CAN work together to make this happen!
We truly believe this trip will have an impact on this extended family, the teachers at the school, and the staff of Children of the Nations for years to come!
Will you help us build Noelia a house?
My birthday is a month from today. I am asking you to help me give it away!
Here is how you can help (pick your preference):
- Click here to donate online directly through our family’s Children of the Nations page. (This is ideal.)
- Call COTN to donate over the phone – (360) 698-7227
- Donate via PayPal. (This will go directly to my non-profit ministry and ALL funds given through the month of May will go to this summer’s trip.)
- Mail a check – payable to “That You May Know Ministries” (my non-profit) to PO Box 276, Kirkland, WA 98083
Help me give away my birthday!
NOTE: 100% of donations will go toward this project, are tax-deductible, and you will receive a receipt.
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