I know a lot of you have supported me in the past, encouraged me, and even financed some of my crazy endeavors. Along the way we’ve gotten to see a lot of cool things happening, experience need and generosity. You all have been encouraging to me, supportive to me and even offered to partner with me in my future. I thank you for that.
But right now I am telling you all this not for me but for someone else. I have to ask this first. Have you ever believed in someone so much you see them for where they are going to be rather than where they are right now? You see their life, know their heart, and because of that you believe in them wholeheartedly before they even start doing what you know they can. Part of you is envious of them in the best kind of way because you are excited and nervous and in anticipation of their next move. I have a friend like that. Her name is Amber. This summer Amber is going to start out on a trip where she will go to 11 countries in 11 months. The trip is called the World Race and the point of the trip is to go around the world serving “the least of these” while among the “real and raw” community each country visited has to offer.
I am telling you this because Amber has been a friend of mine through my adventures, believed in me, and I can’t wait for her to go on this trip. I have fundraised before and it can be the most frustrating thing. Right now I am asking you to join with me to support Amber through our prayer, work and money. I really want this part to be clear; I make this invitation standing up, not ashamed or bowing down or sugar coated, because I really believe in what Amber is about. I really believe she has something good going, something to offer, and something exciting for us to join in on. This week Amber needs to meet her first deadline of a little over $3,000. I am already giving to her this week but overall the trip costs right around $16,000 which sounds like a lot but I believe is a small price to pay for what she’ll do, learn, who she’ll affect, and where this will take her in the long run. Whether it’s a one time deal or you want to support her for the long run with me I know as we invest our resources in this we will be happy with the outcome. This is a chance to think and live beyond yourself. I am part of this great adventure.
Here’s a little more info on the trip. Amber’s travels will take her to Romania, Ukraine, Ireland, India, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Thailand, Cambodia, and Malaysia. Here’s what that looks like…
Romania: Amber will spend time with gypsies who have been forgotten by society.
Ukraine: She will be with orphans and be involved in a society where human trafficking is an issue.
Ireland: Bring hope to a culture where alcoholism and suicide rates are high.
India: Focus on the poverty, human trafficking, forced prostitution, and religious persecution.
Sri Lanka: Experience life in the worlds third most religious country where most know works-based customs where you earn salvation.
Kenya: Orphan care and community development.
Uganda: Deal with the aftermath of The Lord’s Resistance Army who forced children to be soldiers.
Rwanda: Be in a country where genocide occurred 16 years ago (killing 800,000 people in three months) and join the fight against HIV/AIDS to help a still hurting and healing country.
Thailand: 2 million people here are being forced into prostitution, one of the most popular places for sex tourism, 600,000 people live with HIV/AIDS. Here Amber will be friends with prostitutes and care for orphans.
Cambodia: “1.5 million people here died 30 years ago at the hands of Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime”. It is another country struggling with human trafficking.
Malaysia: Develop hope to a people who understand religion to be a matter of works and self discipline.