One of the most important things in my life to feel like I’m helping make a difference in the lives of other people. It may not be earth-shattering changes on a daily basis – it may be as simple as holding a door or elevator for someone, or smiling and saying hello. You never know what those little things mean to someone.
This summer I have the opportunity to go to the Dominican Republic with our church’s youth group. Lord willing we’ll be making huge impacts on the lives of those in the Jarabacoa area. Not only will we be teaching Vacation Bible School to the kids in the local villages and helping to make much-needed repairs to homes, but we’ll be taking the gift of CLEAN WATER in the form of water filters for families! Much of the underlying issues of disease and death are linked back to dirty water! Many people get their drinking water from the rivers where they, as well as animals, bathe! These filters will be taken into homes that have been pre-screened. The homeowners will be responsible for providing a 5-gallon bucket and we’ll install the water filter while sharing that like the filter removes the disease and dirt from the water, that Christ does that for US!
For more information on the water filters, check out www.filterofhope.org. The water filters are $40 each, and provide 500,000 gallons of water for a family over a 10-year period! What a low-cost way to prevent disease and illness while showing how God can do the same thing for them!
I’m excited about helping make a difference in the live of others, but I’m equally as excited about how God is going to use this to make a difference in MY life! My oldest daughter, Renata (age 18) will be one of the students on the trip, and this will be her 3rd trip to the DR.
Please be praying for us and the team as we prepare to go, as well as those that we’ll be ministering to there. While it’s important to have clean drinking water and a safe place to live, what they really need is Jesus!
You may be asking how you can help us make a difference! There are two ways you can make a HUGE impact:
1. PRAY! We need prayer partners to pray with and for us, and for those that we’ll be interacting with once we’re there.
2. FINANCIALLY! If you feel led to support us financially, you may give online though http://www.sandhillschurch.org. You’ll need to create an account, then log in. Click on the GIVE NOW button. (If you’d rather send a check, the church website has the mailing address). You’ll see a dropdown list to select where to designate your funds. To select the teen trip which my daughter and I will be serving on, select “DR Student Mission Trip 2015”, and in the comments section you can enter “The Jeffcoats”. To provide water filters, select “Water Filters” from the list.
To learn more about Filter of Hope, click here.
I’m also selling some of my artwork to raise money for our trip. An 8-pack of notecards (including envelopes and shipping) is $15. Multiple packs shipped to the same address is less. Just leave me a message in the comments. Payment is via PayPal. The pack contains 2 each of the following 4 photos.
This is totally stepping out of my comfort zone, but I feel God calling me to “Go” as it says at the end of Matthew which we refer to as “The Great Commission”. I’m hoping to make a difference in someone’s life. Who knows? God may be using this to make a difference in mine.