This summer, a group of youth along with adult leaders will be going to Macedonia on a mission trip. My daughter Jessi is one of the people going. For a very long time, Jessi had talked about helping other people, especially people that live in less fortunate environments who are far from Christ. As I have watched her grow into a young adult, it is evident to me where God has gifted her... the gift of mercy, kindness and encouragement. Her gifts along with the gifts that each member of the Macedonia Team has, will definitely impact this country. What a great package God is preparing for the Roma people!!
Jessi wrote a letter describing her passion for what God is doing through her, here it is:
Dear Friends and Family,
Just recently, and after much prayer, I have finally figured out where I want to go and what I want to do with my life. That is missionary work. I want to reach the lonely, the heart broken, and the unwanted and tell them the unfailing love of Jesus Christ.
This summer I have the opportunity to go on my first mission trip. I, along with other members from my church, will be heading to the Republic of Macedonia. While there we will be working with the Roma people. The Roma live in poverty and many collect plastic and trash for their only source of income. Women in Macedonia have no rights. Once engaged a Roma woman is at the mercy of her in-laws and she is basically made a slave. She is forced to do housework and other various things until her in-laws find it fit to let her go. I have had the opportunity to see pictures of the beautiful Roma children. We will also be reaching out to them during our trip; playing with them and also teaching them simple Christian values. During our time we will also spread the name of Jesus Christ.
God has impressed this trip upon my heart. I want to go and spread the life of Christ because it is the good news of Jesus that has greatly changed my own life. I want to tell the Roma women that they have worth in Christ, tell the Roma children that they are forgiven through Christ, and tell the Roma men that they have been created in the image of a loving Savior.
I am in the process of raising money through various fundraising activities. I am also continuing to ask for donations. It really isn’t about the money; I believe truly that God will provide for me. Any support whether it is through prayer or donations is a true blessing.
All For His Glory,
In the next 4 weeks, this team is avidly trying to raise money. If you find it in your heart to support this team, please contact me via email: firstname.lastname@example.org