You guys know that I am heading back to Uganda in April to lead a HopeChest Sponsorship Trip Want to come? I figured I'd put the trip details up here and see if anyone is interested in coming or in pitching it to your ministry team at your church!! We are hoping to have 10 churches, businesses or even towns represented that are interested in possibly sponsoring an orphanage (meaning finding individual sponsors for 60-100 children and committing to building a relationship with that orphan community). Please join us in prayer! We are hoping to have most of the trip planned this month. If you think your church would be interested, email me and I can help you with more details! brandi (@) Kidslake (dot) org
Goal of the trip? The trip is for those who are interested in possibly sponsoring an orphanage or looking more deeply into the HopeChest concept We will be touring/spending time at orphanages or orphan care points that are in need of sponsors and also ones that are currently sponsored (although they will be newly sponsored so the difference won't be as vast as say. . .a year from now)
Cost of the Trip? $1300 for on ground fees. This includes visa, travel insurance, all lodging, travel and food in country. The Flights usually cost around $1700 roundtrip.
Sidenote: I thought this was high at first but watched very carefully how the money was spent and they are VERY careful. Also, if money is left over at the end, they will either use it for orphanage needs or add it to the pastoral account. They actually found out before our trip that the $1500 quote was too high and refunded money to people!
Pastoral Scholarships? We don't want money to be a reason that someone doesn't come on a trip. This is mainly because almost 100% of the pastors who come on a trip end up having their church sponsor an orphanage! So, while we want to be conservative with our pastoral scholarship money (mainly b/c we have to raise it all ourselves!) we also want to offer it when necessary! These scholarships are provided for a church decision maker. i.e. the Pastor, Missions Pastor or lay leader who can "make the call" about whether or not to proceed.
Come Along! If a church signs up to sponsor an orphanage, they are going to need a lay leader to help run the charge at their church. How about proposing to your church not only the possibility to sponsoring an orphanage, but offering to lead the charge! Might I suggest YOU coming along with your pastor or leader as well! (that is, if you aren't the pastor or leader that your church sends!)
We currently have 9 people that are planning on pitching this to their churches and others in the next couple of weeks. Please be in prayer for these girls as they meet with their leadership. We are praying that God fills this trip up in His wisdom and sovereignty. Please join us in prayer!