Remember that little upcoming trip I was telling you about a few weeks ago??
We've had more team meetings and are learning as much as we can about the country, the kids, as well as more about each other. So that when June 22nd rolls around we are as prepared and as ready to go as we can be!
Having this dialogue is also getting us more "emotionally" prepared for what's in store.
Today, we had the pleasure of meeting this young man. His name is Daniel.
He traveled to the United States from La Paz, Bolivia to share his amazing, heartwarming and inspiring story. He spoke to our entire church this morning, during all three services.
I also had the pleasure of attending a special dinner in his honor tonight, where he shared more about his life and his role in helping other kids, just like him, kids who are just trying to survive.
below is a note that my friend Christina sent out a few weeks ago, when it was still unclear as to whether or not he would even be granted a Visa to be allowed to travel here.
Each of us have been trying to raise funds on our own, by sending out personal letters, etc...but we've also had a couple group fundraisers. First, we offered a "freewill donation" pancake breakfast at church.
We had a pretty good turnout. While I can't exactly say it went off without a hitch...we had SEVERAL hick-ups along the way, but I can say it was a COMPLETE SUCCESS!
Aside from the large rented pancake maker not working properly, and us having to improvise by hunting down several skillets, it was fine. Oh, then, the breakers kept tripping as we had so many plugged into each wall outlet. NICE! In hind-site, what a hoot man! :-)
But...despite those challenges & obstacles, I'm SO proud of our team. We worked together, didn't panic and devised a solid plan. We had a good balance of leaders and "instruction-takers"...I was proudly on the "instruction-taker" end.
Mouths got fed and at the end of the day, our customers seemed satisfied :-)
Everything happens for a reason right? I think this was just God's way of pulling our team together, telling us that not everything is going to go exactly as planned, especially over there in Bolivia. Things may be disorganized and the path unknown...you need to keep your heads up & learn to work together. And most importantly, STAY POSITIVE and keep in mind what's truly important in your heart. That's exactly what we did!
We also sold Roses at church on Mother's Day. They SOLD OUT! :-)
I still have a ways to go in reaching my personal fundraising goal...I very much appreciate those of who have already donated to this worthy cause! In addition to seeking donations, I have also taken on several "picture taker" projects, of which 100% of those funds will go directly towards my trip expenses...so that's helping! A big thanks to ALL my recent clients :-)
If you'd like to make a donation, you can give it to me directly, or there is another online option as well - just follow these simple steps below:
1) Just go to http://www.bethanyelkhorn.org/
2) click on "give" - which is in the upper right hand corner of site
3) Enter your desired amount in the "OTHER" box
4) please be sure to type my name in the "designation" field Sherri Harnisch - Kaya Children Int'l trip
That should do it! It would be helpful if you could also shoot me an email to let me know if you've made a donation on my behalf in this capacity, so that I may follow up on it properly - to ensure nothing "falls through the cracks". firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks again SOO very much for all your support...whether it be in the form of monetary support or prayer support. Please know ANY support is appreciated :-)
Thanks friends & God Bless!