I have participated in a mission trip through Foundation over the last two years to the Dominican Republic, and I have grown so much in my faith and I have developed a much closer relationship with God. These two trips I’ve been on have made me so much more grateful for everything I am blessed with, and they have also inspired my desire to help others and encourage their relationships with God. This trip will be different than the Dominican Republic, as Africa is even more of a 3rd world country, and many of the people who live in Africa have even less than those in the Dominican Republic, yet they still are so happy and grateful for everything they are blessed with. Therefore, I feel like if I could go on this trip, I could dive even deeper into learning more about myself and everything I have to be grateful for. I was so blessed to be able to develop relationships with many of the members of my team from church and the people at Niños De La Luz, as we served alongside one another to serve the Lord and each other. Every day after the boys at Niños finished school, they would come work with us on whatever projects we needed extra help on, and it was so amazing to see how motivated they were to assist us even though our purpose there was to serve them. I would be so honored to have this same opportunity once again but this time in a different country.

I want to participate in the Tanzania trip because I want to experience new cultures, build amazing relationships, and be able to grow not only as a person but also as a Christian. Another motivation is that I want to spread my faith to others and help them find the lord as I have. I would also like to participate because I want to explore this amazing world God has built for us.

I want to go to Tanzania because I have been to Africa before and have gone on a missions trips and have had a great time! Usually when we go we build playgrounds and are usually very busy but this time it seems like we get to hang out with the kids more which sounds amazing! I feel like during the school year lately I have felt distant from God most of the time but it would be an amazing opportunity to go and renew my faith and hang out with the kids!

Hello, my name is Isaac Lloyd.

I have been given an amazing opportunity to be a part of a mission team that is going to Tanzania, Africa, March 31st – April 9th, to serve at a girl’s home run by Small Steps for Compassion in Usa River. Small Steps for Compassion is a US-based non-profit “committed to empowering individuals to transform communities through compassionate action.”  You can find out more about Small Steps at smallstepsforcompassion.org. I urge you to visit their website and see the impact they’re making in Tanzania. I will be traveling with eleven other students and four leaders from my youth group at The Shoreline Church. We will arrive in Tanzania and spend our time getting to know the staff and the young girls who live at Small Steps.  We will also be jumping in on any ongoing projects where they might need help. Small Steps also purchased an adjacent school, Steps Academy and currently has 0ver 200 co-ed students enrolled. My friends and I might even be able to play some worship music for the home or school, hopefully. However, the main focus of this trip, for our team and me, is to build relationships. We are committed to shining a light on these girls and letting them know they are loved by us and the Lord.

I will need to raise my own support for this trip and would ask that you prayerfully consider helping me to raise the $2,800 dollars, which is the full cost of this trip, including airfare, lodging, transportation, and meals, that I need to serve in Tanzania by making a tax-deductible donation to The Shoreline Church in my name.  Please also keep me and my team in your prayers as we prepare for this trip.

 

Since both Small Steps and The Shoreline Church are 501(c)3 non-profits all donations given are tax-deductible and you will receive a donation statement at the end of the year.