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Dear Congregation,

This summer, twenty people from our church will serve—alongside dozens of other people from all over the country—on a short-term mission trip to Haiti with Lifetree Adventures. And take my word for it: this is no ordinary mission trip!

Each day, all day, we will work alongside local missionaries to help rebuild what was lost or damaged in the tragic Haiti earthquake almost two years ago. Over 222,000 people were killed in the earthquake and thousands and thousands of people are still living in tents now. We have a chance to help repair, build, and bring hope to many hurting people through this service in Christ’s name.

Yes, we will sweat. We will work long and hard for an entire week. And we can’t wait to do it! It will be an adventure and we know many blessings are ahead.

We are actually excited about giving our time and effort in Christ-like service … but not all of us can handle the financial cost of this life-changing trip. That’s why we are contacting you.

Will you help? Although we have several fundraisers planned for January through April, when our bills are due, the financial donations of individuals and families are our most substantial contributions so far.

Will you donate a few (or a few hundred!) dollars toward the cost of this mission trip? We need to raise about $1,500 per person to cover all of the expenses (including our flight down to Haiti), and anything you can give is appreciated. Your donation will empower people to become ambassadors, sharing Christ’s love in joyful service to others.

Thanks so much for considering this request. We are so thankful that many in our church share our heart for missions abroad.

Gratefully yours,
The Haiti Mission Group

P.S. Please send your donation to Saint John‘s with “Haiti Mission Trip” in the memo line or on the envelope. We need to turn in all funds in early April, so your prompt response is appreciated. Thanks!

“Hesed” is a Hebrew word that means “kindness”, “mercy”, “loyalty”, “loving-kindness” or “steadfastness.” It’s the way God intends us to live together—a “love your neighbor as yourself”, active, selfless, sacrificial, caring-for-one-another brand of living contradictory to our fallen natures. The “Heseders” are continually looking to work together to share some small measure of God’s extraordinary love. Won’t you join us?