Nov 10 2012

Lake NeuronLake Neuron: In which I announce travel plans

Original post at http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/LakeNeuron/~3/I87Qm7loV-0/

From 2003 through 2010, I went on a series of foreign mission trips through LEAMIS International Ministries – one per year. On the morning I left for Kenya in 2010, my father told my siblings and me that Mom’s cancer was inoperable and thus terminal. She died mere weeks after my return.

Obviously, I had other things to worry about at that point. Even apart from Mom’s condition, and some time before I left on that last trip, I had decided it might be time for a break in the mission trip schedule. I’ve had to rely on the kindness of friends, relatives and co-workers to raise money for the trips, and the Africa trips were especially expensive. I did not want people to get sick of hearing from me or cringe whenever they saw my name on an e-mail.

Over the past couple of years, though, people have frequently asked when I was going to take another trip.

I think I have the answer to that question. I left word last night for Debra at LEAMIS to count me in for a trip to Sierra Leone, in West Africa, a little over a year from now, in November 2013. (I will be away over Thanksgiving.)

Sierra Leone is on the opposite side of the continent from Kenya, and it’s different in culture, size and demographics. It should be interesting to see. This will not be a large team trip; it will be a small group of only two to four people. We’ll be installing water purification systems and doing cottage industry and other types of training.

I will be sending out a fund-raising letter later this month to notify my past mission trip partners of my plans; every now and then, people need to make a charitable gift before the end of the year for tax reasons. I anticipate that more of my fund-raising will take place next year. I don’t have a dollar figure yet, but some casual peeks at air fare to Sierra Leone indicate that it certainly won’t be any cheaper than air fare to Kenya was. And there are all sorts of other little expenses – my passport, which I first got in preparation for that 2003 trip to Nicaragua, expired in August, and I need to get it renewed. But if God wants me to do this, I know the money will come from somewhere.

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