'11 Mission Trip Fund Raising

Posted by Kyle on April 5, 2011

Every year in June, I take a group of kids to Thoreau, NM and partner with Crosslands Bible Church to run Vacation Bible Schools throughout in neighborhoods there to present the Gospel to Navajo children.

This is our third year to go, and we will be partnering with a third church - Sovreign Grace Fellowship - from Nampa, Idaho. All together, we'll have about 50 people presenting the gospel at four seperate VBS's.

Since the very first year I did this, I have really come to look forward to the way God works in the lives of the kids I take and in the lives of the kids that hear the Gospel.

The mesa behind Crosslands Bible Church in Thoreau, NM. Click for more photos.

I'm going to go ahead and be brutally honest with you. The first time this trip was proposed to me, I thought it was a pretty terrible idea. More precisely, I thought it was an "historically insensitive" idea...you know, "white people talking to Indian children about Jesus".

I trusted the person that suggested it though, and we took four kids the first year. He was, after all, the pastor.

What I found there shook me. There were, in the little vacation bible school we held near a government housing project on the reservation, the least loved children I have ever met in my life. Some, as we played games, accidentally let their very literal bruises and scars show.

During prayer that week, I was convicted. God showed me that "historical sensitivity" is about as important as a bucket of spit when compared to the necessity of the Gospel in people's lives. Our brothers and sisters at Crosslands have an opportunity for us to help bring the Gospel into the lives of children (Mark 10:14), and I'm excited to jump at that opportunity again this year.

Matt Squiers, who moved to the area after doing these same types of mission trips as a teen, summed up the situation the residents of Thoreau live in best when he said that they're hopeless and lost without the Gospel. The funny thing is, we're all that way.

However, in San Angelo, there's plenty money and plenty jobs and plenty things to do for entertainment to distract us from the real state of our souls in Christ's absence. No such distraction exists in Thoreau. Over the past year and a half or so, teen suicide has been a real issue. There are very few jobs and lots of alcohol, and the kids we work with feel the effect the greatest.

The Gospel, however, is alive and well in Thoreau. There are several established churches that preach the authentic Gospel of Christ's death and resurrection, and I consider it a priviledge to call Jacob, the pastor at Crosslands, a friend and brother.

Our goal, then, is to partner with Crosslands and Sovreign Grace to share the Gospel with as many children as possible as part of Crosslands' continuing ministry in Thoreau.

Nothing happens in a vaccuum, however, and we need your help in two specific ways.

First, we need your prayer. Satan is as active in Thoreau as he is anywhere else, and we can only share the Gospel with the help of the Holy Spirit. Your prayers go further than you can ever know in helping us.

Secondly, we do need money to pay for gas to get there and feed us while we stay. Our estimate right now is that we need to raise about $3000 for the whole trip, which is chump change when you compare that to most mission trips. Even a little bit helps.

If you would like to help, fill out the contact form on the right of this page to let me know how I can contact you. I'll give you a call or shoot you an email to let you know what we need prayer for and/or how to donate.

As a bonus, you'll also get an email every day between June 24 and July 2 while we're on the trip to let you know how things are going and how you can continue to pray.

If you have any questions, feel free to fill out the contact form or leave a comment below.

For photos, check out this gallery.

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