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Today’s post is written by Jessica Wojcik, who will be heading to Ecuador on a mission trip this summer.
heard the Lord asking, “Whom should I send as a messenger to this people? Who will go for us?” I said, “Here I am. Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8, NLT)
During this past Sunday’s worship service, I had the privilege to share a bit about the opportunity I have this summer to go on a mission’s trip to Quito, Ecuador with the Christian non-profit ministry Visiting Orphans. To be honest, this is a HUGE step of faith for me. While I have participated in missions work before, I’ve never had to rely so fully on God to lead and guide me every step of the way as I feel I am doing with this trip. God is teaching me and showing me so much about trusting Him and giving Him control of my life. And As I reflect over the past several months and year, I cannot help but be in awe of how God changed my heart from a place of saying “No” to telling Him, “I will go”.
To give you a little insight into the organization I am going with, Visiting Orphans was birthed out the World Adoption Association about seven years ago as a way to better care for orphans around the world. This ministry sends teams throughout the year to over 15 countries, calling people to simply “Go…Be…Love” to the hurt, broken and less fortunate all around us. The Bible says in James 1:27, “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress…” (NLT) and Visiting Orphans mission is empower people to do just that.
I will be leaving on my mission’s trip on July 27th and returning August 4th. While in Ecuador my team will be working with Maria Campi de Yoder Orphanage, as well as venturing outside of Quito to visit some new orphanage partners and ministering to kids there who don’t get many visitors. We will be leading VBS type services, as well as working on construction projects and most importantly loving on these precious children with the Love of Christ.
I am writing to ask you to partner with me on this trip by praying, encouraging, and financially supporting me. Please pray that our team will have unity, that our travels will be safe and we’ll remain healthy. Pray also that God will teach me more about Himself and especially pray that we’ll be able to communicate God’s love to the Children we meet.
The cost for me to attend this trip is $2500. This includes all my travel, lodging, meals and translators. Once I’ve reached my goal, any additional money raised on my behalf will go towards a donation to the orphanage we will be working with. Will you join me on this journey through your prayers and/or through a financial contribution? All gifts are tax deductible and can be made by making a check out to “NewLife Christian Fellowship” with “Ecuador Missions Trip” in memo line or by going online to www.visitingorphans.org. (Click “donate”. Then under the “funding category” select “Ecuador –July 2012”. Enter how much you’d like to donate, and then where it says, “Would you like to preference this donation toward the work of a specific team member or ministry?” click “team member or ministry name” and enter my name, Jessica Wojcik, to complete the donation page). I am truly thankful for any and all support you can provide as I step out even more in this faith journey.
In closing, I leave you with this last thought from Matthew Chapter 25:31-40: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me. Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!”
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