Monday, December 22, 2008

News about Leslie

The Mission
Written by Renee Crane

"David and I host a group of young people at our house on Sunday nights. We have seven young adults and we have been studying the stories of the Bible. To be in this group each one of the young people is supposed to start a group of two-or-three people that they meet with on a weekly basis to tell the stories. Frances and Lydia, started a group in the workers’ houses in the tea field where they live. They now have eleven teenagers from the age 15-18 meeting every week. I meet with Frances and Lydia yesterday and in the course of the conversation they told me about this situation. They said that the place that they meet is very small, so they are packed in a single room. When the teenagers come, their younger siblings come and stand outside the door so they can hear the stories. Lydia said sometimes it is a distraction because they are begging to hear the stories. Sometimes, they get in a shuffle outside trying to get a seat closer to the door so they can hear. They were telling me that this is the only opportunity these children have for “church”!

After meeting with Lydia and Frances yesterday, I could hardly sleep last night. I woke up very early and I was so overwhelmed that I was having a hard time praying. I just keep seeing these little children pushing against the door trying to get close enough to hear. So. . . I would love to get a mission trip together to help do a day camp, holiday Bible club (vacation Bible School), call it whatever you like. These younger siblings could use a blessing! They are home alone all day and are rarely left with food while their parents literally work from sunrise to sunset in the tea fields. These children are hungry and need to be fed bread while sharing the Bread of Life. My dream is for us to give them a week that will forever be tattooed on their hearts."

Leslie's Role
Renee has asked Leslie to join this short-term mission trip to Kenya. She will be responsible for all the arts and crafts involved with the backyard Bible club/VBS. This is Leslie's first venture on a short-term, volunteer mission trip. The Baptist State Convention gives all their employees a week off each year to participate in a mission trip. It is a great benefit and one that Leslie wants to take advantage of.

The Need
This trip is scheduled for April. The ticket price alone is around $2,000. So we will need to raise at least that much. Lord willing we will be able to cover the other costs ourselves. If you would be willing to partner with Leslie through prayer or financial assistance please shoot her an email (leslieecu@yahoo.com).

Thanks so much for your involvement in our lives and in the calling that God has given us.

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