19 April 2006

going to peru with my daughter

okay - you'll be seeing a lot more about this over the next several weeks in this blog, but i'm excited to announce that i'm going to be helping a missions team my daughter tori is going with from refuge (the high school ministry of healing place church) to peru to work with camino de vida (robert barriger's church) and their orphanages and other outreaches to the poor and hurting.

here's the letter tori's sending out about it:

Healing Place Church’s student ministry, Refuge, is going to Peru this summer.

My dad and I are part of a team that will be in Lima from July 16 through July 24, working with Jordan Durso and the minstry at Camino de Vida (Robert Barriger’s church).

Some of the ministry opportunities we’ll have will be visiting children’s homes and shelters for abused women, doing street evangelism, and helping serve at a soup kitchen.

My family has been a part of missions enough to understand that there are two things that we need to make this trip what it needs to be. First we’ll need a ton of prayer support. Your prayer will open the doors for us to show God’s love to hurting people.

We also need financial support. The cost of the trip is $2,000 per person, so we need to raise $4,000 (the first part of it is due April 30).

Please keep us in your prayers, and if you are able to help with the financial support, here’s how:

You can give online through the Childrens’ Cup’s website, www.childrenscup.org and select "Tori Ohlerking - Peru" in the designation box.
You can send a check payable to: Children’s Cup, P.O. Box 400, Prairieville, LA 70769 - be sure to designate your check for “Tori Ohlerking - Peru.”

Thank you for helping me be a part of this missions trip.

tori's fifteen and she's been to africa with us as a family a few times, but this will bring a lot of new challenges for her (and me). she's got to raise her own support for the trip. and $2000 per person is not a small enough amount that we can just write a check if we don't raise the funds. so there's a lot of growing in faith that we'll both be doing. but God's not short on ways to fund the project. If He's sending us, He's got the resources ready to make the way.

i do want to ask all of you (whether you can help financially or not) to pray for us starting today. pray that we'll be ready to do the absolute most we can for the people in peru that we encounter. pray that the funds will be there when they need to be. pray that we have safe travel and stay healthy while we're there. and pray for the rest of our family while we're away.

your prayers are the greatest support we could ask you for.

thanks! we'll keep you up to date on developments as they happen.


Stacie said...

I can only imagine how proud you and Vicky must be of Tori. I remember one VBS, your mom was leading the closing prayer on Friday after the kids had donated the money raised over the week for CHildren's Cup and she asked for anyone who felt a tug on their heart for missions to raise their hands. As little hands began to raise throughout the sanctuary (ore than you would think), she began to weep. How touched she and your dad must be that Tori is sharing their heart for the lost in other countries. You guys have raised a beautiful, giving, soft-hearted, young-lady. I will be praying for you and Tori that this trip will be a blessing for both the people you encounter and the two of you. You and Vicky keep doing what you are doing because it sure seems to be working.

Jean Ohlerking said...

you both have our support!
pop & meemaw

FeatherIron said...

My first thought when I read this was of all the Orphan's in Peru, Tommy and Ammie Poche have brought that front and center with the six they adopted. I know right now we cant adopt again, and honestly I keep waiting for one of your family members in Africa to come home and say "Carole we have a baby for you". Yea, I know, that would be a miracle but crazier things have happened :-) Anyway, I think it's great great that ya'll are going together. I hope one day to take my kids to Africa, I know it would change them forever.

BTW, I posted on my blog about my meeting yesterday with Edwin. Thanks for giving him my life group idea.

Cajun Tiger said...

I'm off to the Children's Cup site right now!!!