the other side of the planet is a long way from here
The Time: May 7-18 2018
The Place: Rustenburg, South Africa
The Cost: $2000 (airfare dependent)
Applications Due: December 1st
The other side of the planet is a long way from here.
But some stories are so significant they demand a response from us. We think we've found some of the most important stories on the planet >> and we think you should consider doing whatever it takes to be a part of them.
More than 6.1 million people are living with HIV and AIDS in South Africa > nearly 18% of the population. That's the highest number of people in any country. What that produces in the lives of children is devastating. It's estimated that there are more than 2 million children currently orphaned because their parents died of AIDS. Again, the highest of any country in the world.
MORE THAN NUMBERS
These are all just staggering numbers until you push one of them on a swing - until you look into their eyes & see the desperation - until you know their story & their name.
We've met some of these kids. We've had the privilege of helping feed them, we've played with them, laughed with them, cried for them, worked for them & prayed with them. It's hard to imagine a group of kids more vulnerable.
The struggle is so big, so overwhelming that it'd be easy to say, "we can't do enough to really make a difference." In fact, that's what a lot of people say. We feel like there has to be a better response.
DO FOR ONE, WHAT YOU WISH YOU COULD DO FOR EVERYONE
Even the smallest stories are significant > we'll do for some what we wish we could do for everyone.
We're planning to go back this May for our 4th trip. In the past we've built them a playground (watched some kids swing & go down a slide for the very first time), built a home for some of the kids to stay in, & helped feed up to 80 kids a day.
This year we hope to do more of the same. Give where it's needed most.
GO. GIVE. PRAY.
Pray for the kids of South Africa. Pray about going to help or helping some of your friends who'll go. Expect to be a part of this story. Expect to be wrecked. Expect to be generous.
It's rare. It's powerful. It's right.