Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Reaching Beyond Mexico

Making a Difference
About a month ago, I received the Samaritan's Purse Christmas gift catalog in the mail. Samaritan's Purse is a non-profit organization led by Franklin Graham, Billy Graham's son. This organization seeks to shine the light of the Gospel in areas where hope is desperately needed. As I pored through the catalog, I wondered what project I would like to be a part of this year. Then the thought came to me that we, as a class, could support a project together. I prayed and pored over the catalog, asking the Lord to show me which one would be "the one." This year, there is a project in which you can be a part of building a school in a war-torn or poverty-stricken country. In these areas, children do not have the opportunity to go to school. They either do not have a school to go to or live too far away. Thus, Samaritan's Purse makes it their goal to build schools in these areas in order for children to have an opportunity to become educated individuals.

Our Goals
Last week, I shared my thoughts with my ten students, and they were excited to be a part of this project. Furthermore, this week they will be reading about the status of education around the world and will also be writing letters to their parents, which will explain the project in detail. We will also be talking with the field office and the Bible institute about joining us on this endeavor. It costs $25,000 to build a school. Our goal is to raise $250, which is about 3125 pesos. We only have three more weeks left until Christmas break, and those weeks are going to fly! Please pray for willing and receptive hearts that want to be a part of international missions and desire to give to those who have a genuine need. James tells us that "Faith without deeds is dead," and we want to demonstrate a living faith. I want my students to know and believe that they are capable of influencing others with their young faith and their willingness to shine. Thank you in advance for your thoughts and prayers concerning this project. I know that I can count on all of you.

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