Dear Family and Friends,
I want to share a challenging ministry opportunity God has given me. On October 6, 2013, I will be departing on a mission trip to Phnom Penh, Cambodia for 11 days with a group from Rescue Her. We will be going to minister to the young girls in the She Home who have been rescued out of human trafficking, and to assist the missionaries and workers to share the Gospel and show the love of Jesus Christ.
My trip is actually two fold. I will also be visiting A Greater Hope Orphanage located in the remote and rural Takeo Province which is located approximately 90 minutes from Cambodia’s capital city of Phnom Penh. My purpose there will be to visit the young girl I sponsor. Her name is Rashana, and she’s 16 years old. Were it not for such a place as A Greater Hope Orphanage, she would be at risk for human trafficking along with all the other children who call this place their home.
Human trafficking has many facets, and two of the most important are prevention and rescue. This trip encompasses both. I am considering this trip as not only an outreach to impact the children (some as young as 4) for Christ but also an opportunity for me to grow in the area and work God has called me to. I am looking forward to the challenges that taking a step of faith will bring and also the rewards in spiritual growth. But it is the opportunity to serve others for our Lord Jesus Christ that really excites me and offers me the greatest joy.
Our areas of ministry will be: showing and teaching about God’s love, doing arts and crafts with the children, telling Bible stories with props, devotions, praise and worship, playing volleyball with the children, discipleship with parents of rescued children, food and water distribution in Toul Tom Pong dump. Other opportunities include learning about the trafficked girl’s vocational program.
I am grateful for the opportunity to serve and minister and I ask you to join me in this ministry opportunity. My greatest need is your prayer support but if the Lord leads you to assist with this mission trip, I would ask that you forward any donation in the form of check or money order payable to Maria Vertes or into the account that has been set up specifically for this mission. The trip is being funded entirely through donations.
I have attached a breakdown of the costs involved along with the banking information.
I thank you in advance for your prayers and your financial support. May God bless you richly!
In His Service,
$1000.00: This money includes my stay, translators, transportation in Cambodia, ministry give away items (such as rice for home visits), use of cell phone while in country, Rescue Her team t-shirt, SHE Rescue shirt, traditional Cambodian genie pants, bag, and Rescue Her wristbands. A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 is due when my application is approved (it has been approved). The remaining $500.00 is due by September 1, 2013.
$1600.00 Average cost of airfare from most major US cities (if traveling with team)
*RescueHer.org has given us the option to purchase our own airline tickets if we are not set on traveling with them out of Texas. I have found some cheaper airfare flying out of either LAX or SFO, and this is what I would prefer.
If you would like information on the organization I am traveling with, please visit their website at www.rescueher.org