I am on track to graduate from the Christian Missionary and Alliance LEAD Program this summer, and I will be capping my schooling off with a week-long mission trip with Envision Miami. This promises to be a life-changing experience for me, and an excellent opportunity for others to learn about what God is doing in other parts of the world.

It is said that Miami is like a foreign country. It is so culturally diverse, that more than one hundred different languages are spoken. It may be viewed as a tropical paradise, but my heart genuinely breaks for many of its residents. Physical poverty is prevalent in many parts of the city. Spiritually, it is some of the hardest soil within the U.S. Just four out of ten people claim any sort of religion, and only one in ten are evangelical Christians. By embarking on this mission trip, I will truly learn how to be a light in a dark place and apply it to my everyday life here.

There are a couple ways you can help me. The first is prayer – that my group can address the needs to the residents of Miami. We need safety, as well as open hearts and minds throughout our trip. One of my favorite verses is Jeremiah 33:3, “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Indeed, God answers prayer, and He continues to give me more than I could ever ask for.

The second is your gift of any financial contribution. This is more than simply covering my needs. This is more than a one-time trip. This is an experience that will inspire our body to mobilize, multiply disciples, and transform the communities surrounding us. This is something that will help launch many other people toward greater things. In an age where we are constantly bombarded by requests to give here and there, I want to assure you that any amount you give will absolutely matter and will ultimately help.

I ask not only to help me finish what I started, but to help finish what God started. Jesus says that when we “proclaim throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, the end will come” (Mt. 24:14). In any case, thank you very much for your consideration.

UPDATE: We have reached our goal! Thank you for everyone who donated!!

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