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Great children’s ministry workers are hard to come by.  Even the Bible says, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few” (Matthew 9:37). When we find a great worker at Kidzone, we value them!

Emily is one such worker.  She started volunteering in Kidzone many years ago working with our youngest students and infants.  She was just a young teen herself, but she was faithful. Faithful to be where she said she would be when she said she would be there. Faithful to care for the kids with a developing love for them and growing skills in teaching them the Word. Faithful to live her young life devoted to Christ in the best way she knows how.  Faithful to love, to learn, to grow, and to protect. She’s been faithful to our Kidzone kids and her love for them is evident in her eyes.  Their love for her is evident in their hugs & squeals when they see her.  Even our older children beg to go to her class.

Emily is turning 18 on the 18th.  It’s her golden birthday and I want to honor her.

One thing you might not know about Emily is this is her year.  I have watched her coming out of her shell and walking into her destiny.  It’s an amazing process to watch a transformation that is taking place in her heart as she prepares to graduate, enter college, and become all God has ordained her to be.  There is something deep going on inside Emily’s heart right now and I am as proud as a mama hen to have even a small, sideline role watching her grow.  God is shaping her into a better reflection of HIM and Kidzone is blessed because of it.

Because Emily is such a blessing to Kidzone, we want to bless her.

You may already know this, but Kidzone has been invited to Africa.  We’ve been asked to bring our ministry to the children in Bugembe, Uganda, and have the opportunity to visit our very own sponsored children at Watoto Children’s Village.  Emily wants to go.  We’ll minister to children, their parents, and most importantly the children’s ministry workers there who are just like us–teaching kids about Jesus in a growing, rural church.

Going to Africa is a very expensive trip and we have weighed the cost heavily.  We have prayerfully determined that God is calling us there and He will provide.  We have decided that our trip has a purpose and there’s a greater reason for us going than we could ever understand.  I know with every ounce of my heart that our trip is not only about God using us to minister to them, it’s about God using them to minister to us and about God using this trip to change our lives and our hearts. God’s going to do great things in Emily and through Emily if she is able to go. Her life, her ministry, and her perspective on all things will be changed through it.

Here’s where you come in. Kidzone Parents, Members of New Life, and other friends and family members, we want to pay for Emily’s trip and we need your help to do it.  We don’t ask for money often–so please know we make this request very hesitantly, but she’s worth it.  Will you help us send Emily to Africa on a Kidzone mission trip?

There are two things you can do: 1. Will you pray for our trip, our team, and the people we will meet?  Pray for God to use us on His behalf and for Him to provide the financial support we’ll need to go, specifically for Emily and other Kidzone staff and 2. Would  you consider supporting Emily by making a financial donation today?  Her birthday is Thursday (this Thursday) and I want to raise enough for at least the plane ticket, approximately $1,200-1,400.  I need your help.  This is a great opportunity to pool our resources and bless this lovely girl.  Would you consider donating $100, $50, $25, or any amount to help me reach this goal and help Emily take Kidzone to Africa?

This is how to donate. Go to  Enter the amount and then pull down the tab to Africa Missionary Support. Then simply complete the donation through paypal.  Everything that comes in this week will be designated for Emily’s gift.  Please give early this week, today if you can, so I know if I can proceed with giving her a gift certificate for her trip. I think you can add a note through the PayPal page if you’d like to include a note for Emily. If you prefer to give a check, you can write it to New Life and drop it off at the church by Wednesday night.

Here’s some small print details – your gift is not tax deductible because it is going to a specific person, it’s her birthday gift–BUT we won’t be giving Emily cash.  We’ll use the fund to pay her expenses.  If Emily decides she cannot go with us, the gifts cannot be returned to you or given to Emily, they will transfer to another Kidzone Mission Team member.  If we raise more than needed for her flight, we will utilize the extra for her food, lodging, supplies, gifts for our hosts, and in-country transport.  If there is excess after Emily’s expenses, we will utilize the extra for other team members from Kidzone’s staff.

Thank you so much for your support!  I will keep you posted on our progress in fundraising.  Please don’t tell Emily what we’re planning as we hope to surprise her!

If you would like to join our trip, or even bring your own young teenage child, please email me for more information about the dates, costs, and travel arrangements.




2 responses to “Emily

  1. Praying for Emily in her future and as she takes baby steps and huge steps of faith all the way to Africa and beyond. She is a blessing to me.

  2. I am excited in what God is doing in Emily! I love her heart for the Kidzone kids! She has been a blessing to me and my family.

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