This spring, I will be spending a lot of time planning for the NKU/South Africa Team of the Kentucky Baptist Convention’s summer leadership experience for students called Experience 1:8. Its title comes from Acts 1:8 which says, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
I had the opportunity to go on this trip as a student last summer, and this summer I am in charge of planning a trip. I have 5 students on my team, and we will be ministering through Mainstreet Baptist Church in Alexandria, KY as well as heading to South Africa for two weeks. There we will be ministering in Sweetwaters village and Tabitha Hope Center orphanage.
Sweetwaters is a Zulu village that has been hit hard by AIDS. There are a lot of child-headed households in Sweetwaters, this means that the children (anywhere from ages 5 and up) have to take care of their younger siblings. The Feeding Center gives food to the children who are the heads of their households in order to help them take care of their families. We will be putting on a Holiday Bible Club for some of the children who live in Sweetwaters.
The Tabitha Hope Center is an orphanage. All of the children are from Sweetwaters but have been at Tabitha their whole lives because they were abandoned as babies. 75% of the children there have AIDS. We will be putting on a Holiday Bible Club in the morning for younger kids, and in the afternoon for older kids (kids are age babies-11).
A third way that we will be able to serve is through the delivery of BGR Buckets of Hope into the village of Sweetwaters. Tabitha Ministries makes house visits to people in the village who have bedridden illnesses (these could range anywhere from strokes to AIDS). We will visit 3-6 homes on one or two days to deliver these buckets which have many different things to help their care-takers to take better care of their loved one. Another way we will serve these people is by presenting the gospel message to the ill person and their caretaker. Often in their culture people believe that they are sick because they have sinned, but we get to tell them that God has not forgotten them and he loves them.
I would like to ask two things of you. First, please partner with me in prayer. There are several ways that you can pray for me:
- Pray for the students on my team, that they will be spiritually prepared for a hard summer of ministry.
- Pray for the people we will encounter, that the Lord would prepare their hearts to hear the gospel message, and that we would be able to see lives eternally changed this summer.
- Pray for boldness of the students to share the gospel and the willingness of others to listen!
- Pray for the rest of our plans for the Africa portion of the trip, that things would fall into place.
- Pray for safe international travels.
- Pray for team cohesiveness, that we would be able to work together well and love each other as brothers and sisters in Christ!
Thank Him in advance for answering prayer, and for providing the funds for me to be able to follow His call on my life.
The second way that you can help me is by supporting this team monetarily. The team goal is $20,000, and so far the students have raised a little over half of this number. Since I am coordinating the trip, I have to raise at least $500 for my trip, but keep in mind that gifts of any size will help this team to thrive in doing God’s work for us, and any amount I raise over $500 will help immensely in funding the trip as a whole. I trust that The Lord knows the needs of this team, and as He provides for the flower and the sparrow He will provide for us. Will you take part in God’s Work with us?
You can give easily online at https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/MissionsNKU/CaitlnEllis. If you don’t feel comfortable donating online, checks can be made out to NKU BCM (with my name in the memo line) and sent to NKU BCM at 1 Nunn Dr, Highland Heights Ky 41099.
Gifts are tax deductible. Please print out a copy of your processed personal check for tax purposes, and if your check for support is $250.00 or more, you will receive a tax acknowledgement from the BCM for your records as required by the IRS
Thank you for praying for me as we continue on this journey, and for praying about supporting our team.
**Edited on 4/13/15 to reflect changes in my opportunities for this upcoming year. Thank you for understanding!