Sunday, March 06, 2011

Durban, South Africa

I have (im)patiently waited 8 years to go on another mission trip and I am thrilled to announce that I am going to Durban, South Africa this summer. My last trip was in 2002, when I built houses (the size of garden sheds) in a dirt field in Mexico. The year before that I went to the Blossom Garden Children's Home in Jamaica and saw true orphans for the first time in my life. Both of those trips changed me significantly. I am expecting no less from my trip to Durban.

We have the huge honor of helping out a local church with their street outreaches to victims of human trafficking. The sex industry is booming and that means men, women and children are being forced to prostitute themselves to stay alive.

As many of you know, I have been involved with anti-human trafficking efforts for several years here in the US. We now have the opportunity to take what we have learned and equip like-minded churches in their cities. Our desire is to bring light to the darkness and hope to the hopeless. I am humbled to be included in such an important mission.

I love that my church has a heart for the lost and broken, here and around the world. My prayer is that I will represent Jesus and Healing Place well. Please be praying that I will be a good paper plate; serving up Jesus to all who are hungry.

If you are interested in learning more about this trip you can click here to visit my Durban website. Your prayers and support are greatly appreciated. I will do my best to keep you updated as we prepare for this great adventure. All glory to God!

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At 3/13/2011 6:16 PM, Anonymous Aunt Anna said...

Donna, I am so proud to be your Aunt, You are such an inspiration.
South Africa sounds so exciting. You are always in my prayers.
Love Aunt Anna

At 3/15/2011 3:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Since the first day that your new Durban blog came on-line I have been checking it more than once a day to see if there is another donation posted since the last one. Then I check your lasted comments and I am so impressed by the way that you consistantly acknowledge each individual effort. You continue to be the real deal. Blessings to You. LB


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