This summer we have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to Belize with our youth group for a mission trip. We have no idea what God has planned for us, but we are looking forward to it no matter what. We have been on previous mission trips where we served the poor, but this is our first international trip. While we don’t have any expectations, we hope this is a trip where we will impact the local people and show them God’s love. There are bound to be uncomfortable situations and times when we’ll just want to go home to our nice air-conditioned house and home-cooked food, but that won’t be an option. Belize is a whole different culture, where many of our standard norms and luxuries are unheard of.
Team unity will be essential to this trip, so, with that being said, we are asking you to pray for us. We ask that you start praying now, that we may act together as one team, that we may have confidence in evangelizing and sharing the love of Christ, and that we may have extra love and patience, not only with our team members but especially the local people we encounter.
Lastly, we ask for your help financially as well. The total cost of this trip is between $1,500 and $1,600 per person. Our church youth group has already completed one fundraiser, and we have three fundraisers planned for the future between now and when we leave. In addition, we hope to personally earn $400 each for this trip, through summer jobs and babysitting. Anything you are able to give will make a difference and will be much appreciated. We cannot wait to tell you all that happens on this trip in a follow-up letter later this summer. Thank you for any support you may be able to offer.