Dear Friends and Family,
I wanted to share some exciting news with you! Eastside Christian Church has planned a global compassion trip for this coming summer and I will be serving as part of the team! I will be traveling to the Mathare Valley Slums in Nairobi, Kenya, June 20 - July 2, 2018 where we will be bringing food to families, rebuilding homes, bringing gifts of solar lights, caring for the sick, and bringing joy through children's activities.
About 4-5 years ago, Eastside's pastor Gene Appel shared about his first experience visiting the Mathare Valley. Describing the poverty, sickness, and living conditions there, he said, "It wrecked me." Those words had a powerful impact on this Gene (me). I have always felt compassion for people suffering throughout the world. But the words "It wrecked me" sounded as if they came from God Himself--our Heavenly Father suffering with, and not just for, his children. From that day, I felt an urging to enter into God's heart of compassion more deeply, to be with his suffering children not just in theory, but to give of myself besides my prayers and finances. This year I felt the urging so strongly that I believed it was a call from God to apply for the team from Eastside that would be going to Mathare this summer. My application has been accepted, and I feel blessed to have this incredible opportunity to help others. I also know there is a lot of work ahead as we begin to prepare. I could use your help!
First, I would be honored if you would pray for us…for preparation, for our journey, our ministry and for the spiritual battles surely ahead. Secondly, I'd like to know if you would contribute to the work we are doing by covering part of the cost of the trip.
Each team member has been entrusted with raising an equal share of the total cost to send us. The amount I must personally raise is $2,900 and it is due by June 10, 2018. If you wish to partner with me in this ministry please click on the “GIVE NOW” button to donate. (There is an option to cover the cost of the credit card fee that you can opt out of if you prefer.) Or if you prefer to give a check or cash donation you can make your check payable to “Eastside Christian Church” and note my name and "Kenya Mathare 2018" in the memo line and mail/bring it to the address below. Contributions to our project are tax-deductible.
You're very important to me. Thank you for considering being a part of my team. If you have any questions I’d love the opportunity to tell you more so just call, text or email me!
-Gene Hartman (firstname.lastname@example.org, 714-926-4622)
*All donations are given to Eastside Christian Church and a tax-deductible statement will be issued to you at the end of the year. Contributions are made and received with the understanding that Eastside Christian Church has complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds; they may be used for other participants, other mission trip expenses, or for future mission trips. No refunds will be issued to participants or donors.
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