Trip Team #4 Ready for Take-Off
Well, here I am again on the precipice of another trip to my favorite place on earth, Kivuruga, Rwanda. This will be my fourth trip in the past six years and I am just as excited as the first. The excitement, however, has moved from the mystery of that first trip, with a focus on “what will I see” and “how will I be changed,” to now focusing on re-uniting with friends, looking for specific areas of impact, and watching as new team members get to know these wonderful people, and see first-hand the impact we are having and the joy and gratitude they carry.
I am hoping we can provide regular updates on the website as we try to transmit our experience back through pictures and words, which hopefully Janie Pearson can receive and post (thank you, Janie). It’s never quite certain what we will experience, but we know it will be life-changing for all of us.
Thank you for your support, encouragement, prayers, and well-wishes as we once again journey to Rwanda. The team this year consists of myself, Shannon Lynch (also a member of the 2011 team), Shane Buff, Tracy Vaselaar, and Terri Bouley. We look forward to talking with all of you when we return. We hope to see you as we celebrate our impact and kick-off the Christmas season with Jason Gray, on December 5.
Don’t miss Jason Gray’s Christmas Stories Tour at the Cambridge-Isanti High School Performing Arts Center. The doors open at 6:30pm and the concert begins at 7:00. The concert, sponsored by World Vision and hosted by Our Response, will include performances by Carrollton and Jonny Diaz. Tickets are available at itickets.com. All seats are reserved for $22 with discounts available to attendees of partner churches.
Thank you to all of you who visited and/or volunteered your time at the World Vision mobile exhibit this past week. The interactive display “World Vision Experience: Follow Jesus into the Margins,” was in operation from Wednesday through Sunday via the multi-faceted semi stationed at Cambridge First Baptist’s parking lot. (Thank you, First Baptist!)
Although the numbers were not as good as we had hoped, we are grateful for the positive impact reflected in the following stats:
Adult Visitors: 199
Child Sponsorships: 15
Syrian Crisis Partnerships/Pledges: 11
One-time Donations: 7
In summary, there is now an additional $745 per month (almost $9,000 per year) being given to World Vision through the efforts of Our Response.
Follow Jesus into the Margins
World Vision’s new 20-minute mobile exhibit will arrive soon! From September 16–20, Our Response will host the World Vision Experience in the parking lot of Cambridge First Baptist Church. Though smaller in scale than Step into Africa, the purpose for this state-of-the-art truck remains the same: to bring attention to global poverty and alleviate suffering through child sponsorship. We are delighted that sponsorship will focus on the children of Kivuruga, Rwanda.
During the 8-hour shifts that the walk-through exhibit is open, volunteers will be needed to help with a number of details, such as handing out headsets. If you would like to get involved, just head on over to the volunteer sign-up site. You can also contact Steve Fredlund at email@example.com or call 651.587.5435.
And, of course, please plan to visit the truck and bring your friends and family! Tickets are free and walk-ups are welcome, but why not register for your front-of-the-line pass now for yourself and your friends right here.