An internet friend posted recently that she had open spots for "folks who don't live in the Grand Rapids area" on an upcoming missions trip with WCSG Radio, so I applied. Because #missions and #India. Also because I've watched Ronne post about so many other trips over the past few years that didn't work out for me to join.
This time around, though, there was no reason to say no. When I asked for the time off, my boss actually said he's going to see about putting me in the employee newsletter and having the facility sponsor me! So once work was clear, that was it. See, God and I have a deal: I'll take action on any missions trip that comes my way unless I get a no from Him. No no's means it's a yes! And it's no coincidence that her post was just a few days after I put this random internet image on my vision board for the year:
So now, the details.
Right smack-dab in the middle of July I will be heading to the Kullu Valley of Northern India (right in the Himalayas!) with Orphan Outreach and WCSG Radio. Together we'll get to meet and love and play and learn with the children at DUF (House of Grace) Children's Home while they're on summer break.
A staggering statistic I just learned? 35,000,000 children in India are orphaned. THIRTY-FIVE MILLION. That's 9% of India's children! And that does not represent the insane number of homeless kids living on the streets! This trip is a chance to make a difference for a few of them, and I am so excited to meet them.
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I'd love for you to join me.
I would love for you to partner with me in prayer and funding. As with all of my missions trips, I am committed to paying for at least half of the trip from my own pocket, and raising support for the other half. If you would like to donate towards this love adventure, you can do so here by putting my name (Ashley Webster) in the participant line. For those curious, the trip code is IN18-07WCSG, but it's not required to make a donation.
Current prayer requests:
That God would prepare the team for the work of this trip, mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually. That he would instill us with wisdom and boldness, humbleness and grace. And, selfishly, that the temperature would be a little below average while we're there. 95 degrees is not this lady's ideal climate.
I am so so excited for this adventure! It will be my first missions trip where I don't know anyone on the team, and my first time to India! Have you been to India? What should I know?